To draw the attention of the general public to the importance of safeguarding and conserving the 2000-year-old Buddhist site Pavurallakonda, located at a height of about 150 meters above mean sea level near Bheemunipatnam, a torchlight walk has been organized to create awareness about the site and why it needs to be preserved and conserved.
More than 40 heritage enthusiasts and other citizens trekked up to Pavaralukonda here on Saturday. Speaking to Hello Vizag, Jayashree Hatangadi, heritage narrator, and INTACH member, who organized the torchlight march said, the need of the hour is to understand the importance of the heritage sites, which is in lying in dilapidated condition in our backyard. People care two hoots for this historical Buddhist sites which date backs to the 3rd century BC. Places like Thotlakonda and Bavikonda is completely littered with liquor bottles and other wastes by the local people for their pure entertainment and time pass every so often.
Request for protection for heritage sites Pavurallakonda near Bheemunipatnam, which flourished as a Buddhist monastic complex from the 3rd century BC to 2nd century AD, from the heritage conservationists, seems to be falling on deaf years on the part of the government, said Sohan Hattangadi, heritage enthusiast and environment activist. He further said it is one of the largest hilltop Buddhist monasteries in this part of Coastal A.P. And initial excavations had revealed a number of relics and pieces of evidence suggesting that viharas, stupas, meditation halls, and circular chaityas were part of the monastery.
Voicing his concern, Dr. V Srinvas, who has been practicing general medicine for four decades in the city, said we need to channelize awareness or we will lose out on the most essential part of Indian culture: its heritage”. The Government should bring out a heritage calendar: which will raise awareness amongst the public”