Pandavula monastery, (near) Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, IN

Raw data

"On a hill at the village of Kapavaram, in the Rajahmundry subdivision of Andhra Pradesh are remains of a stupa, chaitya, and viharas. The site is unexplored and undated."
P.R. Ramchandra Rao, Andhra Sculpture (Hyderabad, Akshari, 1981) 100.
Input by: Stewart Gordon 15 Apr 2015

"Rock-cut caves and cisterns and remains of Buddhist Stupas, Chatyas and Viharas (monasteries) on the hill Pandavula or Pandavakonda
Location: Kapavaram, District: East Godavari"

"Kapavaram - Buddhist Archaeological Site [or] Pandavula Metta (Buddhist Monastery Remains)
even called as Korukonda Buddhist Site
Rock-cut caves and cisterns and remains of Buddhist Stupas, Chatyas and Viharas (monasteries) on the hill [P]andavula or [P]andavakonda.—AP Archeological sources.
Nearby cities: Rajahmundry, Kovvuru, Nidadavolu
Coordinates:   17°10'2"N   81°48'46"E"

"Pandavula metta in Korukonda metta at Kapavaram is a relics of Bouddha nilayams [structures, temples - tmc] from where Buddhist monks propagated Buddhism here lays the glory of the place. Central Archaeological department conducted excavations and found a big stone which is called Mahachaityam along with they found 24 small stupas in half moon shape brick constructed chaityam, and also they found a platform and rooms constructed for the Buddhist monks to live and worship prayers. Apart from that a spacious prayer hall also found during excavation. To reach the main sanctum they built 27 steps down to reach which stands live examples of this place. The archaeological department confirmed that the construction is of 2 A.D.
This is situated 20 Kms away from Rajahmundry. To reach this place there are several buses commencing from Gokavaram (Rajahmundry) Bus-stand. All buses to Rampachodavaram via Gokavaram will also halt at Pandavulametta."
Input by: tmciolek 21 May 2015

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 21 May 2015

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 Pandavula monastery, IN.

General location of the Pandavula monastery, IN.
Lat 17.167447 Long 81.813273
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2015.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=17.167447,81.813273&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Pandavula monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India: Andhra Pradesh

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 17.167447 Long 81.813273 - based on visual identification of the Buddhist site in satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 21 May 2015.

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 06 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

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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16. Additional notes

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18. Known monks and nuns associated with this monastery

19. Available Printed Literature

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