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Pavuralakonda (the hill of the pigeons) is a hill located near the town of Bheemunipatnam, 25 km from Vizag city, with ruins of a Hinayana Buddhist centre calculated to have existed in the 2nd or 3rd century BC. In the picture, the Buddhist ruins can be seen in the form of broken segments of pillars on the right. The bricks in the vicinity are said to be the remains of ancient 'Viharas'. A total of 16 cisterns cut out of the rocks have also been discovered which, some archaeologists claim, were used for water storage and rain water harvesting. The workshop picture shows the ruins of these cisterns.
The ruined building is a far more recent construction known as the 'Dutch Bungalow' though there are no records that show it to be built by the Dutch. It might have been built by the Dutch or the Portuguese in the 16th / 17th century or the British at a later period.

What I found fascinating about the place was the sense of absolute desolation that it offered when we reached the hill top late one afternoon through a practically non existent road. I don't know how much of that I have been able to convey.

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Additional Photos by Satya Ghosal (photographer_sg) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 1 N: 499] (3393)
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