Just the name is enough to bring a smile to your face, make you feel the pleasant breeze of the sea, the soothing touch of beach sand under your feet. Once you visit the city you’ll happen to grow an emotional relationship with it. But there’s more to it people. This city has its fair share of history and this article depicts ten of those countless things that make Vizag synonymous with splendidness.
1. THE CITY IS HOME TO INDIA’S FIRST NAVAL BASE.
The Eastern Naval Command Established one of its 3 Major bases in Vishakhapatnam which is also its headquarters and is responsible for the states of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Navy Day is celebrated on December 4th of every year in celebration of Victory at Sea against Pakistan in 1971 war. The event displays the power and fleet of the Indian Navy. A must attend event it is, Beach Road will flood with spectators watching the Magnificent Navy fleet exhibiting the strength at the Sea.
4. TRACES OF BUDDHISM.
Buddhist relics found in the Thotlakonda Buddhist Complex are estimated to date back from the 1st century BC to the 2nd century AD.
5. INDIA’S OLDEST SHIPYARD.
Yes, you heard it right.
Hindustan Shipyard Limited is India’s first and the oldest shipyard established way back in 1941 During the world war 2 era. As of 2009 it had built over 170 vessels and repaired almost 2000 ships and it is also known for conducting repairs for Indian Navy submarines. Guess what, it is also equipped to construct nuclear-powered submarines.
6. THE LAND OF LORD NARSIMHA
According to ancient scripts, Simhachalam- A Lord Narasimha temple which is located only 25 kms away from Vizag City is the place at which Lord Vishnu reincarnated in the form of Lord Narasimha responding to the prayers of Bhaktha Prahalada to end the carnage being caused by the demon Hiranyakasiphu to restore order and faith.
7. ALLURI SEETA RAMA RAJU IS FROM VISKHAPATNAM REGION.
This is the place that molded Alluri Seeta rama raju a famous Indian revolutionary of the Independence movement during his teen years. He enrolled at Mrs. A.V.N. College for his higher studies and it is there he was inspired to free his country. He is crowned with the title “Manyam Veerudu” (Hero of jungles) by the Telugu people.
9. WITNESS OF THE LEGACY.
In 1971 during the Indo-Pakistan war, Vizag witnessed the Pakistani submarine Ghazi being destroyed by Indian warship”INS RAJPUT” off the coast of Visakhapatnam.
10. INDIA’S FIRST NUCLEAR SUBMARINE “INS ARIHANT” IS BEING BUILT IN VIZAG.
The project was launched in 2009 and is expected to be completed in 2015. The completion of Arihant will make India one of the six countries in the world with the ability to design, build and operate its own nuclear submarines.
BTW, What does arihant mean??
Ari = enemy, Hant = Slayer
“Slayer of enemies”.
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