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Krishna district
కృష్ణా జిల్లా
District of Andhra Pradesh
Clockwise from Top left: Kanakadurga Temple on Indrakeeladri, Kondapalli Fort, Buddhist Stupa at Ghantasala, Andhra MahaVishnu Temple at Srikakulam Village, Prakasam Barrage at Vijayawada, Machilipatnam Beach
Clockwise from Top left: Kanakadurga Temple on Indrakeeladri, Kondapalli Fort, Buddhist Stupa at Ghantasala, Andhra MahaVishnu Temple at Srikakulam Village, Prakasam Barrage at Vijayawada, Machilipatnam Beach
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Country India
State Andhra Pradesh
Region Coastal Andhra
Biggest City Vijayawada
Headquarters Machilipatnam
Area
 • Total 8,727 km2 (3,370 sq mi)
Population [1]
 • Total 4,529,009 (2,011 Census)
 • Density 519/km2 (1,340/sq mi)
Languages
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Website krishna.ap.nic.in

Krishna district (Telugu: కృష్ణా జిల్లా) is a district of India's Andhra Pradesh state. It is named after the Krishna River, the third longest river that flows within India, flows through the district and joins Bay of Bengal here in this district. It has a population of 4,529,009, of which 41.00% is urban as of 2011.[1] Krishna district is birthplace for Indian classical dance named kuchipudi.

Machilipatnam is the administrative headquarters for the district. Vijayawada is the biggest city in the district and also the commercial center of the state. The district is bounded to the north-west by Khammam District, to the north-east by West Godavari District, to the south-east by the Bay of Bengal, to the southwest by Guntur District, and to the west by Nalgonda District.

Sunrise at Machilipatnam Beach
Kanaka Durga Temple at Vijayawada
Holy relic Buddhist sites map of Andhra Pradesh

History[edit]

This history of this region dates back to 2nd century BCE.[2]

Satavahana period (230 BC – 227 AD): The Satavahanas ruled this region with headquarters at Srikaakulam. Prominent rulers during this period were Srimukha (founder), Gotamiputra Satakarni and Yajnasri Satakarni (last Satavahana king). The Satavahanas imparted more stability and security to the life of the people of the region for more than four centuries.

Pallavas (340 AD – 500 AD): The Pallava kingdom spread over from Krishna river to Tungabhadra, including Amaravati in the East, Bellary in the West and Kancheepuram in the South with capital cities at venginagar near Ellore and Pithapuram, both in Vengidesa.

Bruhitpalayanas: The contemporaries of pallavas who ruled the district with Koduru as their capital.

Vishnukundinas (5th century AD): The 5th century rulers who excavated cave temples at Mogalrajapuram (now in Vijayawada) and Undavalli, etc.

Eastern chalukyas (615 AD – 1070 AD): The entire Andhra country was under the control of a single ruler under their reign. The Eastern Chalukyas were credited with the excavations of the cave temple at Undavalli and rock cut shrines and Shiva temples.

Cholas: Cholas ruled this region with capital at Rajamahendri . It was during Rajarajanaredra's reign that Nannayya Bhattu translated the Mahabharata into Telugu.

Kakatiyas: They ruled this region up to early 14th century with Orugallu as their capital.

Reddy dynasty : On the downfall of Pratapa Rudra of Kakatiya, the eldest son of Pulaya Vema Reddi found himself independent and established himself in the hill fort of Kondavedu. He also possessed himself of the fortress of Bellamkonda, Vinukonda and Nagarjuna konda in the Palanad. The Kondavidu Reddi’s were great patrons of Telugu literature. The poet Srinadha and his brother-in –law Bammera Pothana flourished at his court. The ruins of fortresses at Kondavidu, Ballamkonda and Kondapalli are still to be seen.

Gajapathis of Odisha: Kapileswara Gajapathi is preserved by the village Kapileswarapuram now in Pamidimukkala mandal. He was succeeded by Vidyadhara Gajapathi who built Vidyadharapuram (now in Vijayawada) and constructed a reservoir at Kondapalli.

Vijayanagara empire: Krishna devaraya of Vijayanagar conquered this region in early 16th century.

Qutb Shahis: In 1512, the Kingdom of Golconda or Hyderabad was founded by one Sultan Quli Qutub Shah. The Kingdom of Golconda included this district within its limits. Abu-l-Hussain Shah was the last of Qutab Shahi dynasty known as Tanisha. He had two ministers, both Brahmins, named Madanna and Akkanna. Popular tradition attributed this preference of Vijayawada to the devotion of the two ministers to the goddess Kanaka Durga.

