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This article provides information about Amravati/Amaravati and Amravati Stupa of Andhra Pradesh of India.

Amravati

Location: 65 Km from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
Founded By: An emissary of Emperor Ashoka
Timings: 10 am to 5 pm (Fridays closed)

The city of Amravati is situated in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It lies on the right bank of River Krishna, at a distance of approximately 65 km from Vijayawada. The erstwhile capital of Satavahana dynasty, it came under the influence of Buddhism through the Kushanas of Mathura. One of the major attractions of Amravati consists of the remains of a 2000-year-old Buddhist settlement, along with the great Buddhist stupa. There is also a temple dedicated to Lord Amaresvara in the city.

The Great Stupa of Amravati was constructed approximately 2000 years ago and stands taller than the stupa at Sanchi. Founded by an emissary of the great Emperor Ashoka, it is also known as the Mahastupa and Deepaladinne (the Mound of Lamps). The stupa is made of brick with a circular vedika and depicts Lord Buddha in a human form, subduing an elephant. It is adorned with 95 ft high platforms, protruding in four cardinal directions. Presently, Amravati stupa has been kept at the Government Museum of Chennai.

How to Reach Amravati

By Air
The airport nearest to Amravati is that of Vijayawada, situated at a distance of 65 km.

By Rail
The nearest railway station is in Guntur, approximately 32 km away.

By Road
Frequent bus and taxi services are available for Amravati, from Guntur and Vijayawada.


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