Pavuralakonda monastery, (in) Bhimunipatnam, Andhra Pradesh, IN

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"Historical evidences of Buddhist Culture have been noticed at Bheemunipatnam dating back to 3rd century BC on the hillock Pavuralakonda (also known as Narsimhaswami konda locally) in the town. Buddhist remains were found during the excavations here along with Relic caskets.
Pavurallakonda or Pavurallabodu is the local name of a hill, popularly known as Narasimhaswamykonda, near Bhimili about 30 km from Visakhapatnam. During the course of the exploration, nearly 14-16 rock-cut troughs or cisterns were found hewn into the bed rock. Near the entrance of the tank were found two Brahmi label inscriptions.
Trial excavations in the habitation, revealed foundations of Viharas with cells and common verandah, circular chaitya grihas, votive stupas, halls etc. Associated with the structures were found two Satavahana coins, a Roman coin, inscribed pot sherds, besides black and red ware, black polished ware, beads etc. Basing on the above cultural material and epigraphical source, the site can be dated between 3rd Century BC and 2nd Century AD.
A dislodged small empty copper casket, in two parts, i.e., the upper lid and the lower container, was recovered while exposing the votive stupa (no. 1) situated near the tank (cistern). Some Ruined Dutch constructions are very near to the Buddhist site on pavuralakonda."

"Pavuralakonda - This Buddhist setllement found here is estimated to have witnessed human habitation between 1st century BC to 2nd century AD. Sixteen rock cut cisterns for impounding rain water are found on the hillock, which offer a panoramic view of the coastline. Pavurala konda or the "Hill of Pigeons""

"Pavuralakonda or Narasimhaswamy Konda is located to the west of Bhimli or Bheemunipatnam which is about 24 km. from Vizag. This hillock also called 'hill of pigeons', covering an area of 10 to 12 acres, is at a height of 168mts above sea level. Excavations of the site believed to be dated between 3rd C. B.C. and 2nd C. A.D, revealed nearly 14-16 rock-cut troughs or cisterns used for collecting rainwater, foundations of viharas, with cells and common verandah, circular chaityagrihas, votive stupas, halls etc. The river Gosthani which flows nearby Pavuralakonda served as navigation canal for inland trade in the early centuries of the Christian era."

Input by: tmciolek, Sep 27, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 07 Mar 2014

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 Pavuralakonda monastery, IN.

General location of the Pavuralakonda monastery, IN.
Lat 17.88904 Long 83.43759
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2012.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=17.88904,83.43759&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Pavuralakonda monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:Andhra Pradesh

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 17.88904 Long 83.43759 - based on visual identification of the site in terrain/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 27 Sep 2012.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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 Mar 2014
<=0200 0200-32p dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

MBM chrono-tag 0100-32c 0133-66c 0167-99c - tmciolek 07 Mar 2014

13. Date-late

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MBM chrono-tag 0200-32p - tmciolek 07 Mar 2014

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. Available Printed Literature

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