Nizams: The Emperor Aurangazeb included this district in the province of Golconda, which remained under Asaf jah who was appointed as Subedar or Viceroy of the Deccan in 1713 with the title of Nizam-ul-Mulk. The province of Golconda comprised five Nawabs’ charges viz. Arcot, Cuddapah, Kurnool, Rajahmundry and Chicacole (Srikakulam). The Nawab of Rajahmundry ruled the country induced in the Krishna district.

The English: In the year 1611 the English founded their settlement at Masulipatnam which was their headquarters until they finally moved to Madras in 1641. The Dutch and French also had settlements at Masulipatnam. Upon the death of the old Nizam-ul-Mulk in June 1748 his heirs strove for the succession with the support of the English and the French. When Nizam Ali Khan was proclaimed ruler of Golconda in 1761 the British secured at first the divisions of Masulipatnam, Nizampatnam and part of Kondaveedu and later the entire Circars. At first the district was administered by a chief and council at Masulipatnam but in 1794 Collectors, directly responsible to the Board of Revenue, were appointed at Masulipatnam.

Krishna district with its district headquarters at Machilipatnam was formerly called Machlipatnam District. Later it was renamed as Krishna district after the holy river Krishna, by adding certain Taluks of the abolished Guntur District in 1859 with Machilipatnam with its head. Guntur district was separated from Krishna in 1904. Again in 1925 Krishna district was further divided into Krishna and West Godavari districts. There were no significant further changes in its jurisdiction except some minor changes (in Divi Taluk and Munagala paragana).

Historic places in the district include:

Religiously significant places include:

  • Kanaka Durga Temple
  • Sri Syamalamba Temple, Kaikalur
  • Sri Venkateswara swamy temple, Tirumalagiri
  • Sri Yogananda Lakshmi Narasimha swamy temple, Vedadri
  • Lord Siva Temple, Muktyala
  • Veerammathalli Temple, Vuyyuru
  • Jaladheeswara Swamy Temple,Ghantasala
  • Lakshmi Tirupatamma Temple, Penuganchiprolu
  • Jagannath Swamy Temple
  • Ramalingeswara swamy Temple, Yanamalakuduru
  • Brahmam Gari Jenda in Edupugallu
  • Penuganchiprolu Temple
  • Mopidevi Temple
  • Sri Durga Nageswara Swami Temple, Pedakallepalli
  • Movva Gopala Swami Temple
  • Kondalamma temple, Gudlavalleru
  • Subrahmanyeswara Swamy Temple, Singarayapalem
  • Gollapudi Ayyappaswami Temple
  • Hanuman Temple in Hanuman Junction
  • Gunadala Matha Shrine
  • Maremma Temple, Putrela
  • Sarswathi Devi Temple in Nuzvid
  • Ramalayam in Gadevarigudem
  • Venu Gopala Swami Temple, Nemali
  • Jaggayyapet (Buddhist Stupa)
  • Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple, Bhalive
  • Sobhanachalam Temple, Agiripally
  • Sri Lakshmi Gayatri Devi Temple (105 years old), Telaprolu
  • Panduranga Swamy Temple (machilipatnam)
  • Brahmalingam Chervu, Sri Brahmalingam Swami Temple
  • Sri VenkammaTalli Temple, Ramavarappadu, VJA-Rural

Geography[edit]

The Krishna district occupies an area of 8,727 square kilometres (3,370 sq mi),[3] comparatively equivalent to Corsica.[4] The district is divided into upland and coastal area. Kolleru Lake, one of India's most ecologically significant wetlands, lies partly within the district.

Climate[edit]

The climatic conditions of the district consist of extremely hot summers and moderately hot winters and may be classified as tropical. The period starting from April to June is the hottest. The annual rainfall in the region is about 1028 mm and is contributed to by the Southwest monsoon.

