Three Buddhist 'chaityas' discovered

Andhravision News, June 4, 2006

Ghantasala, India -- Three Buddhist chaityas and a monastery, a three-dimensional structure, broken images, pillars and pottery from the 1st and 2nd century A.D. were some of the discoveries brought to light by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) during its recent excavations at Ghantasala in Krishna district.

Disclosing this to reporters at Amaravathi in Guntur district on Sunday, ASI Hyderabad Region Superintending Archeologist D. Jithendra Das said that the discoveries were made at Yennammapadu dibba in Ghantasala mandal.

The six-member ASI team, headed by Dr. Das, was on a three-month excavation mission from March to May.

Among the discoveries was a three-dimensional limestone carved structure, embellished on the dome portion of the stupa and which was an auspicious object for the Buddhists.