Vijayawada

Vijayawada often also known as Bezawada, literally translates to 'The Place of Victory'.

Updated: June 16, 2022

Vijayawada often also known as Bezawada, literally translates to 'The Place of Victory'. Located on the banks of the Krishna River, it is the third largest city in Andhra Pradesh that holds the credit of being the largest railway junction in South India. Vijayawada is bounded by the lndrakeeladri Hills on the west and the Budameru river on the north. The major attraction of the city are Kondapalli Fort, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Gandhi Stupa and Undavalli Caves.

Bhavani island is one of the largest islands that is located on the Krishna river at Vijayawada. It is named after the Goddess Bhavani or Kanaka Durga whose temple is on the Indrakeeladri hill close to the island. Bhavani island can be reached by boat from the banks of Krishna river. You will enjoy the lush green surroundings and beauty of the Krishna river while approaching the island from the banks. Along with  the most spectacular view of the sunlight dancing on flowing waters of the river during sunrise you can also have numerous activities to pursue on the island- like water-skiing, kayaking, parasailing. You can also get an opportunities to enjoy some leisurely time snoozing on hammocks, fishing and picnicking with your family.

The Undavalli Caves are located in the city of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh is a monolithic example of Indian rock-cut architecture. These caves date back to the 4th to 5th centuries which was originally the Jain caves and was later converted into a Hindu temple.

Kondapalli Fort is a marvellous 14th-century fort located in the village of Kondapalli in Guntur district near Vijayawada. The village is famous for wooden toys, especially the Kondapalli Dolls. 

The Kanaka Durga Temple is a famous shrine dedicated to the Goddess Durga that is located in Vijayawada of Andhra Pradesh. The temple is surrounded by the gentle hills of Inrakeeladri, right along the banks of the Krishna River. The Kanaka Durga Temple of Andhra Pradesh is one of the many Shaktipeethas that are situated in the country. The goddess appears in her Mahishasurmardini form here, along with the slain demon king Mahishasura. 

Mogalarajapuram Caves dating back to 5th century and one of the most significant landmarks of the heritage of Vijayawada. They house idols of Lord Nataraja and Lord Vinayaka amongst many more, a few cave temples and a shrine for Goddess Durga. A carving of Ardhanariswara present here is said to be the only one of its kind across the whole of South India. 

The Subramanya Swamy Temple is a shrine located in Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), set on the foot of the Indrakiladari Hills. The temple is dedicated to the Lord of serpents Kartikeya and all three forms of Lord Subramanya is worshiped here. These include Sri Dandayudhapani Swamy as a boy, Sri Valli Devayanai- his original form and lastly in the form of a serpent. The temple also houses a silver covered Garuda pillar which holds great religious significance for the devotees. There is an anthill by the temple, the natural habitat of snakes, which is worshipped by the devotees with great belief.

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