(Last Updated on : 16/10/2014)
Bhattiprolu is a tiny Indian village
located in the district of Guntur
in the southern Indian state
of Andhra Pradesh
. 'Pratipalapura' was the original name of the region of Bhattiprolu and it was known to be a prosperous Buddhist
town and a portion of the Sala
kingdom which existed prior to the regime of the Satavahana Dynasty
in Andhra Pradesh. Historical evidences bear testimony to the reign of King Kuberaka in Bhattiprolu, around 230 BC. This village is quite renowned for possessing a Buddhist stupa which is also known as 'Vikramarka kota dibba' which was constructed around the 3rd or the 2nd century BC. The geographical coordinates of Bhattiprolu are between 16 ° 6 minutes North and 80 ° 46 minutes East.
Buddhist Stupa in Bhattiprolu
During the year 1870, three mounds had been discovered in Bhattiprolu and in 1892 certain excavations conducted by Alexander Rea had unearthed remnants of Lord Buddha
, three embedded stone relic caskets which consisted of crystal caskets. A Buddhist stupa had also been found which measured about 40 metres in diameter and was equipped with an extra basement with a width of 2.4 metres which surrounded the stupa. One of the most impressive discoveries has been the crystal relic casket of Buddha's 'sarira dhatu', which had been uncovered from the central part of this stupa. Other significant discoveries include a silver casket housing a beautiful gold
casket with beads of crystal and bone, a series of votive stupas engraved with images of Lord Buddha, ruins of a grand pillared hall and a magnificent stone receptacle possessing a vessel composed of copper
which are all a portion of the great stupa or the 'Mahachaitya'.
Brahmi Script of Bhattiprolu
Bhattiprolu is home to one of the most ancient remains of Brahmi script
in southern India. This Brahmi script had been written over an urn which possesses certain relics of Lord Buddha and this Indian script
was termed as the 'Bhattiprolu alphabet'. As per the views of some historians, Kannada
script had evolved from the Brahmi script.
Villages Near Bhattiprolu
Pedapulivarru, Addepalli, Surepally, Guttavaripalem, Konetipuram, Kannegantivarepalem, Pesarlanka, Vemavaram, Ilavaram, Pallekona, Vellatur, Pedapulivarru, Guttavaripalem Pedalanka, Allamudi Gudavalli, Akkivaripalem, Gorigapudi and Chintamotu.
Bhattiprolu is situated at a distance of nearly 28 km from the area of Tenali
and 15 minutes drive from Repalle. It falls under the jurisdiction of the Guntur Division of South Central Railway, and it is also a station which lies on the Repalle-Tenali railway. One can access Bhattiprolu through Ponnur, Tenali, Bapatla and Repalle via roadway and it is based on the National Highway 214A (India).