Buddhism settled in the land Andhra Pradesh as early as the third and second centuries BC. The biggest monolithic 17 meter statue of the Buddha is situated in the heart of Hyderabad i.e. in the middle of Hussainsagar Lake. The state of Andhra Pradesh is adorned with more than 50 Buddhist sites. Out of these, half have been identified for renovation. The Government of Andhra Pradesh as well as the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has been working in tandem to excavate and preserve the Buddhist sites.
A subtle deep-rooted influence is seen in case of Buddhism in Andhra Pradesh. From Vijayapuri or 'Sriparvata', and from Amravati downstream of the River Krishna, Buddhism is absorbed to all its nooks and corners. From the dozens of Budhist sites in Andhra Pradesh Amravati Stupa is significant and prominent. Andhra Pradesh, The extra ordinary place of south India, has some of the most mesmerizing archaeological monuments that silently tell the story of Buddhism of the region and the legacy it left behind. Today, Andhra Pradesh is that celebrated place known to the present generation as the land of the ancient sites of Buddhist learning.
Major Buddhist Sites in Andhra Pradesh: