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Dhulikatta is located in Peddapalli Taluk of Karimnagar District. This small village is situated on the right bank of Hussainimiya Vagu, about 10 km from Peddabankur, a nearby non-monastic complex.

Dhulikatta is an important Buddhist site which contains many Buddhist stupas of the Satavahana period and one of the 30 walled cities mentioned by Megasthanes in his travel account, the Indica. Excavations have dated the site to have flourished between the 2nd Century BC to 2nd Century AD. The artifacts unearthed include remains of gateways built of light bricks, Mahastupas, residential houses, wells, punch-marked coins, Roman and Satavahana coins and seals. Experts estimate that forty-seven slabs were used to decorate the dome of the Stupa here. Remains of Chatra, Buddhapada, Charmachakra Stupa etc used to symbolically represent Buddha were found here. Other excavations have discovered Brahmi inscriptions on ayaka slabs and an ivory seal at the site. The bronze/copper idol of mother and child known as Ankadhatri is another important find.

Buddhist monks from all over the world visit this spot. The major event here is the 3-day Satavahana festival conducted in the month of January every year.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Karimnagar

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