Why Rajamundry? – Part IV 16/02/2011

I   was not aware  of the several  important temples in and around Rajamundry  except the Sri Satyanarayana Swami  temple in Annavaram, a ninety minute drive from  our hotel. It  also  came as a revelation  that  the town   is replete with history  and  can boast of several luminaries and freedom fighters who hailed  from this cultural  capital of Andhra.The leading  light  is Andhra Bheeshma Sri Nyapathi SubbaRao Pantulu  of whom our  former President  the late Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan  had observed ‘whenever I think of  Rajamundry two things come to my mind. One is the river Godavari and the  second is Nyapati Subba Rao Pantulu’.

By way of paying tribute to  this iconic figure  the  grandsons    who continue to live  in Rajamundry have  got a  bronze statue installed in the midst of the town which  was unveiled last May.

Among his several contributions in various fields SubbaRao Pantulu was one of the founders of The Hindu. Hence the square   is called ‘The Hindu Square’.

Among  the  various temples situated  outside Rajamundry, Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple in Antarvedi, Draksharamam  temple and  Sri SatyaNarayana Swami temple in Annavaram  are a  must see  both from the historical /mythological  point of view and the religious  aspect. Antarvedi is at the tip of the confluence of Godavari River and the Bay of Bengal. After a visit to the temple we could not however reach the spot of the  sagara sangamam  since the approach by road was blocked. We had to contend ourselves by viewing the river and the sea  separately from two different points. It is popularly believed that Treta Yuga episode of Ksheera Sagara Mathanam took place in Antarvedi.

The sanctum of  the two storeyed  Bhimeswara temple in Draksharamam with ivory coloured  gopuram  is unique for the form  of the Linga here. Bhimeswara is enshrined in the second storey as a ten feet high Shiva linga which appears like  marble. Shiva’s consort here is Manikyamba.

Annavaram is famous  for Sri Satyanarayana Swami   temple  which is considered second only to Tirupathi in Andhra Pradesh.The  deity is Lord Veera Venkata Satya Narayana Swamy, seated on either side are Sankara and Anantha Lakshmi Satyavathi Ammavaru.

 

At the end of our four day stay which included enjoying the hospitality of  Nyapati Narasimha Rao’s family(he is the grandson of Subba Rao Panthulu) we left  Rajamundry  stocked with  the  famous Rajamundry Kaja and Pootharekulu, a delicacy  available only in Andhra.

Why  not Rajamundry for a holiday?   Is my refrain  now.

n.meera raghavendra rao

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9 thoughts on “Why Rajamundry? – Part IV 16/02/2011

  1. bvs bhaskar

    I am totally surprised. How a writer/author/journalist can put his/her travel experience in such a beautiful way. Along with me my wife also surprised to read all the four parts of your Why Rajahmundry? you scetched every moment well. goodluck.–Bhaskar, The Hindu. Rajahmundry.

  2. A reader of this post wishes me to include the following historical background of Rajamundry.
    Rajamundry was founded in 11th.century by Raja Raja Narendra .It is the birthplace of AdiKavi Nannayya ,earliest known Telugu author who is held in high regard as a person who revived Telugu language.
    Sri Kandukuri Veeresalingam Pantulu ,who is known as the South Indian Raja Ram Mohan Roy belonged to Rajamundry.

  3. Rajahmundry is a very interesting place to shop actually. Especially Sarees..:)
    A busy market going by the name of kota Gummam ( FORT GATE ), hosts many saree shops.
    In summer Devi Chowk, a center for Mangoes and Watermelons..People coem from very far and buy. Yes why not Rajahmundry for Holiday!!

  4. Jaya Pydah

    Wow, Meera! Read all the four parts. Only you could have brought alive the beauty of Rajamundry in such a captivitating way. I remember my several journeys by train on the old bridge over Godavari, when we used to fling coins into the river. These journeys were all the more exciting because the train moved on the old structure designed to create that kind of a rhythmic, metallic rumbling echo. Sadly today, one doesn’t get that feel on the new multi tier bridge. To this day, my mother aged 83 , sparkles with renewed energy when she reminisces about her dear Rajamundry (where she hails from) and the Godavari river!

  5. Your description of travelling on the old bridge over Godavari brings back my memories of the exciting journey we had as children .We used to eagerly wait to toss a coin in the holy river!

  6. Raghu

    Atha,

    This is Raghu (Venu’s son). Just read your blog on Rajahmundry. In 2009, Suma and kids went to almost all the places you mention. They had a wonderful time. I stayed back in U.S for work related reasons. Anyway, hope all is well.

    Regards

    Raghu

  7. Thanks Raghu for your reply which came as a pleasant surprise. Rajamundry is certainly worth visiting. Hope you will be able to make it sometime when you visit Hyderabad next.

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