The Amravati Stupa is a beautiful specimen of ancient Buddhist architecture. The Stupa is located at Amravati which is 65 kms from Vijaywada and is visited by hundred of tourists and devotees every year.
The Amravati Stupa is a beautiful relic of the Buddhist school of architecture and art and dates back to around 2000 years. The Stupa is as tall as the Stupa in Sanchi and is also referred to as Mahastupa. Constructed by Emperor Ashoka using bricks, the Stupa consists of a circular vedika which represents Lord Buddha in a human form on an elephant.
The Stupa is based on a high platform which rises to 95 feet and protrudes in four directions. Lord Buddha in different forms has been carved in the sculptures of the Stupa. The intricate sculptures interpret the life of Buddha and his incarnations from the Jataka tales. Most of the archaeological samples of the Stupa relate to the Vajrayana teachings of Kalachakra.
Amravati Stupa is easily accessible and well connected with Vijayawada and other important cities in Andhra Pradesh. The nearest railway station is at Guntur. The best time to visit is from October to February when the summer heat is over.