Buddhism has its roots fixed deep into the history of Andhra Pradesh and the state has some highly fascinating archaeological monuments that depict the stories of Buddhism in the region and the legacy that it left behind. Take Bojjanakonda and Lingalakonda as examples, Visakhapatnam was one of the prominent places in the state with traces of Buddhism. It is believed that Thotlakonda might have hosted more than 100 Buddhist monks back in the day.
A Buddhist center is soon going to be added to Vizag’s bag of tourist attractions. Thotlakonda area has been chosen for the construction of this center for its rich history of Buddhism. On account of this, representatives and monks from the Mahabodhi Buddha Vihara, Hyderabad met CM Chandrababu Naidu at the Chief Minister’s camp office in Vijayawada and presented the proposal to him. This venture which will have a Buddhist Sthupa, an Auditorium, a community hall, a research center and a museum on Buddhist studies.
CM responded to this and said he will consider this proposal and see in what areas the government can support them in this aspect. Later, CM released Buddha’s first preaching and the novel on Buddha’s last days which were written by ace historian E. Sivanagi Reddy.