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  1. 1. Code DistrictAD AdilabadAN AnantapurCH ChittoorEG East GodavariGU GunturHY HyderabadCU KadapaKA KarimnagarKH KhammamKR KrishnaKU KurnoolMA MahbubnagarME MedakNA NalgondaNE NelloreNI NizamabadPR PrakasamRA RangareddySR SrikakulamVS VishakhapatnamVZ VizianagaramWA WarangalWG West Godavari
  2. 2. East Godavari District (Telugu: తూర్పు ్పు గోదావర్పి జిల్లా్పు) (often abbreviated as E.G.Dist, E.G.Dt) is a ప ల్లdistrict situated on the northeast of the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.In Madras Presidency,The district ofRajahmundry was created in 1823.The rajahmundry district was reorganized in 1859 into two - the Godavariand Krishna districts.Godavari district was further bifurcated into East and West Godavari districts in 1925.Itsdistrict headquarters is in Kakinada.Very Early Hindu kingdomsThe district, like the rest of the Deccan was under the Nandas and Mauryas in its early history. After the fall ofthe Mauryan Empire, the district was under the Sathavahanas until the third century under the famous poet king Hala. Coins found during excavations have revealed the rule of Gautamiputra Satakarni, Vasisthi-putra Pulumayiand Yajna Sri Satakarni. Gupta emperorSamudragupta invaded during the rule of both Pishtapura and Avamuktain the district in 350 A.D. Samudraguptas invasion was followed by the rule of the Mathara Dynasty from 375 to500. The earliest known ruler of the dynasty was Maharaja Sakthi Varma.The district passed into the hands of Vishnukundinas during the rule of Vikramendra Varma I during the 5thcentury. The records indicate that their domain extended over Visakhapatnam, West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur Districts in addition to East Godavari District. Indra Bhattaraka defeated the rulers of Vasistha Kula andre-established Vihsnukundina authority, but was shortly defeated by Kalinga armies. Indra Bhattaraka wasfollowed to the throne by a few others, including Madha Varma III and Manchanna Bhattaraka, who tried torestore their kingdom. Madhava Varma III was the last important ruler of this family.There are lot of Princely States and Zamindaris in East Godavari, who are successors to the Suryavanshi Kingsof Rajputana, migrated in early 12th century. Famous Zamindaris are Peddapuram, Tuni, Ramachandrapuram.They are Vatsavai Kings and carry titles of Jagapathis.Since Indian independence, 1947-presentAfter Indias independence in 1947, the former Madras Presidency of British India became Indias Madras State.In 1953, the northern districts of Madras state, including Godavari District, became the new state of AndhraPradesh. Yanam was relinquished by the French in 1954, but one condition of the cession treaty was theretention of the districts separate and distinct identity, which also applied to the other South Indian enclaves
  3. 3. Subdivisions (Mandals) Subdivisions (Mandals)The five revenue divisions are Kakinada, Rajahmundry, Amalapuram, Rampachodavaram and Peddapuram and they consist The five revenue divisions are Kakinada, Rajahmundry, Amalapuram, Rampachodavaram and Peddapuram and they consistof 60 revenue mandals in total. of 60 revenue mandals in total.Amalapuram Amalapuram Kapileswarapuram Kapileswarapuram Rajahmundry(Urban) There are 99 Rajahmundry(Urban) There areAddateegala Addateegala Karapa Karapa Rajanagaram Rajanagaram municipalities in East municipalities in EastAinavilli Ainavilli Katrenikona Katrenikona Rajavommangi Rajavommangi Godavari District, out of Godavari District, out ofAlamuru Alamuru Kirlampudi Kirlampudi Ramachandrapuram Ramachandrapuram which Kakinada and which Kakinada andAllavaram Allavaram Korukonda Korukonda Rampachodavaram Rampachodavaram Rajahmundry are Rajahmundry areAmbajipeta Ambajipeta Kotananduru Kotananduru Rangampeta Rangampeta Municipal corporations. Municipal corporations.Anaparti Anaparti Kothapalle Kothapalle Ravulapalem Ravulapalem Amalapuram AmalapuramAtreyapuram Atreyapuram Kothapeta Kothapeta Rayavaram Rayavaram Kakinada KakinadaBiccavolu Biccavolu Malikipuram Malikipuram Razole Razole Mandapeta MandapetaDevipatnam Devipatnam Mandapeta Mandapeta Routhulapudi Routhulapudi Peddapuram PeddapuramGandepalle Gandepalle Maredumilli Maredumilli Sakhinetipalli Sakhinetipalli Pithapuram PithapuramGangavaram Gangavaram Mummidivaram Mummidivaram Samalkota Samalkota Rajahmundry RajahmundryGokavaram Gokavaram Mamidikuduru Mamidikuduru Sankhavaram Sankhavaram Ramachandrapuram RamachandrapuramGollaprolu Gollaprolu P.Gannavaram P.Gannavaram Seethanagaram Seethanagaram Samalkot SamalkotI.Polavaram I.Polavaram Pamarru Pamarru Thallarevu Thallarevu Tuni TuniJaggampeta Jaggampeta Pedapudi Pedapudi Thondangi Thondangi For details of villages in east For details of villages in eastKadiam Kadiam Peddapuram Peddapuram Tuni Tuni Godavari refer Godavari referKajuluru Kajuluru Pithapuram Pithapuram Uppalaguptam http://tt-devasthanams.org:81/PDFs/E Uppalaguptam http://tt-devasthanams.org:81/PDFs/EKakinada (Rural) Kakinada (Rural) Prathipadu Prathipadu Y.Ramavaram http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category Y.Ramavaram http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CategoryKakinada (Urban) Kakinada (Urban) Rajahmundry[ rural] Rajahmundry[ rural] Yeleswaram Yeleswaram
  4. 4. Yeleru Dam near Eleswaram of East GodavariDistrict. (Some amount of drinking water from thisreservoir is supplied to Visakhapatnam city)
  5. 5. Beauty of river Pa Beauty of river Paview of the Pampa river from the ghat road of the Anavaram Devasthanam in East Godavari district
  6. 6. Ainavilli AinavilliThe Famous Sri VaraSiddi Vinayaka Temple The Famous Sri VaraSiddi Vinayaka TempleAccording to the "KSHETRA PURANA" of this place which According to the "KSHETRA PURANA" of this place whichwas supposedly written here, Daksha Prajapathi was was supposedly written here, Daksha Prajapathi wassupposed to have performed puja of Lord Vinayaka at this supposed to have performed puja of Lord Vinayaka at thisplace praying and asking for the successful completion of place praying and asking for the successful completion ofperforming Daksha Yagna performing Daksha YagnaAccording to another legend, ititis said that Vyasa Maharshi According to another legend, is said that Vyasa Maharshiinstalled aaGanapathi idol here before starting his tour of South installed Ganapathi idol here before starting his tour of SouthIndia, thus establishing the temple with magnificent gopurams India, thus establishing the temple with magnificent gopuramsand gateways. Built in aalarge, extended, and upraised area, and gateways. Built in large, extended, and upraised area,this temple has two gopurams (towers) sculpted skillfully with this temple has two gopurams (towers) sculpted skillfully withtales and idols related to the deity present in the temple. One tales and idols related to the deity present in the temple. Onecan access this temple from two sides i.e. from the south and can access this temple from two sides i.e. from the south andfrom the east. One can approach from the south where ititleads from the east. One can approach from the south where leadsone to the shrine of the presiding deity Sri Siddhi Vinayaka one to the shrine of the presiding deity Sri Siddhi VinayakaSwamy and from the east one can approach Sri Vishveshwara Swamy and from the east one can approach Sri VishveshwaraSwamy. The presiding deity, Sri Siddhi Vinayaka Swamy has Swamy. The presiding deity, Sri Siddhi Vinayaka Swamy hasbeen installed in aaunique way i.e. in the Southwest corner been installed in unique way i.e. in the Southwest cornerfacing the South direction. ItItis believed that ififone installs Sri facing the South direction. is believed that one installs SriSiddhi Vinayaka Swamy facing in the south direction, ititbrings Siddhi Vinayaka Swamy facing in the south direction, bringswealth and prosperity.y. wealth and prosperit
  7. 7. Vaikuntha Narayana Mahadwaram,Annavaram (Annina varam) temple entrance to the temple at the Foot of the hillAnnavaram (Annina varam) templeAnnavaram literally means Anna (what you desire) and varam (boon) Thus as per the legend, the deity fulfills ones desire (anninavaram) as a boon.Located atop the Ratnagiri hill, 300 feet above sea level, on the banks of the Pampa river , the temple of Lord Veera VenkataSatyanarayana Swami and Goddess Anantalakshmi Satyavathi Ammavaru is very popular. The panaromic view of the lush greenfields from the temple is breathtaking !Annavaram temple of Lord Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy is located at a distance of 125 KM from Visakhapatnam, 40KM from Kakinada and 80 KM from Rajahmundry. National Highway number 5 passes through Annavaram. The bypass road (NH –5) goes straight and to visit the temple take right turn in the junction near the Annavaram. It takes two and half hours fromVisakhapatnam and from Rajahmundry side it will take 2 hours. Separate pooja halls are available for offering special pujas.Annavaram railway station is located at main Chennai – Howrah (Kolkatta ) railway line. Many trains stops here and from the railwaystation the temple is 3 KM. While going towards Chennai side this temple falls in right side and can be seen from the moving trains.Railway station and moving trains are visible from the temple also.
