Sankaram, a small village, is situated about a mile to the east of Anakapalli in the Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. Within a short distance to the north of the village are two hills, one on the east called Bojjannakonda and the other on the west called Lingalakonda both surrounded by paddy fields.
The hills contain numerous monolithic stupas, caves that house ancient chambers where Buddhist monks used to meditate more than 2,000 years ago and beautifully sculpted statues of Buddha in different moods forming the ruins of what was one of the most remarkable Buddhist establishments in Andhra Pradesh during the period of 4th to 9th Century CE.
These are examples of rock cut architecture which is the practice of creating a structure by carving it out of solid natural rock. Rock that is not part of the structure is removed until the only rock left are the architectural elements of the excavated interior. Indian rock-cut architecture is mostly religious in nature. (Wikipedia)
The name of the village Sankaram is evidently a corruption of Sangharama (Boudha-arama) as these Buddhist establishments are generally known.
Numerous antiquities were recovered during the excavations conducted in 1907-08 on both the hills by Sir Alexander Rea, an architect who worked for the Archaeological Survey of Southern India as a photographer in the 1880s and became its first Superintendent in 1902.
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pajaran (65002) 2014-03-04 11:14
Interesantan i dobar tekst o starom selu i arhitekturi, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar rad sa cetiri lepe fotografije, lepo pokazano mesto i arhitektura, lepe boje.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting and good article on the old village and the architecture, with a history and description of the ...
Good work with four beautiful photos, beautiful place shown and architecture, beautiful colors.
Good composition, nice details shown on the architecture.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
lousat (96642) 2014-03-04 11:24
Hi Satya,your collage and your note are very very interesting,a perfect work about this incredible place,4 magnificent pics made in a perfect quality and great perspectives,fine details and natural colors too,i like it! Have a good night and thanks,Luciano
nikkitta (17068) 2014-03-04 11:33
Interesting and informative note to introduce the capture or better captures, all of them good as far as I can see, good subject and color contrast
My idea? It would be better to post them alone, if related, given each a number
Noel_Byrne (33416) 2014-03-04 13:28
A beautiful collage of images, to give such a great feel for this very special place. This is a very clever way to present the place to draw the viewer in, and your note is excellent.
Thanks for sharing this.
holmertz (58186) 2014-03-05 2:39
This is a fine set of photos giving us an idea of a small fraction of the incredibly rich Indian cultural heritage. I think nobody could see all the important ancient works of art and architecture in a lifetime. Each photo on its own is good and informative and their nice arrangement increases the pleasure of watching them.
Royaldevon (42421) 2014-03-05 3:00
I love history and the idea of these sculptures having been undertaken so long ago is quite breath-taking!
You have given us a fine view of them and their location.
To be honest, I would prefer to see one shot, full size, where I can gaze at the details, with further examples as w/s but, that is my preference.
Have a great day,
williewhistler (16412) 2014-03-05 3:42
a very nicely composed montage,with each shot being well exposed with good details all worthy of interest and attention.
Your note is also very relevant and very interesting,congratulations on an excellent TE contribution.
Kind regards Les.
Sergiom (87067) 2014-03-05 6:20
J'aime bien la forme que tu donnes à ces quatre photos. Elles se complètent très bien et jouissent toutes d'une raison d'être là.
SimoAle (646) 2014-03-05 8:08
bel collage raro da trovare qua su TE.
Le immagini sono ben definite e con colori brillanti! Ottima nitidezza e mi è piaciuta molto anche la tua nota, l ho trovata davvero interessante!
Ti auguro una buona serata!
Cricri (124756) 2014-03-05 10:25
Une note intéressante et un assemblage de quatre images qui ce complète bien, bon rendu des détails et des couleurs
Silvio1953 (151503) 2014-03-05 12:17
Ciao Satya, greast collage of beautiful photo, in each fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Fis2 (105036) 2014-03-05 13:13
Interesting photo "4 in 1"
Excellent colors and sharpness.
I like windows.
jhm (158820) 2014-03-06 6:01
You took four nice pictures, together a lovely collage.
I am agree with previous writers these four picture are all worthy for alone to posting.
You took a very nice picture with a lovely composition.
The clear sky shows a nice contrast.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
ourania (50541) 2014-03-06 12:05
a fascinating village with stupas and houses carved into rocks. Your presentation is most interesting and ignites our curiosity to know more of this place. You chose fine perspectives for each of your photos and they are all well framed and deep. Sharpness is excellent, details and textures are very attractive. I like very much the moody colours and the mysterious shadows. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
wolf38 (31296) 2014-03-07 22:43
Hi Satya. Four photos in a frame. A good idea. All photos complement each other perfectly. This post is complemented by informative text.
photoray (13981) 2014-03-10 11:35
Fine collage of the Vishakhapatnam area caves with the magical and mystic Buddha statue carvings. To visit in person would be an excellent adventure.
Thank you for sharing,
adores (46329) 2014-04-01 14:50
I guess it's the first time I'm seeing photos of this place. Amazing work, reminds me of some caves I saw in Myanmar and it's surely a place to be visited. I suppose it hasn't been discovered by tourists yet:)! Good photos, I like the idea of putting them together, to give a better idea of the place.
drweizy (540) 2014-07-19 1:13
very good ancient carves, Chinese Buddha was first from India, and got great development in China. Until now, many people like buddha.
thank you for sharing