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 and ornaments, 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 and Telugu 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).