  8. 8. Annavaram temple has Annavaram temple hastwo floors. The ground two floors. The groundfloor is for Pada floor is for Padadarshan or to view the darshan or to view thefeet of the Lord. In the feet of the Lord. In thefirst floor the upper part first floor the upper partof the Lord Venkata of the Lord VenkataSatyanarayana Swamy Satyanarayana Swamy
  9. 9. Annavaram temple HistoryAccording to the puranas, the presiding deity of the place blesses the devotees with Anina Varam (Wanted Boon) the place is called Annavaram. According to the puranas, the presiding deity of the place blesses the devotees with Anina Varam (Wanted Boon) the place is called Annavaram.The hillock by the side of the village isis considered to be very sacred. Meruvu the Lord of the hills and his consort Menaka did great penance and The hillock by the side of the village considered to be very sacred. Meruvu the Lord of the hills and his consort Menaka did great penance andbegot two sons by the grace of Lord Vishnu. One was named Bhadra and the other Ratnakara. Bhadra pleased Lord Vishnu with his devotion begot two sons by the grace of Lord Vishnu. One was named Bhadra and the other Ratnakara. Bhadra pleased Lord Vishnu with his devotionand penance and with his grace became Bhadrachalam on which Lord Sri Rama had permanently settled. Ratnakara desired to emulate his and penance and with his grace became Bhadrachalam on which Lord Sri Rama had permanently settled. Ratnakara desired to emulate hisbrother and succeeded in pleasing Lord Vishnu by his penance to settle on him as Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy, Ratnakara remaining brother and succeeded in pleasing Lord Vishnu by his penance to settle on him as Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy, Ratnakara remainingas Ratnagiri hill. as Ratnagiri hill.The temple of Sri Veera Venkata Satya-narayana Swamy isis the main temple on the Ratnagiri hill. There is also a temple of Sri Rama and the The temple of Sri Veera Venkata Satya-narayana Swamy the main temple on the Ratnagiri hill. There is also a temple of Sri Rama and theshrines of Vanadurga and Kanaka Durga nearby. The temple of grama-devatha (village deity) isis in the village at the foot of the hill. shrines of Vanadurga and Kanaka Durga nearby. The temple of grama-devatha (village deity) in the village at the foot of the hill.ItIt is said that Raja I.V. Rama-narayanam, the then zamindar of Gorsa and Kirlampudi estates, having been ordained by the Lord in his dream, is said that Raja I.V. Rama-narayanam, the then zamindar of Gorsa and Kirlampudi estates, having been ordained by the Lord in his dream,traced the idol on the hill, worshipped itit and installed it at the present spot on sravana suddha vidhiya of the telugu year Khara, 1891. traced the idol on the hill, worshipped and installed it at the present spot on sravana suddha vidhiya of the telugu year Khara, 1891.The Vishwakarma Brahmin stapathis architectural cognizance is at its best in sculpting this temple. The hillock itself is about 300 ftft above sea The Vishwakarma Brahmin stapathis architectural cognizance is at its best in sculpting this temple. The hillock itself is about 300 above sealevel, green fields all-round the hills and the pampa river encircling Ratnagiri. About 460 well laid stone steps leads to the top of it. level, green fields all-round the hills and the pampa river encircling Ratnagiri. About 460 well laid stone steps leads to the top of it.The main temple constructed in the form of aa chariot with the four wheels at each of the four corners. In front of the main temple is the kalyana The main temple constructed in the form of chariot with the four wheels at each of the four corners. In front of the main temple is the kalyanamantapa, constructed and decorated with modern pieces of architecture. As we go down the way, we come across Ramalaya and then the mantapa, constructed and decorated with modern pieces of architecture. As we go down the way, we come across Ramalaya and then theshrines of Vana Durga and Kanaka Durga. shrines of Vana Durga and Kanaka Durga.The Akriti of any temple is, according to the Agni Purana, merely aa manifestation of the Prakriti. According to this the chariot of the temple is The Akriti of any temple is, according to the Agni Purana, merely manifestation of the Prakriti. According to this the chariot of the temple isintended as aa symbol of the Seven Lokas and the seven Lokhas above with, the garbhalaya of the Lord, at the heart’s center ruling over the intended as symbol of the Seven Lokas and the seven Lokhas above with, the garbhalaya of the Lord, at the heart’s center ruling over theentire Universe. entire Universe.The temple at Annavaram has been constructed to depict this idea concretely. The front side of the temple depicts the chariot. The Meru on the The temple at Annavaram has been constructed to depict this idea concretely. The front side of the temple depicts the chariot. The Meru on thefloor with the pillar at the center, and the idols at the top are intended to bring forth the idea that the Lord not only remains at the heart’s center floor with the pillar at the center, and the idols at the top are intended to bring forth the idea that the Lord not only remains at the heart’s centerbut also permeates the entire universe. The wheels depicting the Sun and the Moon serve to remind us that this Juggernaut moves on the but also permeates the entire universe. The wheels depicting the Sun and the Moon serve to remind us that this Juggernaut moves on thewheels of time, and goes on for ever and ever, Thus the Annavaram temple satisfies both the ritualistic values and the spiritual aspirations of the wheels of time, and goes on for ever and ever, Thus the Annavaram temple satisfies both the ritualistic values and the spiritual aspirations of thedevotees.” devotees.”
  10. 10. AntarvediAntarvedi is situated on the banks of Vashista river which is a branch of Antarvedi is situated on the banks of Vashista river which is a branch ofholy river Godavari ..The name Antarvedi comes as Lord Brahma made this holy river Godavari The name Antarvedi comes as Lord Brahma made thisplace as "Vedic" to perform Rudra Yaga to get free from his sins .Here the place as "Vedic" to perform Rudra Yaga to get free from his sins .Here thetemple is dedicated to Lakshmi Narayana swamy which is contructed in the temple is dedicated to Lakshmi Narayana swamy which is contructed in theyear 1823 ..Antervedi is also called as second varanasi in india ..Here the year 1823 Antervedi is also called as second varanasi in india Here thegod is most powerful and people believe there will be no rebirth if one prays god is most powerful and people believe there will be no rebirth if one praysthe god here and attains MUKTHI ..This place is considered as very sacred the god here and attains MUKTHI This place is considered as very sacredbecause of sagar sangam and also called as ‘Sapta Sagara Sangham because of sagar sangam and also called as ‘Sapta Sagara SanghamPradesam’. Pradesam’.Antarvedi is famous for the Laxmi Narasimha Swamy Antarvedi is famous for the Laxmi Narasimha Swamytemple constructed between the 15th and 16th centuries. There is also a temple constructed between the 15th and 16th centuries. There is also atemple of Lord Siva that is older than Narasimha Swamy temple. The temple of Lord Siva that is older than Narasimha Swamy temple. Thetemple’s idol of Lord Siva was installed by Lord Srirama. temple’s idol of Lord Siva was installed by Lord Srirama.Antarvedi is also famous for its unique temple known as Neelakanteswara Antarvedi is also famous for its unique temple known as Neelakanteswaratemple. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Shiva who is also known temple. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Shiva who is also knownNeelakanta. Puranas indicate that LordBrahma has worshipped the idol of Neelakanta. Puranas indicate that LordBrahma has worshipped the idol of
  11. 11. This temple is quite unique as it was built as per the principles enshrined in the Vedas. Antarvediis a sacred place and is also known as Dakshin Kashi due its presence on the banks of RiverGodavari. The temple of SriLakshmi Narasimha is encircled by water on all its sides and is facingtowards Western direction unlike those similar temples where Gods are faced east. The temple issupposed to be built during 15 th or 16 th century. The temple is surrounded by water on all sidesand was built as per the guidelines of Vedas, taking into consideration all the five elements of theUniverse -Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space.There is a Adi Kurma statue of Lord Vishnu (Boar form of Lord Vishnu) installed at the groundfloor of the temple. The Goddess Tripura Sundari is the main form in the Maha Meru Yantra. Ofthe eight sides in the temple, the centre has the idol of the Sage Vashista and Arundhati, thesouth corner has the idol of Lord Ganesha and the remaining seven sides has the statues of theseven sages (Vishwamithra, Jamadagni, Bharadwaja, Gowthama, Athri, Vashista and Kashyapa). Antarvedi
  12. 12.  Appanapalli, aaremote village in Mamidikuduru Mandal of East Godavari District, situated on the holy banks of  Appanapalli, remote village in Mamidikuduru Mandal of East Godavari District, situated on the holy banks ofriver Vynateya has attained reputation as second Tirupathi of Konaseema being the abode of Lord Bala Balaji . . river Vynateya has attained reputation as second Tirupathi of Konaseema being the abode of Lord Bala Balaji Appanapalli derived its name after a Rushi called "Appana" who did THAPASSU for the good of the world. This place in olden days was famous for well-read Brahmins in Vedas who used to spend their time in reciting hymns and performing sacrifices as ordained in the scriptures. Appanapalli has become a second Tirupathi attracting pilgrims from all parts of our Country.
