Jaggayyapeta town from the Buddhist stupa site
|• Body||Jaggaiahpeta Municipality|
|• Member of Legislative Assembly||Raja Gopalam Sreeram (Tataiah)|
|• Member of Parliament||Kesineni Srinivas (Nani)|
|• Total||23.50 km2 (9.07 sq mi)|
|Elevation||55 m (180 ft)|
|• Density||2,300/km2 (5,900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Vijayawada|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Jaggaiahpeta|
Jaggayyapeta is a census town in Krishna district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is also the mandal headquarters of Jaggayyapeta mandal of Vijayawada revenue division. The town is located on the banks of the Paleru River which is a tributary of the Krishna River.
Jaggaiahpeta was governed by a ruler, by name Sri Rajah Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu. It is said that he founded two towns, namely, Jaggayyapeta, named after his father Jaggayya, and Achampeta, named after his mother Atchamma.
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Government records suggest the founder of the town was Venkatadri Nayudu, who developed and renamed the village of Betavolu to Jaggayyapeta. The region was then infested with robbers and hence the old village was called Dongala Betavolu (Robbers' Betavolu). For some time, Jaggayyapeta was mentioned in Government records with Betavolu written in brackets.
This region has an ancient history, the innocent-looking mound 'Dhanam Bodu', lying east of Jaggayyapeta, has in it the remains of an ancient stupa, which has been lying there for 2,000 years.
Jaggayyapeta became a municipality in 1987 and Sreeram Badari Narayanarao was elected as 1st municipal chairman.
The Archaeological excavation around the town of Jaggayyapeta has found Buddhist stupa of 200 BC. Many sculptures and scriptures of Neolithic, Megalithic and medieval periods are also found around the town.
Jaggayyapeta is located on NH 9, which connects Pune and Machilipatnam. APSRTC operates buses from Jaggayyapeta bus station which also has a bus depot. The town has a total road length of 109.00 km (67.73 mi).
The primary and secondary school education is imparted by government, aided and private schools, under the School Education Department of the state. The medium of instruction followed by different schools are English, Telugu.
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