Rajahmundry is one of the major cities in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is located at the Godavari River, in East Godavari district of the Andhra Pradesh.
The city is the mandal headquarters to both Rajahmundry (rural) and Rajahmundry (urban) mandals. It is also the divisional headquarters of Rajahmundry revenue division and one of the two municipal corporations in the district, alongside Kakinada.
As of 2011 census, it is the sixth most populous city in Andhra Pradesh, with a population of 343,903 and 419,818 post merger of 21 gram panchayats,the fifth most populous urban agglomeration settlement, with a population of 478,199.
Rajahmundry got back its original name, Rajamahendravaram. On 10 October 2015, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s cabinet made the official announcement after a meeting.
The city is most notable for its historic agricultural, economic and cultural backgrounds. Hence, the city is also known as the Cultural Capital of Andhra Pradesh. One of the largest road cum rail bridges is on the Godavari River, connecting Kovvur and Rajahmundry.
|Founded by||Rajaraja Narendra (king 1022 AD)|
|Government Body||Rajahmundry Municipal Corporation|
|Elevation||14 m (46 ft)|
|Rank||108th (India), 6th (Andhra Pradesh)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Telephone code||+91-883-XXX XXXX|
In its earlier days, it was called Rajamahendravaram
Portrait of Nannayya
Painting representing historical significance of Rajahmundry city at a wall in Rajahmundry railway station
Remains of 11th century palaces and forts still exist. However, new archaeological evidence suggests that the town may have existed much before the Chalukyas.
Rajahmundry was established by Ammaraja Vishnuvardhana the First (919–934 AD). Some people believe in this theory as Vishnuvardhana had the title “Rajamahendra”. His predecessor Ammaraja Vijayaditya the Second (945–970 AD) also had the same title, “Rajamahendra”.
Raja Raja Narendra (1020–1061 AD)
Kakatiya Rule (1323 AD)
Reddy and Gajapathi (1353–1448 AD)
Anglo – French (1758 AD)
Rajahmundry was one of the biggest cities in South India in the 19th century. It was the hotbed of several movements during India’s freedom struggle and acted as a base for many key leaders. Subba Rao was founder of Hindu Samaj in Rajahmundry.
The rebirth of culture in Andhra Pradesh started in Rajahmundry. He started a monthly magazine, Vivekavardhini, a school for girls at Dowleswaram in 1874. The first widow remarriage took place on 11 December 1881.
Independence movement and Rajahmundry: (1885–1905 AD)
The fort of the Dutch
Rajahmundry was under Dutch rule for some time. In 1602, the Dutch constructed a fort here. In 1857, the British conquered the Dutch.