  13. 13. Bheemaramam- SamarlakotaBheemaramam- SamarlakotaPanchamarama Kshetra Panchamarama Kshetra Place/Kshetra : :Samarlakota located 40 Place/Kshetra Samarlakota located 40miles from Rajamahendrapuram  and 10 miles from Rajamahendrapuram  and 10miles from Kakinada. miles from Kakinada.Architecture : : Chalukyan constructed in Architecture Chalukyan constructed inthe 800 AD. Temple architecture is the 800 AD. Temple architecture issimilar to Draksharamam . .Renovated by similar to Draksharamam Renovated bythe Kakatiyas the KakatiyasPresiding deity: Kumara Bheemeswara Presiding deity: Kumara BheemeswaraSthala Purana : : Samarlakota is known Sthala Purana Samarlakota is knownby many names as Chalukya Bheema by many names as Chalukya Bheemaramam after the King Bheema of the ramam after the King Bheema of theChalukya clan who started the Chalukya clan who started theconstruction of this temple . .Also known construction of this temple Also knownas    Kumararamam since the Linga as Kumararamam since the Lingainstallation was done by Lord Karthikeya installation was done by Lord Karthikeyahimself. After the death of Taraka   Lord himself. After the death of Taraka   LordKarthikeya decided to worship Karthikeya decided to worshipparameswara and this was the place parameswara and this was the placechosen for the worship. Also one of the chosen for the worship. Also one of theplaces where the fourth shard of the places where the fourth shard of theTaraka Atma linga was dropped Taraka Atma linga was dropped
  14. 14. BheemaramamArchitecture : The temple is very similar to the temple in Draksharamam that it has an two storyarchitecture and four gopurams to each direction. The Linga itself is gigantic and rises to thesecond story similar to the other temple. Devotees worship lord shiva only from upstairs and theheight of the linga is similar to the Draksharamam temple except it is completly white in colour. Thetemple also has an beautiful sculpture of Nandeeshwara facing Lord shiva which has been carvedfrom a single stone. This Nandhi is known as Eka-Shila -Nandhi .The main temple has an Mantapam consisting of hundred pillars and there is a water tank on theeastern side of the temple called the Koneti pushkarini . Similar to the Draksharamam temple thistemple is also an shakta site and has an beautiful image of the divine mother in her Bala TripuraSundari form.In some ways these two temples ( Draksharamam and Bheemaramam ) can be called twin templesin architectural styles and construction.
  15. 15. Koteswara Rao has spoken with elan on a Koteswara Rao has spoken with elan on a variety of topics, including: variety of topics, including: ••SampoornaRamayanam Sampoorna Ramayanam ••ShivaMaha Puranam Shiva Maha Puranam ••ShivaTattwam Shiva Tattwam ••SriKalahasteeswara Shatakam Sri Kalahasteeswara Shatakam Bhagavatam ••Bhagavatam ••LalitaSahasranamam Lalita Sahasranamam •Sri Guru Charithamulu •Sri Guru Charithamulu ••SriMata Vaibhavam Sri Mata VaibhavamBrahmasri Chaganti Koteswara Rao (Telugu: చాగంటి కోటేశవ ర్పర్పావు) is aascholarly speaker on ్పు Brahmasri Chaganti Koteswara Rao (Telugu: చాగంటి కోటేశవ ర్పర్పావు) is scholarly speaker on ్పుthe Sanatana Dharma. Born to Chaganti Sundara Siva Rao and Suseelamma, he married the Sanatana Dharma. Born to Chaganti Sundara Siva Rao and Suseelamma, he marriedSubramanyeswari with whom he has two children. He works for the Food Corporation of India,  Subramanyeswari with whom he has two children. He works for the Food Corporation of India, Kakinada but also gives spiritual discourses. His discourses are regularly telecast in TV channels Kakinada but also gives spiritual discourses. His discourses are regularly telecast in TV channelslike Bhakti TV and SVBC. like Bhakti TV and SVBC.Koteswara Rao has oratory skills. He started giving pravachan on puranas extempore and has had Koteswara Rao has oratory skills. He started giving pravachan on puranas extempore and has hadaaunique perspective and command on various Purnanas, epics like Srimad Ramayanam and  unique perspective and command on various Purnanas, epics like Srimad Ramayanam and Srimad Bhagavatham; as well as devotional hymns like Soundarya Lahari and  Srimad Bhagavatham; as well as devotional hymns like Soundarya Lahari and Lalitha Sahasranama. He has delivered discourses for 42 days continuously at Guntur on Lalitha Sahasranama. He has delivered discourses for 42 days continuously at Guntur onSampoornaRamayanam during 2009, Srimad Bhagavatham for 42 days during 2006,  SampoornaRamayanam during 2009, Srimad Bhagavatham for 42 days during 2006, Shiva Maha Puranam for 30 day in Telugu interspersing ititwith little English. Chaganti Koteswara Shiva Maha Puranam for 30 day in Telugu interspersing with little English. Chaganti KoteswaraRao has been felicitated with titles like UPANYASA CHAKRAVARTHI, SARADA GNANA PUTRA Rao has been felicitated with titles like UPANYASA CHAKRAVARTHI, SARADA GNANA PUTRAetc. Recently, aagroup of his admirers started aaWeb site (http://srichaganti.net) to make his lectures etc. Recently, group of his admirers started Web site (http://srichaganti.net) to make his lecturesreach all the enthusiasts about Hindu culture and tradition. reach all the enthusiasts about Hindu culture and tradition.
  16. 16. Damerla Rama Rao Art Gallery :Damerla Rama Rao ArtDamerla Rama Rao Art Gallery :Damerla Rama Rao ArtGallery is dedicated to Rama Rao, who was born on 8th MarchGallery is dedicated to Rama Rao, who was born on 8th March1897 in Rajahmundry. He was dedicated towards painting and1897 in Rajahmundry. He was dedicated towards painting andsketching since his childhood. The greatest achievement of his lifesketching since his childhood. The greatest achievement of his lifewas that he directly got admitted to the final year of Fine Artswas that he directly got admitted to the final year of Fine ArtsCourse in Mumbai School of Arts. The gallery displays his artCourse in Mumbai School of Arts. The gallery displays his artworks and is visited by tourists and natives alike.works and is visited by tourists and natives alike.
  17. 17. Dr. Boyi Bhimanna (Telugu: బోయి భీమనన )) Dr. Boyi Bhimanna (Telugu: బోయి భీమనన ్పు ్పు(19 September 1911 – 16 December 2005), also (19 September 1911 – 16 December 2005), alsotransliterated as Bheemanna, Bheemana and transliterated as Bheemanna, Bheemana andin other ways, was a famous Telugu poet. in other ways, was a famous Telugu poet.Bhimanna was born in a poor Dalit family in  Bhimanna was born in a poor Dalit family in Mamidikuduru village, East Godavari District of  Mamidikuduru village, East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. He participated in the Quit India Andhra Pradesh. He participated in the Quit India movement and worked as a journalist.  He wrote  movement and worked as a journalist.  He wroteover 70 books in total, with his "Gudiselu over 70 books in total, with his "GudiseluKaalipothunnaayi" (literal translation: "the huts are Kaalipothunnaayi" (literal translation: "the huts areburning") being the most popular. He won several burning") being the most popular. He won severalawards including the Sahitya Akademi award awards including the Sahitya Akademi awardfor "Gudiselu Kaalipothunnaayi" in 1975. He was for "Gudiselu Kaalipothunnaayi" in 1975. He washonoured by the Government of India with the honoured by the Government of India with thefourth and third highest civilian awards in the fourth and third highest civilian awards in thecountry, namely the Padma Shri and the  country, namely the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan in 1973 and 2001 respectively. Padma Bhushan in 1973 and 2001 respectively.He was awarded the title Kala Prapoorna He was awarded the title Kala Prapoorna (honorary doctorate) by theAndhra University  (honorary doctorate) by theAndhra University
  18. 18. Draksharama (Telugu: దా్పుకా్పుర్పామము) is a temple in East ర్ప షGodavari District, Andhra Pradesh in South India. Draksharamatemple is one of the Five Powerful temples of Lord shiva,known as Pancharama KshetramThe Siva deity is known as Bhimesvara Swamy. The templeis situated on the eastern bank of Godavari River. The consortof Lord Bhimesvara is Manikyamba. According to local beliefthe Siva linga at the temple was installed and established bythe god Surya. Maha Shivaratri, Devi Navaratrulu, KarthikaMasam, and Dhanurmasam are the main festivals celebrated atthis temple.According to local legend, the temple was built by angels in onenight. The construction of the perimeter wall could not becompleted before sunrise and still stands incomplete. Severalattempts have been made to construct the uncompleted part ofthe wall but all those efforts have failed with the constructedwall collapsing within a few months.
