Kotturu monastery, (near) Elamanchili, Andhra Pradesh, IN

Raw data

Location: Kotturu (near Gokivada Forest)
Brief History:
There are many mounds on the hill, the excavation of which revealed a brick stupa chaitya. The stupa is in wheel shape in plan. The big mound near the stupa appears to be a vihara complex. The antiquities recorded from this place are similar to those Sankaram and other Buddhist sites in the region. The Buddhist remains here are datable to 1-2nd century AD. on the basis of datable antiquities recovered during excavation."

"Kotturu Dhanadibbalu - This is an ancient Buddhist remain site with a Maha Stupa and Remains of Vihara's along with a small portion of rock cut cave used by Buddhist monks. (1ST century BC to 2ND century AD) on the hill entrance to the Gokivadu forest area. It lies along the Left banks of River Sarada.
This place is locally known as "Dhanadibbalu". Still excavations are to be done by the archeology department at this site to excavate the viharas and minor edicts. Small rock cisterns are present very near to the Maha stupa, which is at the entrance of the hillock and at a further distance one can see the ruined mounds of Vihara with scaterred bricks. From there we can reach the rock-cut caves with small (nearly 5) portions (locally known as pandavula guha, due to the resemblance with the number of accommodation in the cave). […] Kotturu Dhanadibbalu is nearly 8KM from Yelamanchili town towards Atchutapuram. […] Lat 17.5275, Long 82.908056


Kottur: Archaeological survey of India on a "treasure hunt"
April 15, 2006
By Syed Akbar

Input by: tmciolek, Sep 27, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 07 Sep 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Kotturu monastery, IN.

General location of the Kotturu monastery, IN.
Lat 17.52774 Long 82.90783
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2012.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Kotturu monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Andhra Pradesh

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

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10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 07 Sep 2013
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12. Date-intermediate

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13. Date-late

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14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • "The Kotturu "mounds" are similar in structure to the internationally famous "Salihundam", a Buddhist site in Srikakulam district. Salihundam is an ancient settlement containing a maha stupa, votive stupas, chaityas, platforms and viharas. Here the inscriptions date back to the second century AD. The Kotturu "mounds" are four hundred years older than the Salihundam and archaeologists expect more "surprises" during the excavations." - http://syedakbarindia.blogspot.com.au/2006/04/kottur-archaeological-survey-of-india.html

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Archaeological, stylistical

16. Additional notes

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18. Available Printed Literature

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