1st Century Buddhist panels found

The Buddhist panels discovered on the bed of the River Gundlikamma in Prakasam district on Saturday

The Buddhist panels discovered on the bed of the River Gundlikamma in Prakasam district on Saturday

THE HANS INDIA | Nov 27,2016 , 01:37 AM IST

Vijayawada: Two Buddhist panels measuring 1.40X 0.55×0.13 metres depicting the worship of the Dharma Chakra were discovered on the river bed of the Gundlakamma River on Thursday at the village of Vennampalli at Tripurantakam Mandal, Prakasam District.

The panels made of Palnadu limestone represent the mature phase of Amaravati art and dates back to the 1st century AD when the area was ruled by the Satavahanas, said Dr Muniratnam Reddy of Archaeological Survey of India and Dr E Sivanagi Reddy, Buddhist Expert and CEO, The Cultural Centre of Vijayawada & Amaravati.

They said that the panels belonged to the Buddhist stupa located on Singarakonda hill at Chandavaram village and were used to encase the brick built stupa.They appealed the state Department of Archaeology & Museums to shift them to the site Museum at Chandavaram for safe custody and proper display.

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