  19. 19. Draksharama TempleAs per the Government of India, the temple construction was started in mid 800 AD and completed somewhere around the As per the Government of India, the temple construction was started in mid 800 AD and completed somewhere around the11th century. The construction of the temple is aamarvel, consisting of aatwo-staired mandapa and two walls, one inside of the 11th century. The construction of the temple is marvel, consisting of two-staired mandapa and two walls, one inside of theother. The inner temple (Garbhaalaya) made ititaavery profound and cultural work of architecture in those times. Its other. The inner temple (Garbhaalaya) made very profound and cultural work of architecture in those times. Itsarchitecture is still aalibrary for students of architecture. The ventilation of the inner temple is impressive. The temple is always architecture is still library for students of architecture. The ventilation of the inner temple is impressive. The temple is alwaysfull of light and air with very good ventilation. The temples two-stair mandapa is impressive, and the pillars in the temple are full of light and air with very good ventilation. The temples two-stair mandapa is impressive, and the pillars in the temple areskillfully and delicately carved. Many Shasanas (Official & Historical Registry Chronicles) have been written on the stone walls skillfully and delicately carved. Many Shasanas (Official & Historical Registry Chronicles) have been written on the stone wallsof the temple from time to time, from legions of Chola & Sathavahanas to Vijayanagra & Reddy Kingdoms that ruled over of the temple from time to time, from legions of Chola & Sathavahanas to Vijayanagra & Reddy Kingdoms that ruled overcenturies centuries108 Shivite temples were built after 800 around this temple in aaradius of 40 kilometers. Some purohits have this list. 108 Shivite temples were built after 800 around this temple in radius of 40 kilometers. Some purohits have this list.The village is called Dakshina Kasi. The Siva Linga in this temple is said to be one large crystal which is 2.6 meters high. Shiva The village is called Dakshina Kasi. The Siva Linga in this temple is said to be one large crystal which is 2.6 meters high. Shivais accompanied by Dakshayani, who is the first wife of Shiva (also the daughter of Daksha, and therefore named Dakshayani). is accompanied by Dakshayani, who is the first wife of Shiva (also the daughter of Daksha, and therefore named Dakshayani).Manikyamba goddess, said to be one part of the 18 pieces of Sati Devi that fell here, is aaShakti Peetha. It has one of the Manikyamba goddess, said to be one part of the 18 pieces of Sati Devi that fell here, is Shakti Peetha. It has one of theworlds longest siva linga. worlds longest siva linga.The inner sanctorium has aapedestal built for the archakas to perform rituals. The inner sanctorium is very dark, so much that The inner sanctorium has pedestal built for the archakas to perform rituals. The inner sanctorium is very dark, so much thatone cannot see without aasome sort of light. Legends say that the inner walls of the temple were once filled with diamonds one cannot see without some sort of light. Legends say that the inner walls of the temple were once filled with diamondsthat provided the required light. When Aurangazeb invaded the temple to plunder the riches, all the diamonds turned to that provided the required light. When Aurangazeb invaded the temple to plunder the riches, all the diamonds turned tostones. Archakas show the walls adorned with diamond-shaped rocks as proof of this. stones. Archakas show the walls adorned with diamond-shaped rocks as proof of this.There is another small temple within the main temple. One legend says that as ages go by, the height of humans would reduce There is another small temple within the main temple. One legend says that as ages go by, the height of humans would reduceto such an extent that the current temple would become aahuge gigantic structure, and hence another temple was built for the to such an extent that the current temple would become huge gigantic structure, and hence another temple was built for thetiny people of the future. Another legend says that the tiny temple is for the tiny creatures that inhabit the land. And some say tiny people of the future. Another legend says that the tiny temple is for the tiny creatures that inhabit the land. And some saythat its the prototype of the temple. that its the prototype of the temple.
  20. 20. General Sir Arthur Thomas Cotton KCSI (Telugu: కాటన్పు దొర్ప)(15 May 1803 ––24 July 1899) was a British general and  General Sir Arthur Thomas Cotton KCSI (Telugu: కాటన్పు దొర్ప) (15 May 1803 24 July 1899) was a British general and irrigation engineer. irrigation engineer.Cotton devoted his life to the construction of irrigation and navigation canalsthroughout the British Empire in India, Cotton devoted his life to the construction of irrigation and navigation canalsthroughout the British Empire in India,however, his dream was only partially realized, but he is still honored in parts of Andhra Pradesh for his efforts. however, his dream was only partially realized, but he is still honored in parts of Andhra Pradesh for his efforts.He entered the Madras Engineers in 1819, and fought in the First Burmese War. He entered the Madras Engineers in 1819, and fought in the First Burmese War. Cotton was knighted in 1861. Cotton was knighted in 1861.Cotton is revered in the Godavari District for making it the rice bowl of Andhra Pradesh. Cotton is widely known as the Cotton is revered in the Godavari District for making it the rice bowl of Andhra Pradesh. Cotton is widely known as theDelta Architect of the Godavari District because of his pioneering work in irrigation engineering through his construction of Delta Architect of the Godavari District because of his pioneering work in irrigation engineering through his construction ofthe anicut system. His efforts transformed the Godavari River system from aathreatening and deadly natural force into aatame the anicut system. His efforts transformed the Godavari River system from threatening and deadly natural force into tameand fertile water resource. Throughout both East and West Godavari Districts, Cotton is often depicted on horseback. and fertile water resource. Throughout both East and West Godavari Districts, Cotton is often depicted on horseback.Thomas Cotton went to attend an interview for the post of an engineer. There were three candidates, including himself. All Thomas Cotton went to attend an interview for the post of an engineer. There were three candidates, including himself. Allthat the selectors told them was to have aagood sleep and were provided three separate beds. The candidates did what they that the selectors told them was to have good sleep and were provided three separate beds. The candidates did what theywere told. While the other two candidates slept happily, poor Cotton could not get aawink of sleep. However, after some time, were told. While the other two candidates slept happily, poor Cotton could not get wink of sleep. However, after some time,he slept happily. he slept happily.The next day, all the three were asked if they slept happily by the selectors. While all the three nodded in the affirmative, The next day, all the three were asked if they slept happily by the selectors. While all the three nodded in the affirmative,Cotton added that he felt restless while on the bed—bending down, he realised that one of the four legs of the bed was aalittle Cotton added that he felt restless while on the bed—bending down, he realised that one of the four legs of the bed was littlehigh. To his surprise he found a pound beneath one of the legs, which he promptly removed. That was thecatch set up by the high. To his surprise he found a pound beneath one of the legs, which he promptly removed. That was thecatch set up by theselectors selectorsSir Cotton was hated by his administrative superiors—thanks to his loving attitudes towards the people of India. At one point Sir Cotton was hated by his administrative superiors—thanks to his loving attitudes towards the people of India. At one pointimpeachment proceedings were initiated by his superiors for his dismissal impeachment proceedings were initiated by his superiors for his dismissal
  21. 21. John Henry Morris in Godavari  writes about the work of Sir Cotton thus: John Henry Morris in Godavari  writes about the work of Sir Cotton thus:The Godavari anicut is, perhaps, the noblest feat of engineering skill which has yet been accomplished in British The Godavari anicut is, perhaps, the noblest feat of engineering skill which has yet been accomplished in BritishIndia. ItItis aagigantic barrier thrown across the river from island to island, in order to arrest the unprofitable India. is gigantic barrier thrown across the river from island to island, in order to arrest the unprofitableprogress of its waters to the sea, and to spread them over the surface of the country on either side, thus irrigating progress of its waters to the sea, and to spread them over the surface of the country on either side, thus irrigatingcopiously land which has hitherto been dependent on tanks or on the fitful supply of water from the river. Large copiously land which has hitherto been dependent on tanks or on the fitful supply of water from the river. Largetracts of land, which had hitherto been left arid and desolate and waste, were thus reached and fertilized by tracts of land, which had hitherto been left arid and desolate and waste, were thus reached and fertilized byinnumerable streams and channels. innumerable streams and channels.In 1878, Cotton had to appear before a House of Commons Committee to justify his proposal to build an anicut In 1878, Cotton had to appear before a House of Commons Committee to justify his proposal to build an anicut across the Godavari.A further hearing in the House of Commons followed by his letter to the then Secretary of  across the Godavari.A further hearing in the House of Commons followed by his letter to the then Secretary ofState for India shows about his ambitiousness to build the anicut across the Godavari. His final sentence in that State for India shows about his ambitiousness to build the anicut across the Godavari. His final sentence in thatletter reads like this:My Lord, one days flow in the Godavari river during high floods is equal to one whole years flow in the letter reads like this:My Lord, one days flow in the Godavari river during high floods is equal to one whole years flow in theThames River of London.[8] Cotton was almost despaired by the British Governments procrastination in taking along Thames River of London.[8] Cotton was almost despaired by the British Governments procrastination in taking alongthis project. this project.That Government of Indias plans to interlink rivers was long envisioned by Cotton is aafact That Government of Indias plans to interlink rivers was long envisioned by Cotton is fact
  22. 22. Kakinada, aacentre for business people is the Head Quarters of East Godavari district of Andhrapradesh - -India and is located at Kakinada, centre for business people is the Head Quarters of East Godavari district of Andhrapradesh India and is located atEast coast.  East coast. Going back to the history, Kakinada was considered as 2nd Madras. The original name of this place was Kakanandivada named by Going back to the history, Kakinada was considered as 2nd Madras. The original name of this place was Kakanandivada named bythe king of Ikshavaku, Kaka. During 17th century, some part of the city was occupied by the Dutch and named this place as Co- the king of Ikshavaku, Kaka. During 17th century, some part of the city was occupied by the Dutch and named this place as Co-Canada. The name was then changed to Kakinada after the independence during 1947.  It is nicknamed "Fertilizer City" (owing to Canada. The name was then changed to Kakinada after the independence during 1947.  It is nicknamed "Fertilizer City" (owing tothe large concentration of fertiliser plants), "Pensioners Paradise" and "Second Madras". ItIt is a hub to all the deep seaexploratory the large concentration of fertiliser plants), "Pensioners Paradise" and "Second Madras". is a hub to all the deep sea exploratoryactivity in the region due to its deep-water sea port and its proximity to the gas fields activity in the region due to its deep-water sea port and its proximity to the gas fieldsImportance of Kakinada Importance of KakinadaKakinada has also been described in Bhima Khandam as the place with clustered tanks and temples. The temple street (Jawahar) Kakinada has also been described in Bhima Khandam as the place with clustered tanks and temples. The temple street (Jawahar)has many temples and there are many tanks exist till now. Maharshi Bulusu Sambamurthy is aawell known personality who emerged has many temples and there are many tanks exist till now. Maharshi Bulusu Sambamurthy is well known personality who emergedfrom kakinada struggled during Indian freedom movement. from kakinada struggled during Indian freedom movement.There is aamajor natural port in Kakinada which is protected (against tides) by 18Kms long Hope island. There is major natural port in Kakinada which is protected (against tides) by 18Kms long Hope island.
