The city was the capital of Andhra Pradesh 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 Raja Cholendrapuram.
- Kanaka Durgamma Temple
- Amareswara swami Temple
- Gautam Buddha’s Holy Aura at Amaravati
- Undavalli Caves
- Panakala Narasimha Swami Temple
- The Prakasam Barrage
Kanaka Durgamma Temple
Kanaka Durga Temple is a famous Hindu Temple of Goddess Kanaka Durga located in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. The temple is located on the Indrakeeladri hill, on the banks of Krishna River. Kaalika puraana, Durgaa sapthashati and other vedic literature have mentioned about Goddess Kanaka Durga on the Indrakeelaadri and have described the deity as Swayambhu, (self-manifested) in Triteeya kalpa.
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.
Amareswara swami Temple
Sri Amaralingeswara Swami Temple is one of the Pancharama Kshetras which is located at Amaravati town (historically called as Amararama) near Guntur City in Andhra Pradesh. Lord Siva is known as Amareswara Swamy or Amaralingeswara Swamy here. The temple is situated on the southern bank of Krishna River.
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It is said that the Linga was continuously growing in size and a nail was hammered in at top to stop its growth.
Gautam Buddha’s Holy Aura at Amaravati
The Amravati stupa, which is also known as Mahachaitya Stupa, has the privilege of being the largest stupa(95 feet high) in India – the birthplace of Buddhism. Built during the 2nd century BCE, the stupa was discovered by a British archaeologist, Colonel Colin Mackenzie in 1797. The stupa was earlier a simple structure with limestone crossbars and simple carvings, but when renovated by the Satavahana rulers, became a highly marked architectural monument.
These caves were carved out of solid sandstone on a hillside in the 4th to 5th centuries A.D and they stand as a monolithic example of Indian rock-cut architecture and one of the finest testimonials to ancient vishwakarma sthapathis. They are located in the village of Undavalli at 6 km south west from Vijayawada and 22 km north east of Guntur City.
Panakala Narasimha Swami Temple
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.
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.