Vijayawada, The name translates to “Land of victory”.
Well, all through the years the city stood by its name securely establishing itself in the sociology of modern Andhra Pradesh as center of Financial, Educational, Medical fields simultaneously. Referred as the educational Sahara of Andhra Pradesh this city bags 2000 years old history in its name and is addressed as Bezawada by the locals as a way of showing their esteem.
This article reflects a few facts about the New capital of Andhrapradesh
The city was the capital of Andhra Desam which was ruled by the Satavahana and Vishnukundina Dynasties. The Capital region of Satavahanas consisted of the surrounding towns of Eluru, Guntur, Nuzvid and Gudiwada.
The new Capital Region is close to restoring the Glory of the age old History of the Vijayawada-Guntur region. The manuscripts found from the Indra Kiladri hill of Durgamma dated 927-933 AD mention the City name as Raja Cholendrapuram.
Vijayawada has been the Center of the Vishnukundina kingdom in the 5BC -6BC and the headquarters of the Early Chalukyas of Badami.
Lord Shiva appeared on Indra Kiladri with Prayers of Arjuna and gave him the Pasupathastra. The temple we now see was built by king madhava varma in 12th century.
The world famous Kohinoor diamond came from “Kollur mines”, Kollur Village which is now part of the AP Capital Region.
It stretches 1223.5 m across the Krishna River connecting Krishna and Guntur districts. It is one of the first major irrigation projects of South India and was completely successful in its mission. Completed in 1855 it helps irrigating over 1.2 million acres of land annually. Andhra Pradesh largely owes its rich agriculture to the Prakasam dam as the project facilitated the irrigation of large tracts of farmland.
These caves are said to be excavated in 5th century A.D. The caves are reputed to be the first of their kind in South India.
Vijayawada was recognized as municipality 126 years ago, Municipal court was estd in 1843, public works SE office in 1875, Rail track from dornakal in 1879 and Barrage on krishna river in 1855.
With a GDP of $3 billion in 2010, and is expected to grow up to $17 billion by 2025, the city has been recognized as a “Global City of the Future” by McKinsey Quarterly 2013
Inaugurated on 23rd of September 1990, the bus terminal of Vijayawada is India’s biggest and Asia’s second largest bus terminal. Also the Busiest Bus terminal of India.
Gautam Buddha, Taught the holy ritual of “Kalachakra” in the town of Amaravathi, which is home to many ancient Buddhist monks. Also, recently His Holiness Dalai Lama XIV came there in 2006 for performing Kalachakra.
Vijayawada Railway junction with hundreds of trains every day, is one of the busiest Railway Stations of India. The Vijayawada railway station was constructed in 1888. A train route connecting Vijayawada and Hyderabad was laid in 1889.
In 1969, the Golkonda Express was introduced between Vijayawada and Secunderabad as the fastest steam-hauled train in the country, with an average speed of 58 km/h.
Velagapudi Ramakrishna Siddhartha Engineering College (VRSEC) of vijayawada is the first private engineering college to be setup in Andhra Pradesh in 1977, then came the CBIT in 1979. Well, Ram Gopal Varma is this college’s product.
Containing about 1500 automobile accessory units and near about 1,00,000 workers being employed, the Jawahar Lal Nehru Auto Nagar Industrial Estate of Vijayawada is the largest automobile industry hub of Asia
The first evidence of helium was discovered on August 18, 1868 by French astronomer Pierre Jules César Janssen during a total solar eclipse in Guntur.
Pierre won the Patent for Helium against the Spanish Scientists. Discovered in India.!
The second largest wagon workshop of Indian railways is at Rayanapadu near Vijayawada.
The agricultural Market yard of Guntur is the biggest in Asia.
Mangalagiri, It is one of the few places in India where a Dead volcano can be found. The Narasimha Swami Temple on the hill has a tradition of pouring Jaggery Juice(Panakam), believed to to keep the Volcano dormant and is called Panakala Narasimha Swami.
“Maruthi talkies” which was built in the year 1921 at one town, Vijayawada.
Well, that explains a lot about the cinema fanatics doesn’t it?
Urvasi theater of Vijayawada was the first 70MM theater in whole Coastal India and the first movie to be played was Super star Krishna’s “Simhaasanam” .
The nunna mango yard of vijayawada is the world’s largest Mango Market.
Air Costa is head quartered and operates from Vijayawada. The City of Historic, Economic and Cultural significance is now back to reclaim its Glory with the announcement as Capital of Andhra Pradesh State. Cheers.!