SALIHUNDAM

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Location : 18-km From Srikakulam, Srikakulam District
Main Find : Stupas Of Buddhist Period
Significance : Archaeological Site
Earlier Names : Salipataka & Salipetaka

Salihundam is at a distance of 18-km from Srikakulam. On the Right Bank of the river Vamsadhara, about 116-km from Vishakhapatnam in the Srikakulam district. 'Salipataka' and 'Salipetaka' appear to be the early forms of the name of modern Salihundam.

Ensampling Buddhist Heritage
Salihundam,  Andhra PradeshThis village assumed archaeological importance owing to the existence of ancient monuments on a hillock close by. There are a number of Buddhist stupas and a huge monastic complex on a hillock amidst scenic surroundings. One can see 'Mahastupa', votive stupas, platforms and 'viharas'.

The Buddhist stupas recently excavated reveal the importance of this place in the bygone days. There's distinct evidence of the presence of the 'Vajrayana' cult. The statues of 'Tara' and 'Marichi' were discovered at this site. From here Buddhism spread to Sumatra and other far-eastern countries.

The Archaeological Department is taking all measures to preserve these monuments.

HOW TO GET THERE

Rail: The nearest railhead is Srikakulam.

Road: Salihundam is also connected by road to Srikakulam.

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation is available at the hotels in Srikakulam.








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