Adurru – An Ancient Unkown Village

Adurru, name of a village I never heard before. We had been to several unknown places with very little information and almost all of them were pleasant surprises. Adurru was definitely one of them.

About the place
Adurru (or locally DubarajuGudi) is a 2400 year old Buddhist site in Razole taluk of East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh close to the banks of river Vainetaya, a tributary of river Godavari river very close to the Bay of Bengal.
The foundation of the stupa here was laid by Sanghmitra, Ashoka’s daughter on her way to Sri Lanka.

This site was excavated by Archaeological Survey of India in 1923. The operation unearthed several stupas, chaityas and viharas. The Mahastupa, built on wheel shaped plan 17 feet in diameter with a raised platform running all around the drum and Ayaka platforms on cardinal directions.

As for most of our trips, this place was planned to be covered in one Sunday (that’s the only day we get for travelling). We took an overnight train from Hyderabad to Palakollu.

As I got up in the morning, this is what I saw.

We relate to similar places only with Kerala but there are plenty of them in Andhra Pradesh.

These pictures were taken from the running train on the way.

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Just outside Palakollu railway station
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We knew the place as Adurru but were ignorant of the local name. Not knowing the local language also made it difficult to communicate. Finally, we were able to reach the village by an auto – Adurru 🙂

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It was a nice walk in the small village. We passed by several fishing ponds – these areas are famous for their fish production.

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The first sight of the site.
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There was no one except us. Though we always complain about crowded places, its not difficult to find places where there are no people at all.
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We sat down for some time and heard a group of parakeets chirping. I looked up on the trees and found this one…

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Then, we went waking around the village.
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We met some village children and communicated through the language that everyone understands – smile.
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There was a temple in the village though there were no worshipping people.

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There were many traditional houses in the villages. The prosperous had houses made of brick and cement while some of the houses where made of mud.
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We saw some round-shaped stuff on the trees. In telegu, they are called pidakalu or cow-dung cakes. These were used in all parts of rural India as fuel to cook food.

In Bhogi festival, it is used as Bhogi Manta (Holy Fire or sacred bonfire) All the useless household articles are offered to the fire signifying the removal of the sins from the houses.

Burning cow-dung cakes also drives away pests and mosquitoes. Since most households have now shifted to more ‘civilised’ forms of fuels like LPG, mosquito is becoming a big nuisance in villages. Mosquito borne diseases like malaria is on the rise.

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It was time to go back. The railway station was very clean and tempted me to try some photography to kill time.

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Another one-day trip but memories for a life time.

Hope you enjoyed the journey with me.

A request – As you can see, these places are untouched by tourism. These places are for us to see and enjoy but we need to do it responsibly. Lets preserve their beauty for future generations to relish.

Feel free to ask me any questions, I will be happy to answer them.

Read more about my travels here.

Thank you for reading this post. Hope you liked spending time here. I will be back again with another interesting place.

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20 Comments

  1. Commentgr8

  2. awesomee pics….

    • Thanks Sharan

  3. Sir,
    Even i want to come with you for traveling is it possible ?

    • Sure Mitesh. Thanks.

  4. Saurabh,

    Next time you go to Palakol, do not miss going on the temple gopuram. The view is just fabulous.

    • Thank you Sriram. Sure.

  5. Wonderful

    • Thank you Sanjeev!

  6. you made me nostalgic..very inspiring …

    • Thanks Sirisha~!

  7. Hello,
    I want to visit Adurru too… Can you tell me the details to reach there…. 🙂

    • Hi Mrinmayi,

      By train, you can get down at Palakollu and take buses to Mamidikuduru, There are frequest buses from Razole to Mamidikuduru also. From there you get Autos to Adurru (Around 4-5 Kms).

  8. sir happy to share with you. our village edarada near aduru. this stupa called as mahastupa. three mahastupas in the world. aduru stupa is one of them. aadivuru later on. called as aduru. it is a. buddies collage or learning centre.
    chalapathiraoakula

  9. Thanks for showing our village to the world.

  10. nice post
    definatei will visit this place early.

  11. nice post
    definatei will visit this place very early.

  12. My mother’s home town Adurru….Have plenty of childhood memories..really miss those days….

  13. so happy to see my village pics sir thank u

  14. Normally I never share. May be due to the fact that I am the native of Adurru
    I say that you have covered and conveyed facts very clearly. It is an art to
    express and feel it. As my father was a Violinist and I too play Violin, having
    artistic knowledge I enjoyed your Photos and ways of Conveying things to the
    point with clarity. Infact the Village was/is gifted with highly educted Doctors/Doctorates and mainly Vedic Ghan Patis and performed Yajnam in my childhood
    may be in 1960 tp 1963 period. Vedic schlolars used to chant vedam daily.
    My sincere thanks to you for having brought out our village story in Google word.
    with regards

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