  23. 23. Konaseema Komaragiripatnam is It is popularly called as one of the picnic spot Andhra’s Kerala. (Beach) in konasemaKonaseema is a delta located in the East Godavari and WestGodavari districts of Andhra Pradesh, India. This delta issurrounded on all sides by waters (of Godavari and the Bay ofBengal).Konaseema is famous for its scenic greenery and vedicscholars. The origin of the name may be from Telugu word "Kona" meaningcorner which resembles its shape. The northern side is boundedby Gautami Godavari and southern side is bounded by VasistaGodavari. It is one of most fertile lands present in CoromandelCoast. The entire region is rich in Coconut trees, Mango grooves,
  24. 24. Maredumilli Jungle Resort stands out as one ofthe best and excellent tourist places near EastGodavari .it has Jalatarangini Waterfalls ,Swarnadhara waterfalls, Rampa waterfalls  etc
  25. 25. Maredumilli Jungle Resort Maredumilli Jungle ResortNandanavanam An Ethno Medico Awareness Nandanavanam An Ethno Medico AwarenessCentre, this area has been developed with an Centre, this area has been developed with anintention to make public aware of the medicinal intention to make public aware of the medicinalplants. It houses Bamboo plantations and plants. It houses Bamboo plantations anddifferent medicinal herbs different medicinal herbs
  26. 26. Maredumilli Jungle Maredumilli JungleKarthikavanam :This is a garden with plenty of Maredu Karthikavanam :This is a garden with plenty of Maredu(Bael) and Amla (Gooseberry) trees (Bael) and Amla (Gooseberry) treesMadanikunj-Vihara Sthal :It is a picnic place with Pine Madanikunj-Vihara Sthal :It is a picnic place with PinePlants and Golden Bamboo clumps. Visiting this Eco- Plants and Golden Bamboo clumps. Visiting this Eco-tourism area, will give you a chance to view wild animals tourism area, will give you a chance to view wild animalslike Tiger, Panther, Bison, Peacocks, Red jungle fowl like Tiger, Panther, Bison, Peacocks, Red jungle fowland other wild life in addition to varieties of delicate and and other wild life in addition to varieties of delicate and
  27. 27. Maredumilli Jungle .Jungle Star :Located adjoining the Valamuru River with thestreams flowing on 3 sides, it is a camping site which also provides a unique opportunityto stay overnight in the deep woods of the unexplored Eastern Ghats. This area isbelieved to be the battleground of Vali and Sugriva during the Ramayana period. Theremarkable variation of the battle ground with the presence of grassland, encircled byforests on the other hillocks draws attention of visitors to the legendary story.
  28. 28. Nannaya Bhattaraka (Telugu: ననన య, sometimes spelled ్పుNannayya) (ca. 11th century AD) is the earliest known Teluguauthor, and the author of the first third of the AndhraMahabharatamu, a Telugu retelling of the Mahabharata. Nannaya isheld in high regard as the person who revived the Telugu language.This work, which is rendered in the Champu style, is so chaste andpolished and of such a high literary merit.The first treatise on Telugu grammar, the "Andhra ShabdaChintamani" was written in Sanskrit by Nannayya, who wasconsidered first poet and translator of Telugu in the 11th centuryA.D. There was no grammatical work in Telugu priorto Nannayyas "Andhra sabda chintamani". This grammar followedthe patterns which existed in grammatical treatises like Aṣṭādhyāyī and Vālmīkivyākaranam but unlike Pāṇini, Nannayya divided hiswork into five chapters, covering samjnā, sandhi, ajanta, halanta and kriya.[1]He is also known as Adi Kavi in recognition of his great literarywork. He also holds the titles Shabda Sasanudu and VaganuSasanudu(Law giver of the language) after his Telugu grammarwork Andhra Shabdha Chintamani.[2]The advanced and well-developed language used by Nannayasuggests that Nannaya Mahabharatamu may not be the beginningofTelugu literature. Unfortunately, any Telugu literature prior toNannaya is not available, except royal grants and decrees, thoughTelugu or Andhra language started to develop even before the Common Era.
  29. 29. Papi Hills Papi HillsPapi Kondalu is a hill range in Andhra Pradesh, India whose scenery resembles that Papi Kondalu is a hill range in Andhra Pradesh, India whose scenery resembles thatof Kashmir in North India. Papi kondalu are distributed between Khammam,  of Kashmir in North India. Papi kondalu are distributed between Khammam, East Godavariand West Godavari districts. The entrance of Papi kondalu can be seen East Godavariand West Godavari districts. The entrance of Papi kondalu can be seenfrom Koruturu (West Godavari District). from Koruturu (West Godavari District).The original name for this hill range was ‘Papidi Kondalu’. Papidi is a rough translation The original name for this hill range was ‘Papidi Kondalu’. Papidi is a rough translationfor partition in Telugu. Since this range looks like a well designed partition that splits river for partition in Telugu. Since this range looks like a well designed partition that splits riverGodavari, this name was coined. There is also another idea that the range looks like a Godavari, this name was coined. There is also another idea that the range looks like apartition of a typical Indian Womans hair line. In due course, ititsettled for ‘Papi Kondalu’. partition of a typical Indian Womans hair line. In due course, settled for ‘Papi Kondalu’.The scenary, including the waterfalls at Munivaatam, and the peaceful atmosphere at The scenary, including the waterfalls at Munivaatam, and the peaceful atmosphere atthis tribal area make this area a tourist attraction. The idol of Shiva under serpent shade this tribal area make this area a tourist attraction. The idol of Shiva under serpent shadewas installed in Munivaatam of Khammam district. The village Peranta palli is in this was installed in Munivaatam of Khammam district. The village Peranta palli is in thisarea. Swami Balananda was involved in uplifting the tribals of the region. area. Swami Balananda was involved in uplifting the tribals of the region.
  30. 30. Peddapuram The town Peddapuram is founded by MaharajaVatsavai Pedda Pathrudu. For 300 years the estate ofPeddapuram was ruled by Vatsavai Jagapathi Maharaja’s . Thedynasty was started by Sri Raja Vatsavai Chathurbhuja ThimmaJagapathi Bahadhur . The fort of Peddapuram was built by him.He ruled the estate from 1555 to 1607. After his demise, hissonRaya Jagapathi followed by his children TimmaJagapathi and Balabhadra Jagapathi ruled the Peddapuram Estate.From 1791 to 1804 the estate was ruled by Sri Vatsavai RayaJagapathi.One of the prince of this dynasty got separated fromhere and started ruling an independent kingdom named askottam estate, and their generation never came back, they gotsettled over there, and they ruled till the end of princely states Maridamma temple
  31. 31. Peddapuram, 20 kms from KakinadaPeddapuram, 20 kms from Kakinadaone can shop for exquisitely designed one can shop for exquisitely designedsilk sarees produced by local artisans. silk sarees produced by local artisans.Bandarulanka, 4 kms from Bandarulanka, 4 kms fromAmalapuram is yet another well-known Amalapuram is yet another well-knownplace for choicest silk and cotton place for choicest silk and cottonsarees woven locally sarees woven locallyJanab Madina Pascha Owlia Darga Janab Madina Pascha Owlia Darga This is aadarga of aafamous Peer(saint) This is darga of famous Peer(saint) Janab Madina Pascha Owlia of Muslim Janab Madina Pascha Owlia of Muslim Community. ItItis also called as Thommidi Community. is also called as Thommidi Moorala Saheb( 99feet Saheb) by Hindu Moorala Saheb( feet Saheb) by Hindu people. Every year on January 20th, people. Every year on January 20th, There will be an URS(Urs’ meaning There will be an URS(Urs’ meaning‘wedding’ or a “happy occasion” in Arabic, ‘wedding’ or a “happy occasion” in Arabic, We use urs for festivals of sufis since We use urs for festivals of sufis since wedding here denotes unity with God.). wedding here denotes unity with God.). This day each and every one irrespective This day each and every one irrespective of their religions will come to have the of their religions will come to have the glimpses of the shrine glimpses of the shrine
  32. 32. Vishnualayam Beemeswara temple Peddapuram
  33. 33. Main entrance of Kukkuteswara Pithapuram is a small Pithapuram is a smallswamy" temple,Pithapuram town located close to  town located close to  Kakinada port city. Kakinada port city. Pithapuram Sri Pithapuram Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy Kukkuteswara Swamy temple is an ancient temple is an ancient Siva Khetra in Godavari Siva Khetra in Godavari District. District. It acquired importance It acquired importance of Buddhists, Jains and of Buddhists, Jains and Vishnava also. It was Vishnava also. It was the capital of many the capital of many local dynasties from local dynasties from about 4th or 5th century about 4th or 5th century AD AD
  34. 34. There is an oldest temple call “Padagya Keshatram in There is an oldest temple call “Padagya Keshatram inPithapuram. The Lord “Sri Kukuteswara Swamy isPithapuram. The Lord “Sri Kukuteswara Swamy isthe Swayambhu with Spatika Lingam”. Pithapuram is one the Swayambhu with Spatika Lingam”. Pithapuram is oneof the Twelve Pilgrims, one of the five Madava Keshatra of the Twelve Pilgrims, one of the five Madava Keshatraand one of the Asta Dasa (Eighteen) Sakthi Petas. and one of the Asta Dasa (Eighteen) Sakthi Petas.Previously Pithapuram is known as Pitikapuram. Previously Pithapuram is known as Pitikapuram. Once you enter into the temple, complete the pradishana Once you enter into the temple, complete the pradishanaand come in front of Dwaja Stamba you will be attracted by and come in front of Dwaja Stamba you will be attracted bythe “Yaka Sila Nandi (Single Stone Nandi). The Yaka Sila the “Yaka Sila Nandi (Single Stone Nandi). The Yaka Silais second biggest after Lepakshi Basaveswara Nandai. is second biggest after Lepakshi Basaveswara Nandai.Here Siva is in the shape of Cock (kukkutam in Telugu) Here Siva is in the shape of Cock (kukkutam in Telugu)About the pond-Padagaya About the pond-PadagayaPithapuram is third one of three Gayas of Pithapuram is third one of three Gayas ofIndia. India.1st is – Siro Gaya also familiarly known as 1st is – Siro Gaya also familiarly known as“GAYA ”, located in Bihar State. “GAYA ”, located in Bihar State.2nd is – Nabi Gaya near to Jijapur Railway 2nd is – Nabi Gaya near to Jijapur RailwayJunction, located in Orrisa State Junction, located in Orrisa State3rd is – Padagaya Pithapuram, located in East 3rd is – Padagaya Pithapuram, located in EastGodavari District of Andhra Pradesh. Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh.
