Salihundam monastery, (near) Kalingapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, IN

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"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."

"Salihundam is a small village near Kalingapatnam of Srikakulam District of Andhra Pradesh. This small dwelling is famous archeologically as a Buddhist site. There was many ancient Buddhist relics and monuments found during excavations conducted here. On a small hillock, surrounded by beautiful scenic beauty, you can still see the Buddhist stupas, votive stupas and a huge complex. Apart from this, there are some evidences of the presence of the vajrayana Cult."

"Salihundam is a village and panchayat in Gara Mandal of Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh, India.
It is a famous Buddhist Remnants site situated on the south bank of River Vamsadhara at a distance of 5 kilometers west of Kalingapatnam and 18 kilometers from Srikakulam town.
It was known as “Salivatika” (meaning rice emporium). But many called it "Salyapetika" (meaning box of bones or relics). There are a number of Buddhist stupas and a huge monastic complex on a hillock amidst scenic surroundings.
The site was first discovered by Gidugu Venkata Rama Murthy in 1919. During excavations relic caskets, four stupas, a Chaityagriha, structural emples and a number of sculptures reflecting the three phases of Buddhism - Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana were found dating back to about 2nd century BC to 12th century AD. The statues of 'Tara'[1] and Marichi were discovered at this site and from here Buddhism spread to Sumatra and other far-eastern countries through River Vamsadhara and Kalingapatnam Port. […] Lat 18.333333, Long 84.05"

Input by: tmciolek, Sep 27, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 12 Jul 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 Salihundam monastery, IN.

General location of the Salihundam monastery, IN.
Lat 18.3339 Long 84.0430
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2012.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=18.3339,84.0430&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Salihundam monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Andhra Pradesh

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 18.3339 Long 84.0430 - based on visual identification of the site in maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 27 Sep 2012.

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

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

MBM chrono-tag: <=0200 - tmciolek 12 Jul 2014
<=0200 0200-32c 0233-66c 0267-99c 0300-32c 0333-66c 0367-99c 0400-32c 0433-66c 0467-99c 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66p

12. Date-intermediate

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13. Date-late

MBM chrono-tag: 1133-66p - tmciolek 12 Jul 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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17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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18. Available Printed Literature

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