|Elevation||57 m (187 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Area code(s)||+91-8671-XXX XXX|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Machilipatnam|
Avanigadda (Telugu: అవనిగడ్డ) is a town and a mandal in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, India located about 80 km away from Vijayawada. The population of the town was around 40,845. The town is famous for its Mango crop, especially the banginapalli variety only after to Nuzvid.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Economy
- 3 Education
- 4 Sports
- 5 Weather
- 6 Main Sights
- 7 Transportation
- 8 Politics
- 9 Notable personalities
- 10 References
Most of people in the village are farmers who specialize in either agriculture or aquaculture.
Most of the land is fertile because of canal systems of Krishna River. Farmers here grow rice, sugar cane, and mango crops.
During 1990's there was a sudden increase in aquaculture boosted by foreign exports, which has subsequently declined for many reasons, such as trading, viruses, and damaged ecosystems caused by agriculture. Now Avanigadda has a private shrimp feeding factory named "East Coast", which was started in the 1990s.
Avanigadda is home to government, junior, degree, and polytechnic colleges, thus attracting all the students from surrounding villages here for studying. For the last decade, Avanigadda became famous for teacher training entrance exams (TTC,B.Ed,D.Sc) because of the coaching centres.
- Govt. Degree College
- Govt. Junior College
- Diviseema Polytechnic college
- SVL Junior College
- SVL Degree College
- AVR Degree College
- Sri Gadde Venkata Satyanarayana Sisuvidya Mandiram
- Pragathi Public School
- Vidya vikas e.m school
- Sri Chaitanya Techno School
- Little Star public school
- NRI's Indian Springs (E.M) High school
- Narayana techno schools
- St.Ann's (E.M)School
- Pragathi for DSC Entrance
- Vidya Nikethan
Cricket, volleyball and Shuttle Badminton are the most popular sports. Many Sportsmen from Avanigadda represented District and State level competitions in athletics, kabaddi and volleyball.
|Climate data for Avanigadda|
|Average high °C (°F)||29.2
|Average low °C (°F)||20.1
|Rainfall mm (inches)||12.2
Being an island surrounded by the Bay of Bengal, Avanigadda and surrounding villages of Koduru, Nagayalanka are in danger of cyclones and floods. During the floods Avanigadda is always isolated from outside world. With the construction of Puligadda-Penumudi bridge, the chances of becoming isolated are reduced. Even today the villages near coastal line are effected during floods and villagers are moved to secure places in Avanigadda in the event of floods and cyclones.
Main article 1977 Andhra Pradesh cyclone Even thought floods are cyclones are common for villages near Avanigadda 1977,November 16 cyclone has left severe damage to the region making it one of the nightmares of nature. The Bad day of the People of Diviseema which claimed around 20,000 lives because of strong winds and sea waves of 6m length.The following is a short clip form a Nov 23rd, 1977 newspaper article in the US (Galveston Daily News) "... tidal wave that followed washed away 21 villages and left 10,000 persons dead along India's battered southeast coast, officials reported Tuesday. Another 100,000 persons were reported left homeless by the weekend storm the worst to hit eastern India in more than a century. ANDHRA Pradesh State Revenue Minister P. Narasa Reddy said 10,000 bodies had been counted and at least 21 villages were completely washed away in the tidal wave that followed the cyclone. Reddy said the storm dumped up to 10 inches of rain in eight hours in some areas...."
Temples and Festivals
Avanigadda has a famous temple of Sri Addanki Nancharamma Temple at Viswanadhapalli and Sri Lakshmi Narayana Swamy. Sri Lakshmi Narayana Swamy is maintained by the "Potharaju" family members and periodic festivities are organized. It has a 7 storied "gali gopuram" and the temple architecture is ancient and magnificent.This is one of the "PANCHA NARAYANA KSHETRAMS" LOCATED in Andhrapadesh. This temple follows the "VAIKHANASA AGAMA" PUJA VIDHNAM.
Avanigadda is house of the local deity known as LANKAMMA.She is considered as powerful grama devatha for the residents of surrounding places. A big festival will be organised every year during the Pournami(Full moon day)of Chaitra month, in the name of goddess.People from local regions visit the temple for her blessings.This festival is one of the biggest people gathering events in the locality.
- Sri Rajashekaraswami temple
- Sri Lakshmi Narayana swami temple.
- Gandhi Kshetram(Telugu: గాంధీ క్షేత్రం)
- Avanigadda can be reached via bus from Vijayawada (80 km)
- Avanigadda can be reached via bus from Machilipatnam(36 km)
- Avanigadda can be reached via bus from Repalle(11 km)
Politics in Avanigadda are always interesting. Starting from 1960s, the Congress Party had the upperhand, but soon with the entry of Telugu Desam (1983) the scenario changed and it came under Telugu Desam (TDP). It was in 1999 again the congress won, mainly because of division between TDP local Leaders. In 2004 also it was the same case in TDP and again Congress won easily. There are also large number of supporters for Megastar's Party.
Elected members of Avanigadda since 1952
|2014||Mandali Buddha Prasad||T.D.P||5958|
|2013||Ambati Srihari Prasad||T.D.P||61,644|
|2004||Mandali Buddha Prasad||Congress||52369|
|1999||Mandali Buddha Prasad||Congress||41919|
|1967||Y. Sivaram prasad||Congress||24318|
|1962||Y. Sivaram prasad||Congress||29304|
Current political Leaders
|Mandali Buddha Prasad||TDP||current MLA|
|Kantamneni Ravi Shankar||Independent||TeluguOne Foundation|
- Kantamneni Ravi Shankar|TeluguOne Foundation
- Mandali Venkata Krishna rao
- Simhadri Satyannarayana
- Ambati Brahmanaiah
- Mandali Buddha Prasad
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