  35. 35. History: History: Once Indra has cheated Ahalya (wife of Gautama Once Indra has cheated Ahalya (wife of Gautama maharshi) in the form of Gautama and was cursed by the maharshi) in the form of Gautama and was cursed by the Maharshi. Indra lost his testes and got the symbols of Maharshi. Indra lost his testes and got the symbols of Yoni all over his body. Yoni all over his body. He felt very sad and prąyed Gautama aalot. Finally the He felt very sad and prąyed Gautama lot. Finally the Rishi accepted and told that the Yoni symbols will look Rishi accepted and told that the Yoni symbols will look like eyes, so that Indra will be called as Sahasraksha like eyes, so that Indra will be called as Sahasraksha there after. But Indra lost his testes. He wanted to regain there after. But Indra lost his testes. He wanted to regain them. He left his kingdom, came to Piithika puri and did them. He left his kingdom, came to Piithika puri and did Tapasya for Jaganmata. After aalong time Jaganmata Tapasya for Jaganmata. After long time Jaganmata appeared before him and blessed him with wealth and appeared before him and blessed him with wealth and testes. Indra was very happy and prąyed her as testes. Indra was very happy and prąyed her as Puruhutika devi (One who was worshiped by Indra). Puruhutika devi (One who was worshiped by Indra).Idol of Puruhutika devi Idol of Puruhutika deviPithapuram is formerly called as Pithapuram is formerly called asPithikapuram //Pushkara kshetram in Pithikapuram Pushkara kshetram inPuranas and Tantras. Puranas and Tantras.The temple of Puruhutika devi is located The temple of Puruhutika devi is located Puruhuthika Templewithin the temple campus of within the temple campus of Tank, PithapuramKukkuteswara swamy Kukkuteswara swamy
  36. 36. Swayambhu Sri Dattatreya Swayambhu Sri DattatreyaSwamy is also in the Swamy is also in theKukkuteswara swamy Kukkuteswara swamyTemple Complex. Temple Complex.Sripada Srivallbha Swamys Sripada Srivallbha Swamysidol is worshipped idol is worshippedseparately in the same separately in the samecomplex complex
  37. 37. RajahmundryAsias largest rail-cum-road bridge on the RiverGodavari  The largest rail-cum-road bridge of Asia is built onRiver Godavari and links Kovvur and Rajahmundry. This bridgeis supported by 56 pillars and bears testimony to theengineering prowess of the humankind Rajahmundry or Rajamahendri(Telugu: ర్పాజమండి ్పు or ర్పాజమహేంది ్పు) is the biggest ర్ప ర్పcity of the East district and first municipal corporation in the Godavari districts of AndhraPradesh state in India. The city origins can be traced back to the rule of the Chalukya king Raja Raja Narendra who reigned around 1022 AD, after whom it is namedRajamahendri or Rajamahendravaram where the great shahill was born. Remains of11th-century palaces and fort walls still exist. However, new archeological evidencesuggests that the town may have existed much before the Chalukyas. Rajamhendravaram was renamed Rajahmundry during the rule of the British, for whomthe city was the headquarters of the Godavari district
  38. 38. Gowthami Ghat in Rajahmundry
  39. 39. Maha Sivalingam inRajahmundry
  40. 40. ISCON Rajahmundry
  41. 41. Kotilingeswara Temple  : Legend has it that IndraKotilingeswara Temple  : Legend has it that Indrawas cursed by sage Gautama. In order to relieve himselfwas cursed by sage Gautama. In order to relieve himselfof the curse he installed a Shivalinga and anointed itof the curse he installed a Shivalinga and anointed itwith water from one crore rivers. Hence, this 10thwith water from one crore rivers. Hence, this 10thcentury temple is known as Kotilingeswara temple. Isntcentury temple is known as Kotilingeswara temple. Isntone crore a figure thats unbelievable? Be here to findone crore a figure thats unbelievable? Be here to findoutout
  42. 42. Rallabandi Subbarao Government Museum was Rallabandi Subbarao Government Museum wasestablished in 1967. It displays the cultural established in 1967. It displays the culturalheritage of Andhra Pradesh and preserves the heritage of Andhra Pradesh and preserves thecollection of rare coins and pottery items. collection of rare coins and pottery items.Besides these, it also exhibits the ancient palm- Besides these, it also exhibits the ancient palm-leaf manuscripts and inscriptions. leaf manuscripts and inscriptions.
  43. 43. Rao Bahadur Kandukuri Veeresalingam (Telugu: కందుకూర్పి Rao Bahadur Kandukuri Veeresalingam (Telugu: కందుకూర్పి వీర్పేశల్లింగం) (16 April 1848 ––27 May 1919), also known asKandukuri వీర్పేశల్లింగం) (16 April 1848 27 May 1919), also known asKandukuri Veeresalingham Pantulu (Telugu: కందుకూర్పి వీర్పేశల్లింగం పంతుల్లు), was aa Veeresalingham Pantulu (Telugu: కందుకూర్పి వీర్పేశల్లింగం పంతుల్లు), was social reformer of Andhra Pradesh. He was born in an orthodox Niyogi  social reformer of Andhra Pradesh. He was born in an orthodox Niyogi  Telugu Brahmin family. He is widely considered as the man who first Telugu Brahmin family. He is widely considered as the man who first brought about aarenaissance in Telugu people and Telugu literature. He was brought about renaissance in Telugu people and Telugu literature. He was influenced by the ideals of Brahmo Samaj particularly those of  influenced by the ideals of Brahmo Samaj particularly those of  Keshub Chunder Sen. He got involved in the cause of social reforms. In Keshub Chunder Sen. He got involved in the cause of social reforms. In 1876 he started aaTelugu journal and wrote the first prose for women. He 1876 he started Telugu journal and wrote the first prose for women. He encouraged education for women, and started aaschool in Dowlaiswaram in encouraged education for women, and started school in Dowlaiswaram in 1874. He started aasocial organisation calledHitakarini (Benefactor). 1874. He started social organisation calledHitakarini (Benefactor). Veeresalingam panthulu is popularly called Gadhya Thikkana. He wrote about Veeresalingam panthulu is popularly called Gadhya Thikkana. He wrote about 100 books between 1869 and 1919 [2][2] andintroduced the essay, biography, 100 books between 1869 and 1919  and introduced the essay, biography, autobiography and the novel into Telugu literature His Satyavathi autobiography and the novel into Telugu literature His Satyavathi Charitam was the first social novel in Telugu. He wrote Rajasekhara Charitam was the first social novel in Telugu. He wrote Rajasekhara Charitamu inspired by Oliver Goldsmith’s The Vicar of Wakefied. To him Charitamu inspired by Oliver Goldsmith’s The Vicar of Wakefied. To him literature was an instrument to fight social evils. He was aapoet of literature was an instrument to fight social evils. He was poet of considerable renown He was also one of the members of the first Indian considerable renown He was also one of the members of the first Indian National Congress (INC) meeting held in 1885. National Congress (INC) meeting held in 1885. He died on 27 May 1919. AAstatue of his has been installed on Beach Road, He died on 27 May 1919. statue of his has been installed on Beach Road, Visakhapatnam. His contributions to social reform, specifically to causes Visakhapatnam. His contributions to social reform, specifically to causes such as widow remarriage, are well-remembered in Andhra Pradesh. such as widow remarriage, are well-remembered in Andhra Pradesh.In the History of the Brahmo Samaj, Sivanath Sastri writes Kandukuri Veeraselingam In the History of the Brahmo Samaj, Sivanath Sastri writes Kandukuri VeeraselingamPantulu, “He constructed the first Brahmo Mandir in the Andhra country at Rajahmundry Pantulu, “He constructed the first Brahmo Mandir in the Andhra country at Rajahmundryin 1887. He constructed a Widows’ Home, a two storied building and a similar one for in 1887. He constructed a Widows’ Home, a two storied building and a similar one forthe Social Reform Association at Madras; he started the first theistic high school, the the Social Reform Association at Madras; he started the first theistic high school, theHithakarini School at Rajahmundry in 1908; during the same year he willed away all his Hithakarini School at Rajahmundry in 1908; during the same year he willed away all hisproperty for the benefit of Rajahmundry Widows’ Home and the school, and placed them property for the benefit of Rajahmundry Widows’ Home and the school, and placed them
