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|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
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India (officially from 2nd June 2014)
|• Total||8,727 km2 (3,370 sq mi)|
|• Total||4,529,009 (2,011)|
|• Density||519/km2 (1,340/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Krishna district is a district in the Coastal Andhra region of Andhra Pradesh, India. Machilipatnam is the administrative headquarters and Vijayawada is the biggest city in the district. As of 2011[update] Census, the district had a population of 4,529,009, of which 41.00% is urban and a literacy rate of 74.37%. Guntur district was separated from Krishna in 1904 to form Krishna district which was further divided in 1925, to Krishna and West Godavari districts.
Krishna district, with its district headquarters at Machilipatnam was formerly called Machlipatnam District. Later it was renamed as Krishna district, by adding certain Taluks of the abolished Guntur District in 1859 with Machilipatnam with its head. It was named after the Krishna River, the third longest river in India. The river flows through the state of Andhra Pradesh before it empties itself into Bay of Bengal, near Hamsaladevi village of Krishna district.
This history of this region dates back to 2nd century BCE. The area was ruled by the Satavahanas (230 BC – 227 AD); Pallavas (340 AD – 500 AD), Chalukyas (615 AD – 1070 AD) and later by Cholas, Kakatiyas and Reddy dynasty.
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. Pallava Kingdom (340 AD – 500 AD), 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), are 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 ruled this region with capital at Rajamahendri . It was during Rajarajanaredra's reign that Nannayya Bhattu translated the Mahabharata into Telugu. Kakatiyas, 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. Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara empire conquered this region in early 16th century. Qutb Shahis, in 1512, the Kingdom of Golconda 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 British: 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.
The Krishna District is in the eastern coast of the state bordering West Godavari district in the East, Bay of Bengal in the South, Guntur and Nalgonda district of Telangana in the West and Khammam district of Telangana in the Northern direction. The Krishna district occupies an area of 8,727 square kilometres (3,370 sq mi), comparatively equivalent to Corsica. The district is divided into upland and delta area.
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. Three types of soils viz., Black Cotton (57.6%), Sand clay loams (22.3%) and Red loams (19.4%).
|Climate data for Vijayawada (1951-1980)|
|Average high °C (°F)||30.0
|Average low °C (°F)||18.7
|Precipitation mm (inches)||0.9
|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.|
The main hill range of the district known as Kondapalli runs between Nandigama and Vijayawada with a length of about 24 km. The other smaller hill ranges are Jammalavoidurgam, Mogalrajapuram and Indrakiladri hills. The coastal belt consists of fertile plains in the Krishna delta region with major perennial Krishna river flowing through the district. The Krishna River built up its delta, south of Vijayawada. It flows southwards up to Avanigadda, where it bifurcates into two channels, the main channel continue to flow southwards upto its confluence with the sea near Nagayalanka and the branch at Avanigadda flows eastwards upto its confluence with the sea near Hamsaladeevi.
Muneru, Tammileru, Budameru are other smaller rivulets. 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. The soil in the district is mainly black cotton (58%), clay loamy ( 23%) and red loam ( 19%)
Flora and fauna
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. The district has a large number of Murrah buffaloes and cows. The Kolleru Lake is 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 Wildlife Protection Act of India, 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.
According to the 2011 census, the Krishna district has a population of 4,529,009, roughly equal to the nation of Croatia or the US state of Louisiana. This gives it a ranking of 34th in India (out of a total of 640) and 4th in its state. The district has a population density of 519 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,340 /sq mi) . Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 8.15%. Krishna has a sex ratio of 997 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 74.37%.
Household indicators In 2007–2008 the International Institute for Population Sciences interviewed 1229 households in 34 villages across the district. 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. 20.6% of girls wed before the legal age of 18 and 76.9% of interviewees carried a BPL card.
The majority of the people in urban areas of Krishna district are engaged in trade and commerce. Agriculture is the main occupation of the district. There are many large scale industries like sugar, cement and many small scale include musical instruments making, gold-plated ornaments and Kondapalli Toys.
The district has rich variety of soils and agriculture is the most important occupation with Paddy as the main food crop produced.
The Eastern Ghats comprises Khondalite and Charnockite in the central part of the upland area. The Khondalite Group of rocks are seen as prominent hill ranges (strike ridges) south of Vijayawada, extending towards north and northeast. They consist of quartz, k-feldspar, garnet sillimanite, graphite, with or without corundum. In the northeastern part, a number of calc granulite and quartzite bands are present, within khondalite.
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. Different types of minerals found in the area are Chromite, Diamonds, Iron Ore, Lime Stone, Mica etc.
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).
The list of 50 mandals in Krishna district are:
- Vijayawada (R)
- Vijayawada (U)
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, Bharatiya Janata Party, Lok Satta, CPI and CPM are the main political parties in the district.
The culture of Krishna district is mostly traditional in rural places and moderately modern in Vijayawada. It is also famous as the birthplace for Indian classical dance named kuchipudi and the culture with the dialect of Telugu spoken in Krishna is widely considered to be the standard form of Telugu.
Vijayawada, the major city in Krishna district has an important railway junction in the country. The largest bus terminus in the state is also located in Vijayawada, named as Pandit Nehru Bus station. Airport located at Gannavaram, 16 km north east of Vijayawada is one of the three domestic airport in the state. A new deep water port is under construction in Machilipatnam.
Four national highways pass through the district namely NH 5 from Chennai to Kolkata, NH 9 from Pune to Machilipatnam, NH 221 from Vijayawada to Jagdalpur, NH 214 Kathipudi to Pamarru, NH 214A Digamarru to Ongole.
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.
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.
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.
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
There are many notable people in the fine arts and literacture field such as Siddhendra Yogi (Architect of Kuchipudi), Mahakavi Kshetrayya, Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Gudipati Venkatachalam, Nanduri Venkata Subba Rao (Yenki paatalu), Dr. Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna, Satyam Sankaramanchi (Amaravati Kathalu), Veturi Sundararama Murthy, Vempati Chinna Satyam (promoter of Kuchipudi Dance), Jaladi Raja Rao (Lyricist)
Notable social reformers are Pingali Venkayya (designer of Indian National Flag), Kasinadhuni Nageswara Rao (Andhra Patrika), Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan) (president of Loksatta Party), Duggirala Gopalakrishnayya Andhra Ratna etc.
Sports and Cinema
Some of the persons who contributed to science and technology are Prof. C. R. Rao (Statistician), Prof. Kanuri Lakshmana Rao (Engineer), Veluri Venkata Krishna Sastry (archaeologist and historian), Kakarla Subba Rao etc. The sports contributors include C.K Nayudu (Cricketer), Dandamudi Rajagopal (Wrestling), Koneru Humpy (Chess), Chetan Anand (badminton) etc. There are many notable artists in the cinema industry, some of the include Raghupathi Venkaiah Naidu, Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, S. V. Ranga Rao, Savitri (actress), Nirmalamma, Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao, Jandhyala Subramanya Sastry, Veturi Sundararama Murthy, Sobhan Babu, Gadde Rajendra Prasad, Chandra Mohan, Suthivelu, Suthi Veerabhadra Rao, Nutan Prasad, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Ramoji Rao Cherukuri, Kaikala Satyanarayana, Mani Sharma etc
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