Spiritual aura engulfs Amaravati

Newindpress.com, December 29, 2005

AMARAVATI, India -- These small villages look like a replica of Tibet. With hundreds of Budddhist monks in red robes on every street and corner of historic Amaravati and Dharanikota, the places are not just wearing a festive look but are charged with spiritualism.

As you walk on the Krosur and College roads, close to the venue of Kalachakra-2006, the locals seem to be comfortable with the visitors.

In fact, it is the Tibetan language ringing more than Telugu here.

According to the district administration officials, more than 8,000 visitors including monks, nuns, Tibetan businessmen and believers of Buddhism are already here.

While most of the monks and nuns are seen shopping for vegetables and winter clothes, the businessmen have set up their own stalls, mostly Tibetan food joints.

On an average, the daily inflow is about 8,000 people and it is likely to increase in the coming days.

The four connecting roads from Vijayawada to Amaravati via Vaikuntapuram, Vijayawada to Amaravati via Tadikonda, Nagarjunasagar to Amravati via Sattenapalli and Guntur to Amaravati are being recarpetted.

It will take a few more days to get the works completed. The deadline is January 5.