Nagarjunakonda is situated about 150 km towards southeast of Hyderabad on the Krishna river. Nagarjunakonda, a small island of South India, is a major pilgrimage center for Buddhists.
It was one of the largest and most important Buddhist centers in South India from the second century BCE until the third century CE. It was named after Acharya Nagarjuna, a renowned Buddhist scholar and philosopher. It is one of India’s richest Buddhist sites.
It was the capital of the Ikshvaku dynasty, between 225 and 325 CE. The inscriptions describe Nagarjuna as a proponent of Shunyata or the void, a metaphysical concept wherein the acquisition of a mental state of nothingness has been extolled and considered to be the path for achieving Nirvana or salvation.
The site was once the location of many Buddhist universities and monasteries, attracting students from as far as China, Gandhara, Bengal and Sri Lanka. Nagarjunakonda at present is an important archaeological site where great pieces of architecture of Buddhist civilization were excavated. The remains here were actually discovered in 1926 in the adjacent valley. Nagarjunakonda Buddhist Stupas are the Buddhist remains from the ancient times and is the most important site.
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