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VIJAYAWADA General Information of Vijayawada
Vijayawada or the "City of Victory" as it literally translates is called so as it was here or so it is believed that Arjuna, the Pandava Prince was rewarded for his penance, which he did on Indrakiladri Hill. Today, with excellent communications, perhaps the best in the South where railways are concerned, Vijayawada is looking forward to an exciting future.
A predominantly business city of the Coastal Anthra, Vijayawada on the banks of the holy river krishna attracts many piligrims as well for its temple dedicated to Durge. The city is also a base for visiting the Buddhist excavations at Amaravati, which is less than 70 km away. Also accessible from Vijayawada are the towns of Kuchipudi, Mangalagiri and Kondapalli which are famous for dance, temple and handicrafts respectively. So altogether Vijayawada presents a colourful and varied picture and can be termed as a business cum pilgrim cum tourist centre.
Places of Interest..
Built atop a hill,
the temple is synonymous with Vijayawada. It is among the important
mentioned in the sacred texts. Adi Sankara is believed to have
visited the temple and installed the 'Sri Chakra' here. On the way to the
Kanakadurga temple are the rock-cut carve dedicated to akkanna and Madanna,
Ministers in the court of Abul hasan Tanashah, the 17th century Qutub
Shahi ruler.Kanaka Durga, the goddess of power, riches and benevolence is
the presiding deity of Vijayawada.
The tallest structure in the Vijaywada skyline, Memorial to the Father of the Nation, is the 15.8m stupa on Gandhi Hill for merely known as Orr Hill. The Gandhi stupa is a monument erected in memory of Mahatma Gandhi. It was unveiled in 1968. The Gandhi Memorial Library, sound and light show, planetorium are the another places which attract the tourists.
Of the three cave temples dating back to the fifth century only one is still is good shape. It contains the idols of Lord Nataraja and Vinayaka among others. The other famous caves are the Undavalli Caves, situated about 8 kms. from Vijayawada. These caves were built in 7th century A.D.
Hazratbal Mosque is believed as a holy relic of Prophet Mohammad is a famous shrine of the Muslims.
St. Mary’s Church
It was Build on a
hillock in the east side of Vijayawada. St. Mary’s Church attracts
people from all religion and also from whole count. A fair is held
annually in which thousands of people participate.