(Last Updated on : 28-05-2015)
Rajahmundry is a historical place of East Godavari
in the South Indian state Andhra Pradesh
. The ancient temples dedicated to Lords Markandeya and Kotilingeswara are also found here. This is a prominent pilgrim spot.
Location of Rajahmundry
Rajahmundry is about 581 km by rail from Chennai
on the way to Kolkata
. It is on the beautiful banks of the Godavari River
History of Rajahmundry
According to mythological history, it is believed that once a pious couple prayed to Lord Shiva or Mahadeva for a son here in Rajahmundry. Being happy with their devotion, the Lord asked them to choose between an erudite son with a short span of life and a nitwit with of course a long life. They wisely opted for the first one. Their wish was granted and Markandeya was born to them. Markandeya was supposed to live only for 16 years. Since his childhood, he was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva or Mahadeva
. He pleased the Lord with his ardent devotion. As Markandeya attained the age of 16 years, Lord Yama
came to take him away. The boy got frightened to see him and hugged the Shiva Linga with great faith. The Yama then threw one end of his rope and tried to take him away forcibly along with the Shiva Linga. At his, Lord Shiva was angered and he appeared before Yama and kicked him away with his holy legs. Yama then prayed to Shiva and said that he was doing his duty only. Then Lord Siva pardoned Lord Yama and declared that the child Markandeya will remain 16 years of age forever. Thus Markandeya became an immortal.
Economy of Rajamundry
Rajamundry is also well known for being the heart for the manufacture of carpets and sandalwood articles.
Demography of Rajamundry
According to the population census in the year 2011, Rajamundry had a population of 343,903. The total population constitute 169,786 males and 174,117 females a sex ratio of 1026 females per 1000 males, higher than the national average of 940 per 1000.
Tourism in Rajamundry
The grand attraction in Rajahmundry is Godavari River. The three bridges over the river are the longest in South India. There are many ghats for mental recreation. Numerous ghats and parks are along the banks of river. Sir Arthur Cotton Museum, Maredumilli, Chitrangi Palace, River Bay Resort, Freedom Fighters Park, Sri Kandukuri Veeresalingam House, Tombs of Sri Kandukuri Veeresalingam and Smt. Kandukuri Rajyalakshmi, Damerla Rama Rao Art Gallery, Gowthami Library, Aryabhatta Science & Technology Society, Rallabandi Subbarao Archaeological Museum and many Kambala park are the popular tourist destinations in Rajahmundry.