Special post cover published on the 3rd century Kodavali Buddhist stupa in Andhra Pradesh

Spread over 1.80 acres on a hill in the village of Kodavali, the stupa is at risk of damage due to proposed laterite mining in the area

Spread over 1.80 acres on a hill in the village of Kodavali, the stupa is at risk of damage due to proposed laterite mining in the area

Kakinada MP Vanga Geetha, Visakhapatnam Post Master General M. Venkateswarlu, and Buddhist monks issued a special post cover on a 3 rd Century Buddhist stupa at Kodavali in Gollaprolu mandal in Kakinada district.

It’s the 60 and special postal coverage published by the Department of Posts on various themes such as arts, culture and heritage, diversity of cuisine, personalities and places of Andhra Pradesh.

The Buddhist stupa, spread over 1.8 acres of land, is under threat due to the laterite mining project in the area. Falling under Survey No. 133/1, the stupa is part of Turakula Konda on which the mining proposal was approved by the Revenue Department in 2021.

In late 2021, environmental activists, historians and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) waged a battle against the mining proposal for the protection of the monument. Kodavali Buddhist Stupa is a monument protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Buddhist tour

Addressing the rally, Ms Geetha said she was working on a proposal to develop a Buddhist circuit around Kakinada town with the support of ASI and the state government.

“The stupa was explored in 1880. One of the rock-cut cisterns contains an inscription in Brahmi script which mentions the name of King Satavahana Vasistaputra Siri Chandasata who patronized Buddhism,” says the Post Office Department which printed the description on the special postal envelope. .

Buddhist monk Andhra Analayo and Buddha Dharma Peetham of Undrajavaram spoke about the significance of the site. Kakinada Postal SP DSU Nageswara Reddy, Anakapalli Postal SP J. Prasad Babu and Kodavali sarpanch Burra Naga Ramachandra were present.