Ramateertham is a town panchayat in Nellimarla mandal of Vizianagaram area in Andhra Pradesh in India.It is around 12 km from Vizianagaram city. It is a popular Journey and furthermore Antiquated Verifiable Site since third Century BCE There is a mail station at Ramateertham. The PIN code is 535 218.
Archeological review report of 1903 depict it as:
Ramateertham is one of the spots made consecrated by a customary association with Rama. The sanctuary and town at the base of a chain of slopes of strong stone on which are some enduring springs of water, and different places each in a route related with the name of Rama. The Jains have additionally had a living arrangement here, their remaining parts comprising essentially of common caverns with piece figures set in them, and some little demolished block sanctuaries. It is one of only a handful barely any spots toward this path where Jaina remains exist. The main notification of covered stays here is in Sewel’s Rundowns (Vol. I, page 15) where notice is made of extraordinary loads of broken blocks and cut stones on a slope which is troublesome of access. It was until now obscure that these remaining parts were Buddhist, and this I just found last season. Since that time, unearthings have been directed and brought about the uncovering of a broad piece of what has without a doubt been a huge and significant Buddhist religious community.
Buddhism and Jainism
The Dark Stone slopes on which you can discover the remnants of some Buddhist and Jain structures known as Bodhikonda. Aside from it there are two different slopes by name Gurabaktakonda (Gurubhakthulakonda) and Ghani konda (otherwise called Durga Konda) on which you can locate a third century BC Buddhist Religious complex remains and rock-cut caverns with Jain Tirthankara pictures on the dividers of the caverns.
At Ramateertham there are three lines of slopes standing equal east and west, and each isolated from the other by a tight valley. The southernmost is known as the Bodhikonda, and on it are the spots associated with Rama, and Jaina remains comprising of common caverns, rock workmanship, pictures and a demolished Jain block sanctuary towards south west of the hill.
The northern slope is the Durgakonda, so named from a picture of that goddess which remains in a characteristic cavern at its western base. Before this cavern and on the stone above it are a few hills. They contain both Buddhist and Jaina remains.
The focal slope is known as the Gurabaktakonda (Gurubhakthulakonda) and it is high up on its northern side that the destroyed Buddhist cloister stands. The slope is framed of steep uncovered strong stone, adjusted on the top and around 500 feet in stature. Close to its south highest point, under a vertical mass of rock is an enduring spring, next to which are a demolished block hill and some Jaina pictures. On the rooky highest point are some block hills. On the north essence of the slope at a tallness of around 400 feet from the base is a long sporadic rooky stage 903 feet long and averaging in excess of 100 feet in broadness. The slope above it stretches out all through its entire length in a vertical mass of rook around 100 feet high. Characteristic abnormalities in the northern substance of the stage have been made up by holding dividers of stone workmanship. Along the entire stage is a progression of block hills which were secured with thick wilderness.
The exhuming so far as it has continued has brought about the uncovering of the accompanying structures noted continuously from west to east. The base of a block stupa at the western limit 65 feet in measurement, and a tank adjacent to it which was without a doubt kept loaded up with water from the perpetual spring on the slope top. Bordering it on the east is an isolates mass of loaded shakes on the east culmination of which stands a chaitya 55 feet long. In its apse is a stone dagob in great safeguarding aside from a piece of the arch. It contained the stone top of a relic coffin. On the north and south lower sides of the mass of rock are two lines of block cells each ended by a little stupa or dagoba. East from this again is a pillared lobby 77 feet square with lines of monstrous stone wharfs all fallen or broken.
Two other huge chaitya with dividers despite everything representing a significant stature append this on the east, and north of them on the external substance of the stage is a long column of cells and different structures. Different hills at the east furthest point of the stage are up ’til now just somewhat investigated. A stone sculpture of Buddha with the effortless streaming robes of the Amaravati models is the just one of the sort up ’til now found. The chaityas are sporadic in their direction likely demonstrating various times of development on the slope.
Post Freedom Unearthings
Unearthings by the Archeological Review of India yielded some more Remainders along these Ramateertham slopes including Buddhist relics and Jaina Figures. This site is presently under the upkeep of Archeological Study of India, Hyderabad circle.
The acclaimed old sanctuary of Ramachandra Swamy can be found here. The wonderful icons of Master Ramachandra Swamy, Sita and Lakshmana in Silver kavachas can be seen at this sanctuary. There is an excellent lake in region of the sanctuary. One needs to visit this sanctuary for its peacefulness. The celebrations of Sri Ramanavami and Vaikuntha Ekadasi are praised with pageantry and intensity here. You can see numerous tortoises with Vishnu Namams on their backs, wandering around in the sanctuary. There is likewise a Rama Stambham introduced by Pedda Jeeyar.
Close to Ramatemple there is a Shiva sanctuary developed in 2007. Goddess Shri Kamakshi in the Shiva sanctuary is must see for everyone. There are a ton of strict exercises which happens in the Shiva sanctuary for each full moon and during navaratri festivities. Numerous enthusiasts visit both the sanctuaries during significant days. This spot has parcel of strict significance and is recorded as well.