  44. 44. Sri Mohiddin Badsha II was( born on 1933-07-11 at Pithapuram to Sri  Sri Mohiddin Badsha II was( born on 1933-07-11 at Pithapuram to Sri Brahmarishi Hussain Sha and Ajeemunnisa Begum. He was aascholar in  Brahmarishi Hussain Sha and Ajeemunnisa Begum. He was scholar in Telugu, Arabic, Urdu, Sanskrit, Parsee and English. He married Fatima Telugu, Arabic, Urdu, Sanskrit, Parsee and English. He married FatimaJaharunnisa Begum on 1963-05-19. He had six sons and three daughters. Jaharunnisa Begum on 1963-05-19. He had six sons and three daughters.He took over the Lordship of Peetham as 8th Head on 1981-09-25. Due to He took over the Lordship of Peetham as 8th Head on 1981-09-25. Due tothe old age and ill health of his fatherBrahmarishi Hussain Sha Sathguru the old age and ill health of his fatherBrahmarishi Hussain Sha Sathguruand as aafuture Head of the Institution, he had undertaken the preceptive of and as future Head of the Institution, he had undertaken the preceptive ofthe Peetham’s philosophy from 1969.He delivered speeches at many the Peetham’s philosophy from 1969.He delivered speeches at manyvillages of Andhra Pradesh to promote Jnana yoga. villages of Andhra Pradesh to promote Jnana yoga.He was the editor-in-chief “Adhyatmika Thatva Prabodham” aaspiritual He was the editor-in-chief “Adhyatmika Thatva Prabodham” spiritualmonthly magazine which is now named as “Tatwa Znanamu”. monthly magazine which is now named as “Tatwa Znanamu”.He delivered aareverberating and enchanting speech on 1975-04-12 at He delivered reverberating and enchanting speech on 1975-04-12 atHyderabad during World Telugu Conference and kept the entire Hyderabad during World Telugu Conference and kept the entireaudience spell bound audience spell boundHe left his mortal remains on 1989-07-31.His feretory is at the old ashram He left his mortal remains on 1989-07-31.His feretory is at the old ashram at Pithapuram.  at Pithapuram.Author of Author of1) Tatwa Prabhodam (Telugu)The Upanishad, the Divine inner voice 1) Tatwa Prabhodam (Telugu)The Upanishad, the Divine inner voicehas manifested as the speeches of Sri Mohiddin Badsha Sathguru during has manifested as the speeches of Sri Mohiddin Badsha Sathguru duringthe process of Bhava Parinama the perceptual evolution into the Cosmic the process of Bhava Parinama the perceptual evolution into the CosmicForm are compiled in Tatwa Prabhodam. [citation needed] This compilation collects Form are compiled in Tatwa Prabhodam. [citation needed] This compilation collectsthe flow of nectar of reverberating speeches of by Sri Mohiddin Badsha the flow of nectar of reverberating speeches of by Sri Mohiddin BadshaSathguru addressed to the members of this Institution at Thursday Sathguru addressed to the members of this Institution at ThursdayCongregations and other auspicious occasions. Congregations and other auspicious occasions.2) Precept Of Philosophy Part 11(English) 2) Precept Of Philosophy Part (English)3) Precept Of Philosophy Part 22(English) 3) Precept Of Philosophy Part (English)These are the English Translations of Tatwa Prabodham (Telugu) These are the English Translations of Tatwa Prabodham (Telugu)
  45. 45. Sri Viswa Viznana Vidya Adhyatmika Peetham is a theosophical congregation which states thatit is based on the principles of oneness of God, and discovering divinity in the self. The ashram is Mohiddin Badusha I I Mohiddin Badushasituated in Pithapuram, East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, India.Sri Viswa Viznana Vidya Adhyatmika Peetham was established in Baghdad. It moved to Delhi, India in1472, where it became involved in court circles of the Mughal Empire. The beheading of Sarmad bythe Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1661 created a rift with the congregation. The leader, Sri MadinKabir Sha, moved the institution from Delhi to Hyderabad. King Abul Hasan Qutb Shah of Golkonda gave two jagirs to the congregation in Tuni.The Old Ashram is located near the Pithapuram railway stationThe New Ashram is located on Pithapuram to Kakinada road at Chitrada Stated aims•To enlighten the human soul with secrets of divinity.•To transform the aspirants as model citizens while fulfilling ones noble birth as human beings.•To provide peace of mind by conferring soul power to the oppressed and depressed.•To rend the veil of illusion of human soul, administer tranquillity and transform man into divinity.•To teach and preachmonotheism surpassing all hurdles of caste, creed, race, religion and sex throughthe medium of the noblest guru and to impart that philosophy in the form of lessons to the members. Kavisekhara Dr Umar Alisha Kavisekhara Dr Umar Alisha•To propagate this science of philosophy for the total welfare of the mankind to lead them to salvation.Stated objectivesThe objectives of this Peetham are said to be based mainly on Sufi philosophy, but thePeethadhipathis also practice the Hindu Philosophy of Dharma. They learned the Hindu [scriptures]],the Quran, and the Bible to extract the essence of all the major three religions. Montheism has becomeits main plank.Characteristics of the PeethamThis peetham seeks transcendentalism. Unlike other Hindu Peethams, there are no dress regulationsor display of occult powers. The Peethadhipathi here is not a celibate, but leads a family life. Theessence of his teaching is Bhukthi, Trupthi, Mukthi—food for the body, satisfaction to the mind and salvation to the soul. Publicity is shunned. The Peethams theme is that God is in man himself. Itstrives to make man a man by dispelling ignorance to make man realise God in himself and to makehim attain supreme knowledge. The Peetham acts on three principles. The Guru, the Mantra and theSadhana. It insists on absolute faith in the Guru, who offers a Manthra to the devotees and expectsthem to do Sadhana on the Manthra to attain spiritual elevation. No distinction of class, caste, creed,religion or sex is made.
  46. 46. Hussain Sha (September 9, 1905 – September 24, 1981)was the seventh head of Sri Viswa Viznana Vidya Adhyatmika Peetham inPithapuram.He was born in Rajahmundry, East Godavari District. Hesucceeded his father, Kavisekhara Dr Umar Alisha Sathguru.He completed his primary education at Pithapuram andpassed the Final Arts course from National College in Machilipatnam. He was a scholar in Telugu, Arabic, Urdu,  BooksPersian and Sanskrit. Books 1) Sha Tatvam, on 1) Sha Tatvam, onSha and his wife Ajeemunnisa Begum had four sons and four theosophy. This book theosophy. This book says that humanity is says that humanity isdaughters. Prior to assuming the charge as seventh transformed into transformed into divinity, which is the divinity, which is thePeethadhipathi (Head of the Institution), his main occupation essence of all essence of allwas farming. Drawing on that knowledge, he made a celestial religions. The words religions. The words by which ititis by which isherbal medicine Devadaru. composed are of composed are of the Upanishad ((Divine the Upanishad Divine inner voice or inner voice orHussain Sha had taken up preaching of the Peetham’s revelation ))heard revelation heard during the process during the processphilosophy from February 10, 1945. He delivered Divine of Bhavaparinama (t of Bhavaparinama (t ransformation of the ransformation of thespiritual messages at many villages and cities of Andhra feeling of "Self (I)" feeling of "Self (I)"Pradesh to propagate Jnanayoga (Yoga of Supreme into the Cosmic Form) into the Cosmic Form)Knowledge) and Bhaktiyoga (Yoga of Devotion). He died in  2) Sha Philosophy 2) Sha Philosophy Part 1( Translation of Part 1( Translation ofPithapuram, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh, India. Sha philosophy into Sha philosophy into English) English)
  47. 47. SRI GOLINGESWARA SWAMY TEMPLESRI GOLINGESWARA SWAMY TEMPLEBiccavolu contains about six temples built by Eastern Chalukyas out of which, the temple of Lord Golingeshwara is the biggest. This is one ofthe beautiful temples built during those times. It has a wealth of iconographic material, as all around it, and a beautiful Shivalingam and 33 linesShasanam on the door jambs. The striking Garbha Gudi(sanctum sanctorum), the Antaralas (passages), the Mukha Mandapams (main hall) andother Mandapams adds to the beauty of the temple. As you enter the temple, there is a Mandapam that leads you to Mukha Mandapam. TheMandapam has a small shrine to its southern entrance. The Mukha Mandapam walls are decorated with pilasters (ornamental and structuralcolumns) and screens and it houses three small shrines. In the Mukha Mandapam, there are two masterpieces- one is the figure of Lord Shivaand Goddess Parvathi in the form of Alingana Chandra Sekhara Murthy and the other is that of Lord Ganesha in a seated posture. There is anarrow passage between the Mukha Mandapam and another Mandapam. As you go further you enter the Antarala of the temple, which is a bitnarrow anddevoid of any decoration. This Antarala leads you to the Garbha Gudi (sanctum sanctorum) of Golingeshwara Swamy Temple. The idol in thesanctum sanctorum is a Shiva Lingam made of black granite. The walls of the sanctum sanctorum are decorated with Kostas that hassculptures, recesses and projections with pilasters. The Kostas are surmounted by Makaratoranams
  48. 48. 1100 years old GolingeswaraTemple at Biccavole Main Gopuram of 1100 years old Golingeswa ra and Subhraman ya Swamy temples
  49. 49. Adurru Buddhist Temple In East GodavariAdurru is located on the western bank of the Vainetaya branch of Godavari river which is around 9.5 km fromsea. The village is quiet close to Nagaram and is a part of the east Razole taluk of East Godavari district, AndhraPradesh.The place is famous for a mound which the localites call Dubaraju Gudi. Excavations carried out in the year 1953brought to surface a mahastupa which measures 17 feet in diameter. A raised platform surrounds it all around.The excavations also revealed shreds of jars, troughs, dishes and bowls of red and kaolin. The excavation sitecovers an area of 2.04 acres and makes for a worthwhile visit during your Buddhist trip to Andhra Pradesh.
