Buddhavanam or Sri Parvatarama at the Nagarjuna Sagar in Telangana is going to be one of the biggest theme park based on Buddhism by the Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation.
Buddhavanam (Buddha + Vanam (Forest)) is a part of the Integrated Development of Nagarjunasagar dam. The Nagarjuna Sagar dam is a part of the lower Krishna valley. The strategic location of the Buddhavanam is mainly to attract a large number of domestic and foreign tourists, particularly from the South-East Asian countries.
The area around the Nagarjuna Sagar dam is also called as Nagarjuna Konda or Sriparvata – Vijayapuri. The place Nagarjuna Konda was named after the famous Buddhist monk Acharya Nagarjuna. Nagarjuna Konda used to be a famous place for the Buddhist monks.
It is believed that Buddhist monks came to these secluded places for meditation. Another such example is the Belum caves.
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Buddhavanam park will be spread over more than 270 acres of land near Nagarjuna Sagar dam on the northern bank of river Krishna.
Buddhavanam park will have the following structures:
- The entrance plaza of Sriparvatarama
- At the centre of the plaza will be an octogonal basement
- Buddhacharita Vanam (Life of the Buddha )
- Maha Stupa
- Jataka Park
- Stupa Vanam
- Avukana Buddha statue
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