Sai Maharaj Devalayam
Panduranga Swamy Temple
Welcome to Krishna (Machilipatnam),
Krishna is a district in the Coastal Andhra region of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Machilipatnam is the administrative headquarters and Vijayawada is the most populated city in the district. Machilipatnam, also known as Masulipatnam or Bandar or Masula. The ancient port town served as the settlement of European traders from 16th century and it was a major trading port for the British, Dutch and French in the seventeenth century. Kuchipudi, a popular Indian Classical Dance form originated at Kuchipudi, 25 kilometres from Machilipatnam.
Machilipatnam is known for its Kalamkari textiles and paintings created using vegetable dyes. As a kalam (pen) is used in the technique of painting, it was called "Kalamkari Painting". During the 17th century, western traders were attracted by this art. Some of the famous places to visit are Manginapudi Beach, Dattashram, Panduranga Swamy temple, Machilipatnam Church, Ghantasala, Agastheeswara Temple, Gudivada, etc.
Dattashram is a holy site nestled along the sea housing an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Another temple built recently is situated nearby is Datta Temple. Owing to the sanctification of nine wells for bathing, Manginapudi is also referred to as 'Datta Rameshwaram' being similar to the one in Rameshwaram.
It is believed that Gudivada is an old town of more than 2000 years, and has been flourishing perpetually from the time of the Satavahanas. There are several historical relics that can be found within the geographical premises of Gudivada. From Vijayawada tourists have to cover a distance of 45 km to reach to Gudivada. Gudivada is religiously diversified small town with Hindu Temples, Mosques, Churches, Meher mandir, Jain temple. Certain archaeological remains such as Buddhist and Jain relics were discovered along with about 99 low mounds with the ruins of Buddhist stupas.
Gummadidurru is a small village in Krishna District having importance due to Buddhist structures built here. A new inscribed pillar found at Gummadidurru near Nandigama in Krishna district has thrown light on some new names of geographical locations during 275 AD in the Vijayanagara kingdom. Archaeological Survey of India's effort to revive the tourism attraction of Gummadidurru led to unearthing of a three-foot Bhrahmi lipi inscribed green limestone 'Octagonal pillar' that announced the completion of 10th rignal year of Ikshavaku king Siri Yahuvala Chantamula.
The Machilipatnam Kalamkari craft made at Pedana near by Machilipatnam in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, evolved with patronage of the Mughals and the Golconda sultanate. Kalamkari or qalamkari is a type of hand-painted or block-printed cotton textile, produced in parts of India and Iran. Its name originates in the Persian which is derived from the words qalam (pen) and kari (craftmanship), meaning drawing with a pen.
Kondapalli Toys have carved a niche of their own in the world of handicrafts. Nimble fingered artisans carve with aplomb, as characters emerge and evolve from light soft wood. The wooden piece is heated to make it moisture free. Different parts of the image are carved separately. They are then glued together with an adhesive made of crushed tamarind seeds. Both water and oil colours are used to paint the toy or figurine.
Krishna river originates in the western ghats near Mahabaleshwar at an elevation of about 1,300 meter, in the state of Maharashtra in central India. It is one of the longest rivers in India. The Krishna river is around 1,290 km in length. It flows through the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh before merging in the Bay of Bengal at Hamasaladeevi in Andhra Pradesh. The principle tributaries of the Krishna River includes Koyna, Bhima, Mallaprabha, Ghataprabha, Yerla, Warna, Dindi, Musi, Tungabhadra and Dudhganga rivers. The river basin is approximately 200 meter deep. Krishna river is the oldest river in India.
Kuchipudi is one of the eight major Indian classical dances. It originated in a village named Krishna district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Kuchipudi is a dance-drama performance art, with its roots in the ancient Hindu Sanskrit text of Natya Shastra. It developed as a religious art linked to traveling bards, temples and spiritual beliefs, like all major classical dances of India. Evidence of Kuchipudi's existence in an older version are found in copper inscriptions of the 10th century.
The Kuchipudi performance usually begins with an invocation. Then, each costumed actor is introduced, their role stated, and who then performs a short dance prelim to music (dharavu). Next, the performance presents pure dance (nritta). This is followed with expressive part of the performance (nritya), where rhythmic gestures as a sign language mime the play. Vocalists and musicians accompany the artist, with the song recited in Telugu language.
Another important shrine in Machelipatnam, Machilipatnam Church is quite popular among tourists and devotees. The church built in 19th century comprises of prayer halls that were crafted by an English man.
Machilipatnam Fort is also popularly known as Bandar Kota. It is indeed one of the leading tourist attractions of the city. The Fort is also historically stated as the Dutch Fort because it was established by the Dutch East India Company in 1600 AD. Machilipatnam Fort comprised an armory, a Ganta Sthambham or Bell, roofless jail and hospital (built by the Nizams of Golconda). The local people here still respect the Ganta Sthambham because the sound of the bell can be heard at Machavaram, a city which is 8 km away from the fort.
Manginapudi Beach is located at 11 kms from Machilipatnam in Krishna District, 85 kms away from Vijayawada. It was once an important trading center and a gateway to India. Manginapudi Beach has black soil instead of sands. It is a historic port city, popular health resort and an ideal place for beach lovers. Away from the hustle and bustle, this scenic Beach is just perfect to spend some time in solitude amidst natural beauty. Attractions of the Beach: A park with fountains and well-lit surroundings is located nearby. A full fledged dance school teaching Kuchipudi dance is nearby. Dattashram, an ancient temple of Lord Shiva is located on the banks of sea coast. An old light house on a sea cliff.
Movva is the birthplace of Siddhendra Yogi, the founder of Kuchipudi dance. This ancient town has temples of Vishnu and Shiva. Movva is situated at a distance of 30 km from Gudivada and 11 km from Pamarru in Krishna district. Movva is well connected by road from Gudivada and Pamarru and there are frequent buses from Gudivada and Pamarru. Private transport is also available from Pamarru Legend has it that when Modgalya Sage was doing penance, an illiterate named Varadaiah, becomes literate and went on to become a great poet called Kshetraiah.
This beautiful ancient temple spread across an area of six acres is dedicated to Lord Panduranga Vithal. Panduranga Swamy Temple houses a statue of the lord that measures 3 feet in height and resembles a lot of the childhood appearance of Lord Krishna. The idol of the lord is further beautified with a diamond studded crown and other ornaments. One will also find a statue of Abhayanjaney Swamy lying in front of the lord's idol. While the main entrance features a tower, the prakaram flanked on the three sides displays the descriptions of disciples of Lord Vithal. The temple is open for people of all castes and communities. Another temple dedicated to Goddess Rukmini, Radha and Satyabhama can be visited located just besides the entrance of this temple.
Lying at the district court center of Machilipatnam, Sai Maharaj Devalayam is a popular shrine located in the town. It is dedicated to Sri Saibaba of Shirdi housing hid idol and attracts devotees in large number.
Five ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva can be spotted in the town of Machelipatnam. These age old temples situated at Amravati, Chebrolu, Samalkot, Bhimavaram and Draksharama reflects the rich cultural heritage of the town. Visit these shrines to experience the exquisite architectural features and charm.
A 50 m high lighthouse on Machilipatnam Beach is a sight of pure grace and beauty. Coloured in the bands of black and white, this light house was renovated to the present form in 1982 and as completed in year 1984.