  50. 50. Entrance tower of Sri Jaganmohini According to the legend "Bhagavatam" while DevatasKesava Swamy Temple, Ryali and Rakshas were quarrelling over sharing of holy Devine nectar "Sree Maha Vishnu" came to the rescue of Devatas in the guise of Mohini and convinced both the rivalry groups promising to distribute holy Devine nectar in equal share to Devatas and Rakshas. But in the interest of universal peace and welfare of sages, holy and Devine nectar was distributed among Devatas alone and the Mohini disappeared. Lord Siva having seen the most fascinating beauty of Mohini allured her. He chased her for getting for a while the presence of his consort Parvathi Devi it is the general belief that the holy incident was the result of birth of "AYYAPPA SWAMY". One flower from the plait of Mohini fell down and it was smelt by Lord Siva. Then he surprisingly found "Sree Maha Vishnu" in the form of Mohini and felt shy for his behavior. The place where the flower from the plait of Mohini fell is named as RYALI the Telugu meaning of "Fall". This place known as Ryali for the above reason became above of Lord Siva and Sree Mahavishnu with the form of Mohini on back side Lord Brahma consecrated the Siva Lingam with his Kamandalam and hence Lord Siva at Ryali is worshipped as Sri Uma Kamandalesara Swamy Varu, Sri Mahavishnu with the form of Mohini on backside is worshipped as Sri Jaganmohini Kesava Swamy varu both Siva and Vishnu Temples are located facing each other. This is very rare feature at Ryali where Vishnu and Lord Siva Temples faces each other in East, West direction.
  51. 51. The shrine of SriJaganMohini KeshavaSwamy is made up ofsingle stone(Salagrama Ekashila -5 feet height and 3ftwidth).The idol looks like SriVishnu (male) fromfront side and asMohini (female) fromrear side.The architecturalbeauty of the idol andtemple is excellent. Theflow of Akasha Gangaat the feet of Sri MahaVishnu can be seenhere
  52. 52. Hope Island in Konaseema Hope Island is a narrow stretch of sandy formation in the mighty Bay of Bengal which was responsible for the formation of the Bay of Kakinada. This enchanting island was formed during the last 200 years by the sand drifting from the tributary of Godavari River. The picturesque island presents a beautiful view with backwaters on one side and sandy beaches on the side facing the Bay of Bengal. The northern part of the island is called the "Godavari point" which overlooks the entry point into the Bay of Kakinada and the Kakinada harbour. Hope Island protects the city of Kakinada from the strong cyclone/tidal waves coming from the Bay of Bengal and offers shelter to ships which berth at anchor in the Kakinada Bay. Thanks to this protection, the port of Kakinada has become one of the safest natural harbours on the east coast of India Experts disclose that Hope Island is fragile and should be protected to the maximum extent. They caution that there should be no construction activity on the Hope Island, as that would adversely affect the island and the town itself.
  53. 53. Lord Rama Temple Gollalamamidada EastGodavari AndhraPradesh
  54. 54. Markandeya Temple In Rajahmundry , East GodavariHeres a miracle that youve to see to believe it. WitnessRiver Ganga flowing from Lord Vishnus feet.Constructed by Gundu Sobhanadriswara Rao in 1818,this ancient temple has Lord Mahavishnu carved out ofa single, five-foot-high Saligramam (a rare fossil stonefound in Nepal).
  55. 55. Nagullanka is aadelta located in the East Godavari district Nagullanka is delta located in the East Godavari districtof Andhra Pradesh,India. This delta is surrounded with all of Andhra Pradesh,India. This delta is surrounded with allsides by water and is very much famous for its scenic sides by water and is very much famous for its scenicgreenery.The northern side is bounded by Gautami Godavari greenery.The northern side is bounded by Gautami Godavariand southern side is bounded by Vasista Godavari. It is one and southern side is bounded by Vasista Godavari. It is oneof most fertile lands present in the district and is also called of most fertile lands present in the district and is also calledas Konaseema. The entire region is rich as Konaseema. The entire region is richin Coconut trees, Mango trees and Paddy fields. Nagullanka in Coconut trees, Mango trees and Paddy fields. Nagullankais predominantly Telugu-speaking. The Telugu spoken by the is predominantly Telugu-speaking. The Telugu spoken by themiddle class is the standard dialect, while aasignificant middle class is the standard dialect, while significantpopulation who have settled down in the village from the population who have settled down in the village from theadjoining villages of P.Gannavaram.Historians theorise that adjoining villages of P.Gannavaram.Historians theorise thatcenturies ago (when Uttarandhra was part of the Kalinga centuries ago (when Uttarandhra was part of the KalingaEmpire), Buddhist missionaries and merchants may have Empire), Buddhist missionaries and merchants may havetaken Telugu script (derived from Brahmi script) taken Telugu script (derived from Brahmi script)to Southeast Asia from the shores of Uttarandhra, where it to Southeast Asia from the shores of Uttarandhra, where itevolved into the scripts evolved into the scriptsof Mon, Burmese, Thai, Khmer, Javanese,Balinese and of Mon, Burmese, Thai, Khmer, Javanese,Balinese andpossibly Sinhala (spoken in Sri Lanka). Their similarities to possibly Sinhala (spoken in Sri Lanka). Their similarities toTelugu script can be discerned even today. Nagullanka is Telugu script can be discerned even today. Nagullanka isknown for its green Coconut orchards, lushgreen Paddy known for its green Coconut orchards, lushgreen Paddyfields and numerous canals. Apart from these it is also fields and numerous canals. Apart from these it is alsofamous for cultivation of turmeric and aakind of Yam called famous for cultivation of turmeric and kind of Yam calledKanda. Last but not the least, it is famous for Veda-pandits, Kanda. Last but not the least, it is famous for Veda-pandits,the Godavari River and the hospitality of the people. the Godavari River and the hospitality of the people.The inhabitants of Konaseema adopted aahighly sustainable The inhabitants of Konaseema adopted highly sustainablelife-style. For example, every part of aacoconut tree is used: life-style. For example, every part of coconut tree is used:from roots to the leaves and everything in between. This from roots to the leaves and everything in between. Thiscould probably be explained by the geographic isolation could probably be explained by the geographic isolationfrom the mainland. Before the construction of critical bridge from the mainland. Before the construction of critical bridgeinfrastructure connecting to the mainland, water-based infrastructure connecting to the mainland, water-basedtransportation was the only option. This relative isolation led transportation was the only option. This relative isolation ledto Konaseema people becoming extremely efficient at to Konaseema people becoming extremely efficient atresource usage.And Sankrathi is the biggest festival resource usage.And Sankrathi is the biggest festivalclelebrated for 3 days, and on 3rd day Prabhalatherdham is aa clelebrated for 3 days, and on 3rd day Prabhalatherdham ispopular festival in Nagullanka. popular festival in Nagullanka.
  56. 56. Pandavula Metta, aahillock nearer to Peddapuram, aasmall town in East Godavari District. Situated Pandavula Metta, hillock nearer to Peddapuram, small town in East Godavari District. Situatedclose to ADB Road, this hillock tells us about one such episode of the exile period of Pandavas. close to ADB Road, this hillock tells us about one such episode of the exile period of Pandavas.Legend has ititthat during one of their exile period of 13 years, the Pandavas had stayed here. The Legend has that during one of their exile period of 13 years, the Pandavas had stayed here. Thetraces of which can still be seen here, in the ruins. ItItis said that on their way to Rameswaram, they traces of which can still be seen here, in the ruins. is said that on their way to Rameswaram, theystayed some years in Peddapuram on aahill. This hill was in midst of aaJungle. And back in the days stayed some years in Peddapuram on hill. This hill was in midst of Jungle. And back in the daysof yore, Koya people (tribals) lived here as the places like Addateegala, Rajavommangi and of yore, Koya people (tribals) lived here as the places like Addateegala, Rajavommangi andPeddapuram were where they used to live. Legend also has ititthat the Pandavas also built a tunnel Peddapuram were where they used to live. Legend also has that the Pandavas also built a tunnelthrough which they used to travel to Rajahmundry to have aabath in the River Godavari. "Metta" in through which they used to travel to Rajahmundry to have bath in the River Godavari. "Metta" inTelugu means hillock. That’s the reason this hill was named after their name. IfIf one visits this Telugu means hillock. That’s the reason this hill was named after their name. one visits thishillock, one can find two natural caves on the hill facing the East. It is widely believed that the hillock, one can find two natural caves on the hill facing the East. It is widely believed that thePandavas had lived here for some time during their exile. One can also see "Bheemunipadalu Pandavas had lived here for some time during their exile. One can also see "Bheemunipadalu(prints of Bheemas feet, who was the second of the Pandavas). Even today, the Koya people (prints of Bheemas feet, who was the second of the Pandavas). Even today, the Koya people(tribals) name their children after the Pandavas and Draupadi, who was their wife. (tribals) name their children after the Pandavas and Draupadi, who was their wife.
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