India - Vijayawada City Information

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Vijayawada City Information

Vijayawada, in Andhra Pradesh was earlier known as Bezwada and it was an important centre of the Vishnukundin rulers and the headquarters of the Early Chalukyas of Badami.
The present name is derived from the presiding deity, Kanakdurga also called Vijaya.
This city today is a thriving business centre and a convenient base to visit varied historical sites.

Places of Interest:

The Victoria Jubilee Museum - The Museum of the Archaeological Department situated on Bundar Road contains sculptures and painting apart from pre historic materials, such as stone tools, microliths and Neolithic implements. There is also a colossal granite statue of the Buddha.

Kondapalli - Kondapalli village near Vijayawada is famous toy making centre and the toys are made of light wood called 'Poniki' and lacquered in brilliant colours. 

Prakasam Barrage - The barrage located on the outskirts of Vijayawada is one of the earliest major irrigation projects in Southern India.   

Kanaka Durga Temple - Kanaka Durga, the goddess of power, is the presiding deity of Vijayawada with city deriving its name from the goddess who is also known as Vijaya. The temple of the goddess is situated on the Indrakila hill along the river and the deity is Swayambhu or self-manifested.

Gandhi Stupa - The tall Gandhi Stupa situated on Gandhi Hill, was erected in memory of Mahatma Gandhi with his teachings inscribed on stone slabs.

Hazrathbal Mosque - The Mosque has the holy relic of Prophet Mohammad and it is displayed once a year.

Mogalrajapuram Caves - Mogalrajapuram caves have five rock-cut sanctuaries of 7th century.

Rajiv Gandhi Park - Located near the new Vijayawada bus stand, this educative park contains built-up structures of dinosaurs and pre-historic animals besides a Musical Fountain.

 

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