Climate data for Vijayawada (1951-1980)[5]
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30.0
(86)
32.7
(90.9)
35.4
(95.7)
37.4
(99.3)
39.8
(103.6)
37.2
(99)
33.2
(91.8)
32.4
(90.3)
32.6
(90.7)
31.8
(89.2)
30.7
(87.3)
29.6
(85.3)
33.6
(92.5)
Average low °C (°F) 18.7
(65.7)
20.1
(68.2)
22.4
(72.3)
25.5
(77.9)
27.5
(81.5)
27.0
(80.6)
25.4
(77.7)
25.1
(77.2)
25.1
(77.2)
24.0
(75.2)
21.3
(70.3)
19.1
(66.4)
23.4
(74.1)
Precipitation mm (inches) 0.9
(0.035)
5.3
(0.209)
9.6
(0.378)
14.3
(0.563)
51.3
(2.02)
131.9
(5.193)
218.4
(8.598)
185.6
(7.307)
163.5
(6.437)
142
(5.59)
51.3
(2.02)
6.7
(0.264)
998.2
(39.299)
Avg. precipitation days 0.1 0.4 0.5 1.0 3.1 7.6 12.6 11.5 8.8 7.1 2.8 0.6 56.1
Source: India Meteorological Department.[6]

Geology[edit]

Three types of soils viz., Black Cotton (57.6%), Sand clay loams (22.3%) and Red loams (19.4%).

Natural Gas and Crude Oil is found extensively offshore and on the coastal belt of the district Small deposits of Diamonds are available. Limestone is a major mineral extracted in the district. Sand quarrying for construction is extracted from Krishna and Munneru rivers.

  • Chromite: Kondapalli hills and adjoining areas
  • Diamonds: Paritala, Ustepalls, Kondavatikallu, Ramannapet, Suryavaram, Kothapet, Nemalipuram, Mugaluru, Putrela (Famous in rajasthan) etc.
  • Iron Ore: Jaggayyapet area
  • Lime Stone: Jaggayyapet area
  • Mica: Tiruvuru area

Topography[edit]

The main hill range of the district known as Kondapalli runs between Nandigama and Vijayawada with a length of about 24 km. The other important hills are Jammalavoidurgam, Mogalrajapuram and Indrakiladri hills. On the Indrakiladri hills at Vijayawada stands the famous temple of Kanakadurga.

Prakasam Barrage at Vijayawada across Krishna River

The chief rivers of the district are the Krishna (length 1,280 km), Muniyeru (Muneru), the Tammileru and Budameru. Krishna river debouches into the Bay of Bengal at Hamsala Divi and Nachugunta in this district. The district contains small hillstreams viz., Jayanthi, Kattaleru, Ippalavagu, Upputeru, Telleru, Ballaleru, Nadimeyeru. Kolleru, is the large freshwater lake in India. It spans into two districts - Krishna and West Godavari. The lake serves as a natural flood-balancing reservoir for these two rivers.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 census, the Krishna district has a population of 4,529,009,[7] roughly equal to the nation of Croatia[8] or the US state of Louisiana.[9] This gives it a ranking of 34th in India (out of a total of 640) and 4th in its state.[7] The district has a population density of 519 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,340 /sq mi) .[7] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 8.15%.[7] Krishna has a sex ratio of 997 females for every 1000 males,[7] and a literacy rate of 74.37%.[7]

Religion in Krishna
Religion Percent
Hinduism
  
89%
Muslim
  
7%
Christian
  
5%
Distribution of religions

Economy[edit]

The majority of the people in urban areas of Krishna district are engaged in trade and commerce. Agriculture is the most important occupation of the people of the district.

The District hosts many industries. KCP Sugar Factory at Vuyyur is one of the largest sugar plants in India. Vijayawada Thermal Power Station (VTPS) near Ibrahimpatnam is ranked as the No.1 Power generation unit in India for its high performance. Apart from this, many medium Scale Cement factories are there throughout the district. There are many small scale industries like musical instruments at Jaggayyapeta, gold-plated ornaments at Machilipatnam and Kondapalli toys. SIRIS Pharmaceutical Company at Vijayawada is another giant company manufacturing Allopathic medicines. The oldest port in Andhra Pradesh is at Machilipatnam. Bharat Electrical Limited (BEL) located at Machilipatnam and it is owned by the Indian Government & primarily manufactures advanced electronic products for the Indian Armed Forces. BEL is one of the eight PSUs under Ministry of Defence, Government Of India. It has even earned the government's Navratna status.

Household indicators[edit]

In 2007–2008 the International Institute for Population Sciences interviewed 1229 households in 34 villages across the district.[10] They found that 94.7% had access to electricity, 93.4% had drinking water, 60.3% toilet facilities, and 45.5% lived in a pucca (permanent) home.[10] 20.6% of girls wed before the legal age of 18[11] and 76.9% of interviewees carried a BPL card.[10]

Divisions[edit]

The District is divided into four revenue divisions namely Vijayawada, Nuzvid, Machilipatnam, and Gudivada revenue divisions each headed by a sub collector. There are fifty mandals in the district and six municipalities. The municipalities are: Gudivada (CT), Jaggaiahpeta (NP), Machilipatnam (M), Nuzivid (M), Pedana (NP), and Vijayawada (MC).[12]

Mandals[edit]

There are a total of 50 mandals in Krishna district.

