Thotlakonda monastery

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News:The Mahastupa of the Thotlakonda monastery which was reconstructed in 2016 by the State Archaeology department has collapsed recently.

Facts:

About Thotlakonda monastery:

  • Thotlakonda Buddhist Complex is situated in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Thotlakonda was under the influence of ancient Kalinga which was an important source of dissemination of Buddhism to Sri Lanka and various parts of Southeast Asia.
  • The monastery also provides an insight into the process of transoceanic diffusion of Indic culture, especially Buddhism.
  • Thotlakonda monastery came to light during an aerial survey by the Indian Navy for setting up a naval base.
  • After its discovery, major excavations have been conducted which established the existence of a Hinayana Buddhist complex which flourished 2000 years ago.
  • The excavation has also revealed Satavahana dynasty lead and Roman silver coins indicating foreign trade.