Photographer's Note

The twin hills of Sankaram

Sankaram is located about 40 kms away (SW) of Vizag town in Andhra Pradesh, India. The village is known for its ancient Budhhist complex that is spread over two hills, Bojjannakonda and Lingalakonda (konda = hill, in Telugu, the language of Andhra Pradesh). Used by monks from the 1st to 9th centuries AD, the hills are covered with rock-cut caves, stupas, ruins of monastery structures, and reliefs of the Buddha. Bojjannakonda has a two-storey group of rock-cut caves flanked by dwarapalakas (door-keepers) and containing a stupa and gorgeous carvings of the Buddha (some restored). Atop the hill sit the ruins of a huge stupa and a monastery; you can still make out the individual cells where monks meditated. Lingalakonda is piled high with stupas, some of them enormous. (Will upload photos in subsequent posts). Absolute silence pervades the hills which are surrounded by lush green vegetation and vast stretches of paddy fields. Sometimes visited by pilgrims from Sri Lanka, Japan and China, the place attracts few tourists. This is the edge of the Lingalakonda hill with the rock cut Bojjannakonda monastery in the distance. The view was suddenly before me as I turned a corner among the rocks.

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  • Copyright: Satya Ghosal (photographer_sg) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 1 N: 434] (2973)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-02-02
  • Categories: Decisive Moment
  • Exposure: f/6.4, 1/60 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2014-02-03 10:45
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