Chinese Buddhist pilgrim and scholar Xuan Zang stayed in Vijayawada to study Buddhist scriptures. Chinese Buddhist pilgrim and scholar Xuan Zang stayed a pair of years in Bezawada (the old name of Vijayawada) to copy and study the Abhidhammapitakam, the last of the three pitakas (Pali for baskets) constituting the Pali canon, the sacred writtings of Theravada Buddhism. The writings of Xuan Zang about his travels in India arereport of the life of the people in the 7th century. The Chinese government has used his work to establish that the relationship between India and China is 1,400 years old.
iii. Xuan Zang travelled to Andhradesa to visit the Viharas at Amaravathi and Nagarjunakonda around 640 C.E. It is popularly believed that he stayed at Amaravathi for a couple of years to study the Abhidhammapitakam.
iv. British chronicler and collector of Kistna Gordon Mackenzie in his manual written in 1883 recorded that Xuan Zang in his writing spoke about the kingdom of Anta-lo (Andhra) with its capital Ping-ki-lo (Vengi) and in Dhanakacheka (Dharani Kota).
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