15 points about Vijayawada History
1. Historic Capital.
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 Vijayawada-Guntur region. The manuscripts found from the Indra Kiladri hill of Durgamma dated 927-933 AD mentions the City name as Raja Cholendrapuram.
2. More History it has.
Vijayawada has been the Center of the Vishnukundina kingdom in the 5BC -6BC and the headquarters of the Early Chalukyas of Badami.
3. A Place of Goddess Kanaka Durga.
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.
4. The Prakasam Barrage.
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.
5. Mogalarajapuram Caves.
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.
6. 125+ year old Municipal Corporation.
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.
7. India’s 2nd Biggest Bus Terminal.
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.
8. India’s Biggest Railway Junction and Asia’s 2nd biggest.
Vijayawada Railway junction with hundreds of trains every day, is one of the busiest Railway Stations of India.
9. Largest Automobile hub of Asia.
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 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.
10. India’s second largest wagon workshop.
11. The first Gandhi Memorial Stupa in the country.
Gandhi memorial in Vijayawada
The second largest wagon workshop of Indian railways is at Rayanapadu near Vijayawada.
Subway car elevated for repair
12. First Theater of Andhra Pradesh state ( actually the united one).
“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? ??
13. Home of the first 70MM theater in whole Coastal India.
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” .
14. World’s Largest Mango Market.
The nunna mango yard of vijayawada is the world’s largest Mango Market.
15. There is a statue of Kakani Venkata Ratnam who was key member of Jai Andhra Movement and former Cabinet Minister, commemorated at Benz Circle.