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Vijayawada – A Great Holiday Destination With A Religious Touch
About  Vijayawada
Vijayawada, which means “Place of Victory”, is the third largest town of Andhra Pradesh. The town is located at the top of the Krishna delta and is bordered by River Budameru on the north. On the eastern side of the city lies the Bay of Bengal, while the western side is covered by the Indrakeeladri Mountain. The city is believed to have been established by Arjuna, the great warrior from the epic Mahabharata, after he was blessed by Lord Shiva atop the Indrakeeladri hill. According to another legend the place got its name when Goddess Durga rested at the place for a short while after attaining victory over the demon she had come to slay. In the modern times, the town has become major tourist destination renowned for its various temples and Buddhist monuments.

Prominent Places Of Tourist Interest
Amaravati: Renowned for being home of the well-known Amareswara temple, the small town of Amravati is located in the Gubntur district, on the shores River Krishna. The temple of Amreshwara is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to be one of five Panchrama shrines. In addition to this ancient temple, Amravati is also famous for housing the great Buddhist Stupa, constructed during the pre-Murayan era. The 2000 year old stupa is famous for its carved pillars which depict the teaching and scenes from the life of Buddha. There is also a museum located at place which features Buddhist archeological items from the different parts of the state.

Kanaka Durga Temple: This temple is located on the Indrakeeladri hill and features a huge 4ft tall fascinating statue of Goddess Durga. The idol depicts the eight handed goddess Durga, adorned with various weapons and beautiful ornaments and flowers, standing over the demon Mahishasura and stabbing him with her trident. The temple is believed to have been constructed by the legendary warrior Arjuna, after he attained the Pasupatha astra from Lord Shiva. According to the Vedas, the deity of the temple is extremely powerful as she is self-manifested or a 'Swayambhu'.

Kondapalli Fort: This 14th century fort is located near the city of Vijayawada in the Krishna district. Constructed by Prolaya Vema Reddy of Kondavid, the fort was initially used mainly for recreational and business purposes. The fort features three entry gates in a row and the primary among these is known as the Dargha Darwaja. This gate, which is constructed from a single block of granite, has a height of 4.6 m and a width of 3.7 m wide and 4.6 m high. The other entrance gate known as the Golconda Darwaza, serves as the gateway to the Jaggaiahpet Village. In addition, the features a palace known as Tanisha Mahal, situated on the top between two hills. There is also a deep reservoir located within the fort, which gets its water from a spring.

Undavalli Caves: Located in the village of Undavalli in Guntur district are the four storied caves of Undavalli. Dating back to the 7th century, the caves are on the crest of a high hill that faces the magnificent River Krishna. The caves, which were initially constructed in the form of Buddhist monasteries, feature a huge statue of Lord Vishnu in a laid back position, constructed from a single slab of granite. The caves renowned for their Gupta style architecture as well as the magnificent range of cut-in architecture and sculpted shapes.

Bhavani Island: This famous picnic spot is located 4 kms away from Vijaywada, in the midst of Krishna River and covers an area of 538231.904 sq. m. Apart from featuring manicured gardens and mangroves the island is also an ideal place for visitors to enjoy boating and other water sports.

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