Parliamentary divisions[edit]

Krishna district has two parliamentary constituencies Vijayawada and Machilipatnam. In Andhra pradesh assembly Krishna district has 16 constituencies namely Tiruvuru (SC), Nandigama (SC), Mylavaram, Jaggayyapeta, Vijayawada (West), Vijayawada (Central), Vijayawada (East), Penamaluru, Nuzvid, Gannavaram, Pedana, Gudivada, Kaikaluru, Machilipatnam, Avanigadda, Pamarru (SC).

Telugu Desam, YSR Congress, Indian National Congress, Lok Satta, CPI and CPM are the main political parties in the district.

Culture[edit]

The culture of Krishna district is mostly traditional in rural places and moderately modern in Vijayawada. The Telugu Dialect of Krishna district is considered to be standard dialect of Telugu (Krishna Telugu).[citation needed] The Kuchipudi dance form originated from this district.[citation needed]

Flora and fauna[edit]

The district has no forests worth mentioning. The forest occupies only 9% of the total district area. However, it contains Reserved Forest areas in Nandigama, Vijayawada, Tiruvuru, Nuzvid, Gannavaram, Bandar and Divi Taluks. A type of light wood known as ‘Ponuku’ (Gyrocapus Jacquini) is found in the Kondapalli hills. The wood is used for the manufacture of the well known Kondpalli toys. The most noticeable trees are pterocarpus, Terminalia, Anogeissus and Logustroeinai and Casuarina.

Panthers, hyenas, jungle cats, foxes, bears and other carnivorous mammalian fauna are found here. Deer, spotted deer sambar, blackbuck and other herbivorous animals are found in the inland forests. A migrant gray billed pelican is a protected bird in the Kollair lake bordering the Krishna district. The district has a large number of Murrah buffaloes and cows.

The Kolleru Lake was an important habitat for an estimated 20 million resident and migratory birds, including the Grey or Spot-billed Pelican (Pelecanus philippensis). The lake was notified as a wildlife sanctuary in November 1999 under India's Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, and designated a wetland of international importance in November 2002 under the international Ramsar Convention. The wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 308 km².

Transport[edit]

  • The bus complex (PNBS-Pandit Nehru Bus Station) at Vijayawada is second biggest in Asia.
  • The railway station at Vijayawada is the 2nd busiest Junction in Asia. More than 190 trains pass by/originate/terminate at this railway station in a day on an average.
  • Airport is located at Gannavaram which is 16 km north east of Vijayawada connecting the city to Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Rajahmundry, New Delhi.
  • A new deep water port is under construction in Machilipatnam.

Four national highways pass through the district

  • NH-5 Chennai to Kolkata (new no NH-16)
  • NH-9 Pune to Machilipatnam (new no NH-65)
  • NH-221 Vijayawada to Jagdalpur (new no NH-30 Sitarganj (Uttarakhand) to Kondapalli)
  • NH-214 Kathipudi to Pamarru (new no NH-165 Narasapuram to Pamarru)
  • NH-214A Digamarru to Ongole (new no NH-216 Kattipudi to Ongole)

One Asian highway AH-45 (Kolkata to Bangalore) pass through the district

Education[edit]

Vijayawada is one of the main education centers in Andhra Pradesh. NTR University of Health Sciences is located in Vijayawada. Krishna University is located in Machilipatnam. Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies popularly known as International Institute of Information Technology is situated in Nuzvid. School of Planning and Architecture, South Indian Chapter is present in Vijayawada.
It boasts Headquarters of numerous residential colleges and schools like Sri Chaitanya, Nalanda, Gowtham, Sri Krishnaveni, American Medical Education for USMLE Coaching which are amongst the biggest/largest of the Corporate Educational Institutes in India.
District has numerous engineering colleges including Prasad V. Potluri Siddhartha Institute of Technology, Velagapudi Ramakrishna Siddhartha Engineering College, Lakireddy Balireddy Engineering College, Gudlavalleru Engineering College, DMS SVH College of Engineering, Govt Polytechnic Vijayawada (one of the oldest Polytechnic colleges in India), Andhra Loyola College, AANM & VVRSR (Gudlavalleru) Polytechnic College, Mary Stella college, Sidhartha Degree College are few of the many famous arts and science colleges in the district.

