In the post Mauryan times, there used to be a trade route called “Dakshinapath” which was from Mahishamathi to Amravati.
It is a known fact that Amaravati was a cultural hub and an important Buddhist pilgrim centre. There was the very famous Amaravati Stupa depicting the teaching as per Vajrayana form of Buddhism.
AMARAVATHI or ANDHRA ART
The Amaravati school of art occupies a pre-eminent position in the history of Indian Art. With its beginning in 3rd century BC the Amaravati unfolds its chapters through the galaxy of sculptural wealth that once adorned the Mahachaitya the majestic monument of the Buddhists situated here with its history extending over a period of a millennium and a half. – Archaeological Museum, Amaravati – Archaeological Survey of India
- Centres – Nagarujnakonda and Jaggayapeta, Goli
- Satavahanas patronized this form of art
- The statues were Indian in character
- Jainism, Buddhism & Brahmanism statues were made
- Female figurines (depicting matriarchal society) were also made !
- Art forms depicted the various facets of nature
- Apart from stone, marble, white sandstone was also used.
Amaravati is considered the most sacred pilgrim centre for Buddhists in South India.
It is perhaps because of this significance that it has been chosen as one of the heritage cities for HRIDAY scheme of Government of India.