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Visakhapatnam - Wikipedia. Visakhapatnam. Vizag, Waltair. Metropolis. Nickname(s): The Jewel of the East Coast.
Goa of the East. Financial Capital of Andhra Pradesh. The City of Destiny. Coordinates: 1. 7. It is located on the coast of Bay of Bengal in the north eastern region of the state. It is the administrative headquarters of Visakhapatnam district and also the Financial Capital of Andhra Pradesh. Visakhapatnam Port is the fifth busiest port in India in terms of cargo handled.
Historically, it was considered part of the Kalinga ancient region. After independence, Visakhapatnam developed into one of the country's chief ports and became the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy. Visakhapatnam was ranked as the fifth cleanest city in India according to the government's Swachhta Sarvekshan rankings.
The city coordinates lies between 1. It's periphery consists of plains along the coast line while the interiors boast of the beautiful hills of the Eastern Ghats which surround it on the North and the West. This region is also called the Agency Division.
It occupies an area of approximately 1. History. Historically considered part of the Kalinga region.
Control over the city fluctuated between the Chola Dynasty of Tamil Nadu and the Gajapati Kingdom of Odisha. European powers eventually set up trading interests in the city, and Visakhapatnam came under French rule at the end of the 1. The city is named after Sri Vishaka Varma. Legend has it that Radha and Vi. Sri Vishaka Sakhi is the second most important gopi of the eight main gopis. She carries messages between Radha and Krishna, and is the most expert gopi messenger. Local residents believe that an Andhra king, built a temple to pay homage to his family deity Vi.
This is now inundated under sea water near R K Beach. Another theory is that it is named after a women disciple of Buddha named Vi. Later it was ruled by Qutb Shahis, Mughal Empire (between 1. Nizam (1. 72. 4–1.
France (1. 75. 7–1. British in 1. 76. European powers eventually set up trading interests in the city, and Visakhapatnam came under French rule at the end of the 1. Relics found in the area also prove the existence of a Buddhist empire in the region.
Kalinga later lost the territory to King Ashoka in the bloodiest battle of its time, which prompted Ashoka to embrace Buddhism. Visakhapatnam is surrounded by ancient Buddhist sites, most of which have been excavated recently and illustrate the legacy of Buddhism in the region. The Buddhist settlement found here is estimated to date back from the first century BC to the second century AD. On the hillock (which overlooks the coastline) are 1. Gopalapatnam, on the Tandava River, is a village surrounded by brick stupas, viharas, pottery and other Buddhist artefacts. Located 4. 0 km (2.
Visakhapatnam, it is known locally as Bojjannakonda and is a significant Buddhist site in Andhra Pradesh. The three major schools of Buddhism (Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana) flourished here. The complex is known for its monolithic stupas, rock- cut caves and brick structures. The primary stupa was initially carved out of rock and covered with bricks. Excavations yielded historic pottery and Satavahana coins from the first century AD.
At Lingalakonda, there are also rock- cut monolithic stupas in rows spread over the hill. The vihara was active for about 1,0. At Ligalametta there are hundreds of rock- cut monolithic stupas in rows, spread across the hill. Among other Buddhist attractions are a relic casket, three chaitya halls, votive platforms, stupas and Vajrayana sculptures. Here the Buddhist habitation is noticed on a 1. The Hinayana school of Buddhism was practised at the monastery between the 3rd century B. C. Bavikonda has remains of an entire Buddhist complex, comprising 2.
A piece of bone stored in an urn recovered here is believed to belong to the mortal remains of the Buddha. The word Bavikonda in Telugu means . Fitting its name, Bavikonda is a hill with wells for the collection of rainwater. It is located 1. 5 km (9. Visakhapatnam and is a significant Buddhist site. Excavation carried out from 1.
Buddhist establishment including a mahachaitya embedded with relic caskets. Artifacts recovered from the site include Roman and Satavahana coins and pottery dating from the third century BC to the second century AD. A significant finding was a piece of bone (with a large quantity of ash) in an urn, which is believed to be the remains of the Buddha. The Bavikonda site is considered one of the oldest Buddhist sites in Asia.
It is a reminder of the Buddhist civilisation which once existed in southern India, and also reminiscent of Borobudur in Indonesia. The Buddhist Complex on the Mangamaripeta hilltop, locally known as Totlakonda, lies about 1. Visakhapatnam on Visakhapatnam- Bheemili Beach Road. After its discovery (during an aerial survey), the Government of A. P. Excavations in 1.
