Buddhism is an ancient religion which has greatly flourished in South and South-East Asia, several centuries ago. Telangana is a blessed land that was once home to ancient Buddhist settlements. The state is home to many significant Buddhist sites of immense archaeological importance.
One such unique site of Buddhism is located in Telangana at Karukonda hillock, which is known for its famous rock-cut monument. It is situated at a distance of about 6 km from Kothagudem and nearly 4 km from Ramachandrapuram village, inBhadradri-Kothagudem district of Telangana.
The original monument consists of two Buddhist Dagobas and two cells, carved out of the sand rocks, the remnants of which can be still seen clearly. They represent the Mahayana cult of the Buddhist religion. The walls of these cells are finely sculptured while the wall surfaces of the cells and dagobas were originally painted using natural colors available at that time.The hillock situated amidst nature, houses an important rock cut cave, which holds great significance in Buddhist teachings. These cave formations are unique and the paintings seen here, indicate few important events of Buddhism.
The serene backyards of nature, were chosen by Buddhist monks centuries ago to set up their monasteries. These still remain a place of great interest for people who share a desire to explore our history and culture. Visitors throng the site to enjoy the pristine nature and to explore various relics of Lord Buddha, including a meditation hall, dating back to the first century BC at the heritage site.Tibetans in ancient times, chose the Karukonda hillocks, in the present day Karukonda panchayat of Lakshmidevipalli mandal, as the most suitable place for the purpose of meditation. Some of the attractions at the historic site are caves, Budhdha’s images, Goddess Sita’s foot imprints and local Goddess Sadalamma temple.
How to reach
It is located 63 km to the east of Khammam. Khammam is connected to Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana, located at a distance of nearly 195 km, through road and rail transport. Kothagudem, Palwancha, Yellandu and Bhadrachalam are some of the nearby towns to Karukonda.