Photographer's Note

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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  • Copyright: Satya Ghosal (photographer_sg) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 2 N: 690] (4414)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-03-04
  • Categories: Ruins
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  • Date Submitted: 2014-03-04 10:43
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