Stone Icon Carving of Andhra Pradesh

Carving in Andhra Pradesh dates back to 1000 BC when Buddhism was at a peak. Under Satvahana, Amravati emerged as a centre that even till date testifies the magnificent Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic architecture that was evolved during that time. The state has vast deposits of granite and the abundance ensures the craft to thrive till date. Extensively a temple based industry; Krishnashila is the most common material for stone idol carving. Different production clusters are located in Kurnool, Guntur and Warangal districts. Other than idols, pillar carving is also incorporated in the temples around the city.

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