Sports[edit]

Kabbadi is the most popular sport followed by cricket, volleyball, badminton, basketball and tennis. Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium in Vijayawada hosts One Day Internationals Cricket matches of India. Famous Hockey player Balram belongs to this District.

Notable people[edit]

Krishna district is reputed for its affiliation with many illuminate of various fields of work. Many well-known personalities are associated with this place either directly (because they were born here) or indirectly (because they work here). Some of them are:

Fine arts and literature:

Social reformers/activists:

  • Pingali Venkayya (పింగళి వెంకయ్య) Designer of Indian National Flag
  • Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (నందమూరి తారకరామారావు) (NTR) Founder of Telugu Desam Party, only Chief Minister from Krishna District.
  • Kasinadhuni Nageswara Rao (కాశీనాథుని నాగేశ్వరరావు) (Andhra Patrika)
  • Mutnuri Krishna Rao (ముట్నూరి కృష్ణారావు పంతులు) (Krishna Patrika)
  • Ayyadevara Kaleswararao (అయ్యదేవర కాళేశ్వరరావు)
  • Puchalapalli Sundaraiah (పుచ్చలపల్లి సుందరయ్య)
  • Vasireddy Balarama KrishNa Mahehswara Prasad (వాసిరెడ్డి బలరామకృష్ణ మహేశ్వర ప్రసాద్) (Activist, fought for Nagarjuna sagar Project)
  • Dr. Bhogaraju Pattabhi Sitaramayya (డా. భోగరాజు పట్టాభి శీతారామయ్య) (Founder of Andhra Bank)
  • Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan - JP (Lok Satta) (డా. జయప్రకాశ్ నారాయణ) President of Loksatta Party
  • Goparaju Ramachandhra Rao (GORA) (గోపరాజు రామచంద్రరావు)
  • Duggirala Gopalakrishnayya (దుగ్గిరాల గోపాలకృష్ణ) Andhra Ratna
  • Annapragada Lakshminarayana (అన్నాప్రగడ లక్ష్మీనారాయణ) (Educationalist)
  • Dr. Ghattamaneni Babu Rao, a renowned philanthropist (డా. ఘట్టమనేని బాబూరావు)

Science and technology:

  • Prof. C. R. Rao F. R. S (కల్యంపూడి రాధాక్రిష్ణారావు) (Distinguished Statistician)
  • Prof. Suri Bhagavantham (ఆచార్య సూరి భగవంతం) (Distinguished Physicist)
  • Prof. Kanuri Lakshmana Rao (డా. కానూరి లక్ష్మణరావు) (Distinguished Engineer)
  • Veluri Venkata Krishna Sastry (వేలూరి వేంకట కృష్ణ శాస్త్రి) (Distinguished archaeologist and historian)
  • Dr. Samaram (డా. సమరం)
  • Dr. Nori Dhattatreyudu (డా. నోరి దత్తాత్రేయుడు) (Reputed Cancer Surgeon)
  • Kakarla Subba Rao

Sports:

Theater/cinema:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Krishna Population Census 2011, Krishna, Andhra Pradesh literacy sex ratio and density". Census 2011, Government of India. Archived from the original on 5 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "District History". Retrieved 2007-01-03. 
  3. ^ Srivastava, Dayawanti et al. (ed.) (2010). "States and Union Territories: Andhra Pradesh: Government". India 2010: A Reference Annual (54th ed.). New Delhi, India: Additional Director General, Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India), Government of India. pp. 1111–1112. ISBN 978-81-230-1617-7. 
  4. ^ "Island Directory Tables: Islands by Land Area". United Nations Environment Program. 1998-02-18. Retrieved 2011-10-11. "Corsica 8,741" 
  5. ^ http://www.imd.gov.in/section/climate/vijayawada2.htm
  6. ^ http://www.imd.gov.in/section/climate/vijaywada2.htm
  7. ^ a b c d e f "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  8. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. "Croatia 4,483,804 July 2011 est." 
  9. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-30. "Louisiana 4,533,372" 
  10. ^ a b c "District Level Household and Facility Survey (DLHS-3), 2007-08: India. Andhra Prades" (PDF). International Institute for Population Sciences and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  11. ^ "How Do I? : Obtain Marriage Certificate". National Portal Content Management Team, National Informatics Centre. 2005. Retrieved 2011-10-03. "To be eligible for marriage, the minimum age limit is 21 for males and 18 for females." 
  12. ^ "Andhra Pradesh Municipal Uniform Budget and Accounts Code". Hyderabad: Center for Good Governance (CGG). February 2008. p. 17. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. 

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