Second Century BCE Buddhist Site at Thotlakonda in Visakhapatnam (Download PDF)

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Heritage conservationists & members of Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has expressed concerns over proposed construction of amphitheatre, rest rooms & information centre at 2nd century BCE Buddhist site, Thotlakonda in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

Map of Second Century BCE Buddhist Site at Thotlakonda

Map of Second Century BCE Buddhist Site at Thotlakonda

Map of Second Century BCE Buddhist Site at Thotlakonda

  • Buildings might mar original heritage site & are against norms laid down by courts.

  • Court had ordered – no construction or development activity of any sort shall be permitted w/I boundaries of ancient site.

  • Tourism should be developed but not at cost of protected areas.

Details on Thotlakonda

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Image of Details on Thotlakonda

Image of Details on Thotlakonda

  • Thotlakonda site was 1st discovered in 1976.

  • Excavations conducted by ASI revealed ruins of well-established Theravada (Hinayana Buddhism) monastery.

  • Under Article 49 of Constitution, State is under obligation to protect every monument, place or object of artistic or historic interest declared to be of national importance from spoilation, disfigurement, destruction, removal, disposal or export, as case may be. (DPSP)

  • Under Article 51A (f) of Constitution, there is fundamental duty to value & preserve rich heritage of our composite culture. (Fundamental Duties)

Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH)

  • Formed in 1984

  • Vision is to spearhead heritage awareness and conservation in India.

  • Headquarter in New Delhi.

  • It operates thru various divisions such as Architectural Heritage, Natural Heritage, Material Heritage, Intangible Cultural Heritage, Heritage Education & Communication Services (HECS), Crafts & Community Cell, Chapters, INTACH Heritage Academy, Heritage Tourism, Listing Cell & Library, Archives & Documentation Centre.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 18, 2018

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