The ‘Bouddha mela’ speakers expressed strong condemnation of ‘neglect’ of the Buddhist heritage place by the government.
Many People visited at Bojjannakonda on Kanumu day,which is to participate after sankranti annually. They decried about the public showing to come during the picnic season and the annual ‘Bouddha mela’ only. And the site being reduced to a mere the picnic spot with tourists also. There is no developed roads properly to approach and no bus facility also. The police security will be arranged temporary during the Bouddha mela only as its not sufficient for around 60,000 people.
Buddhism as a ‘way of life’ and not a religion by Pujya Dharmadhaja, Banteji of Dhammdeepika Charitable Trust, Ghantasala in Krishna district “Strong security is needed to protect this centuries-old site from anti-social elements and to protect the sanctity of the places. And also this site must be included in the tourist to promote tourism in a big
way,” he told.
He furthermore added. “I have been coming here for the past seven years and I hear that the Union Government has sanctioned Rs. 70 crore for the development of Buddhist heritage place in the region. There are complaints of quarrying of the hills nearby and this is said to be causing destruction of the heritage monuments and the government should initiate immediate action,”
“This site should be developed as a tourist spot and should be provided accommodation to tourists apart from basic amenities like toilets and drinking water.
The Center and State governments should take more interest in promotion of the site to attract tourists from far and wide,” said by Balla
Nagabhushanam, founder president of Siddhartha Social Service and Cultural Association.
Bojjannakonda was found through excavation under the aegis of Alexander Rim in 1906. A gold coin which is belongs to the Samudragupta period, copper coins of the Chalukya king, Kubja Vishnu Vardhan, coins of Andhra Satavahanas and pottery were discovered at this place.
An interesting feature of Bojjannakonda is that it shows features of all the three phases: Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana. A series of rock-cut caves, monolithic structures standings on rock platforms are present on the northern side of the hill. A stairway which is leading to a large double-storeyed cave and the rectangular cave has a doorway and is flanked by ‘dwarapalas’ on either side.