On the eve of Kanuma every year for decades, Bojjannakonda the Buddhist Heritage site, near Anakapalle, gets vandalised in the name of tradition. Visitors from Anakapalle and other surrounding areas visit Bojjannakonda and throw stones at a specific place referred to as they have special names for what they do.
The Buddhist community, the Andhra University professor, students & INTACH have been participating in dialogue and awareness initiatives pre & during Kanuma day that this tradition of vandalising holds no ground since several years.
With letter writing, followup and sustained collaboration of volunteers this year on Kanuma (16-01-2019) there has been NOT been a single event of stone throwing or vandalising.
A few of volunteers and INTACH members were there since (10am to 2pm) along with Andhra University ex-professors, concerned students of Anakapalle college, Police and Archealogy Survey of India (ASI) staff to protect the site against vandalising.
2019 January 16th was best in terms of crowd managed behavior. There was no provoked situation, no wild behavior, no stone throwing the entire day and thus making the Mission Heritage site protection success.