Vizianagaram is located in the Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh in South India. Vizianagaram is an ancient city of 500 years. The coastal city is bounded on the south-eastern side by Bay of Bengal.
The history of this ancient city is as old as the Kalinga Dynasty of Orissa.In the 4th century B.C the Kalinga Empire extended up to the Vizianagaram.Later it was ruled by the Mauryas, the Chedis, the Satavahanas, the Pitribhaktas, the Marathas, the Chalukyas of Vengi and many other royal dynasties. Thus the city is the witness of many important historical events. In the post-independence time after the formation of the Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam districts, Vizianagaram district was formed in 1979 taking portions of land from the neighboring two districts of Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam.
The city has been the home of many eminent personalities. To name a few:Sri Gurajada Apparao-one of the most famous writer of Telegu literature, Dwaram Venkata Swami Naidu- the famous violinist, Sri Kodi Rammurthy-an excellent wrestler and many others.
One of the major tourist attractions of this city is Ramatheertham-a thousand year old temple devoted to Lord Rama .The distinctive feature of this temple is that it was carved out of a single piece of rock. The festivals of Ramnavami and Vaikuntha Ekadashi are celebrated with much pomp and grandeur.
The famous Bobbli fort stands in testimony to the numerous historic battles fought in the region between the Raja of Bobbli and his enemies.
One of the oldest Shiva temples of the country is located in Punyagiri.The sanctum receives an underground water supply through out the year which ensures that the Shivalinga is perpetually bathed with water.
South India is known for the ancient temples and temple architectures. The Kumili temples are no exception to this.Kumili has temples of Ganapathi, Shiva, and Kalika Devi, Venu Gopalaswamy, Sathyanarayan Swamy, Seetharama swamy, Anjaneya swamy and Navagrahalu within the temple complex.
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