Religious, Secular and Civil. These structures include the Stupa, Chaityagrihas, pillared congregation halls, bhandagaras, refectory (bhojanasala), drainage and stone pathways. The site covers an area of 1. Andhra Pradesh. Excavations have revealed three kinds of structural remains: religious, secular and civil.
Structures include a mahastupa, sixteen votive stupas, a stone- pillared congregation hall, eleven rock- cut cisterns, well- paved stone pathways, an apsidalchaitya- griha, three round chaitgya- grihas, two votive platforms, ten viharas and a kitchen complex with three halls and a refectory (dining hall). Apart from the structures, Buddhist treasures excavated include nine Satavahana and five Roman silver coins, terracotta tiles, stucco decorative pieces, sculptured panels, miniature stupa models in stone, Buddha padas depicted with ashtamangala symbols (i.
The region was ruled by the Eastern Ganga king- Surya. Vamsa Kshatriyas and the Gajapati kings of Odisha from the 1.
AD (when the region came under the Visakhapatnam rulers). Based on archaeological evidence, the Prabhakar and the Eastern Ganga Kings of Odisha built temples in the city in the 1.
The Mughals ruled the area under the Visakhapatnam Nizam during the late 1. European merchants from France, Holland and the East India Company used the natural port to export tobacco, paddy, coal, iron ore, ivory, muslin and other textile products. Local legend tells that an Andhra king, on his way to Benares, rested at Visakhapatnam and was so enchanted by its beauty that he ordered a temple to be built in honour of his family deity, Vi. Archaeological sources, however, reveal that the temple was probably built between the 1.
Cholas. A shipping merchant, Shankarayya Chetty, built one of the mandapams (pillared halls) of the temple. Although it no longer exists (possibly washed away about 1. Visakhapatnam remember visits to the ancient shrine by their grandparents (although author Ganapatiraju Atchuta Rama Raju denies this).
Visakhapatnam became a district in the Madras Presidency of British India. In September 1. 80. British and French squadrons fought the naval Battle of Vizagapatam near the harbour. After India's independence it was the largest district in the country, and was subsequently divided into the districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam. Part of the city is known by its colonial British name, Waltair; during the colonial era, the city's hub was the Waltair railway station and the surrounding part of the city is still called Waltair.
International Fleet Review 2. Climate. From a population of a few thousand during the 1. The city doubled its population from 1. Historical population. Year. Pop. The total population constituted 8. There were a total of 1,2. The average literacy rate of the city was 8.
There were 1. 64,1. The child sex ratio was 9. The area practised Buddhism for two millennia, as evidenced by the many Buddhist sangharamas in the outlying areas; currently, however, the population of Buddhists has waned, with approximately 3% Buddhist population in the entire Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation as of 2.
The latter is mainly spoken by the people who originally belong to the districts of Vizianagaram and Srikakulam. There is also an Anglo- Indian community. Governance. It has a jurisdictional area of 5. Gajuwaka, Anakapalle and Bheemunipatnam. It has activity in multiple sectors, including industry, fishing, IT, pharmaceutics, export and imports by sea and trade. The city was identified as one of the fastest- growing in the world, economically and demographically.
Tourism also plays an important role in generating revenue to the state of Andhra Pradesh, with many tourist spots in and around the city, attracts large number of tourists. A number of fishermen have their livelihoods depending on fishing in the city. The ice factories in and outside the Fishing Harbour, caters to the needs of the fishermen and provides employment as well.
The city is a hub for iron ore and other mineral exports which are exported by sea to other countries. Fishing Harbour at Visakhapatnam Port Trust is one of the biggest in the Coastal corridor of Andhra Pradesh generating huge revenue. Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation(APIIC) is a special economic zone (covering 5,7. It is occupied by industries such as WS Industries, Pokarna Limited, Uniparts, Confidence Petroleum, Southern Online Bio, Nagarjuna Agri.
Chem, Anjaney Alloys, Maithon Alloys and Abhijit Ferro Alloys. Asian Paints to set up Rs. Vizag. The aim of this project is to provide 6. Pilkington, an automotive- glass manufacturer is also has its company. Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City (JNPC) is the only pharmaceutical SEZ in India, with 5. Pharma. Zell of Germany and Eisai Pharma of Japan. Ports and Shipyard led to many private sectors to set up large- scale industries.