6th Century Angkor Wat Buddhist Temple found in Telangana – Buddhism in Telangana

Buddhism in Telangana

Devunigutta Buddhist Temple_Buddhism in Telangana
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There are numerous reference to Buddhism in Telangana and recent findings is a perfect example of this.

In the recent Archaeological excavations a biggest find is the 6th century Buddhist Vajrayana Temple at Devunigutta village in Prof Jayashankar Bhupalpally Dt of Telangana. The architecture of the sculpture here is very unique. Generally we see one single piece sculpture in many historical places in India or different stones to form a pillar or a construction. But the sculpture found is different in Vajrayana temple. Small pieces of carvings on different stones forms a unique sculpture in this temple. Below is the image of the sculpture found at Buddhist Vajrayana Temple.



Angkor Wat Buddhist Temple in Devunigutta-Buddhism in Telangana
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The architectural style of the temple resembles Angkor Wat of Cambodian architecture or Java’s Barabadur Buddhist Temple which belong to 6th century or even older.
The height of the Buddhist architectural wonder is 24 feet high and top portion resembles a pyramid shape. The temple doesn’t have any foundation stone and is built on two-layered nine foot walls. All the bricks used in this temple are made of sand. The team of historians who explored this place found a marble stone stupa which is believed to be from 2nd century BC.

6th Century Angkor Wat Buddhist Temple in Devunigutta in Telangana

There is beautiful lake located at a distance of 100 feet from this historical Buddhist temple of Telangana. It is believed that the marble stupa was worshiped by various Buddhist monks at that time.
As no deity was found inside the temple, local villagers installed Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy statue in this temple and started worshipping daily. One can also found various images of life of Lord Buddha in this temple. There is belief that Vajrayna has been spread to various places in the world from Nagarjuna Konda.

6th Century Angkor Wat Buddhist Temple in Devunigutta in Telangana

Location:
– Devunigutta, near Mulugu Mandal, Prof Jayashankar Bhupalpally District.
– Approx. 200 kms from Hyderabad
– 60 kms from Warangal city.


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