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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bridges · Forests
Rajahmundry is in East Godavari district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is located on the banks of the Godavari River. It is a municipal corporation and the headquarters of both Rajahmundry Rural and Rajahmundry Urban mandals, administered under Rajahmundry revenue division. census, it is the seventh most populous city in the state, with a population of 341,831.The city is known for its historic agricultural, economic and cultural backgrounds and hence, it is known as the Cultural Capital of Andhra Pradesh. One of the longest road cum rail bridges across Godavari River, connects the city with the town of Kovvur. The Kotilingeswar Ghat temple on the banks of Godavari river is one of fifty five Shakti Peethas.EtymologyIn its earlier days, it was called Rajamahendravaram. But later, it was referred as Rajahmundry. On 10 October 2015, the government made the official announcement to rename the city with its original name, Rajamahendravaram.HistoryThe city can be traced back to the rule of the Eastern Chalukya king Raja Raja Narendra, who reigned around 1022 AD, after whom it is named – Rajamahendri or Rajamahendravaram. Remains of 11th-century palaces and forts still exist. However, new archaeological evidence suggests that the town may have existed long before the Chalukyas.
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