Karvetinagar

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Karvetinagar
Village
Karvetinagar is located in Andhra Pradesh
Karvetinagar
Karvetinagar
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 13°25′00″N 79°27′00″E / 13.4167°N 79.4500°E / 13.4167; 79.4500Coordinates: 13°25′00″N 79°27′00″E / 13.4167°N 79.4500°E / 13.4167; 79.4500
Country India
State Andhra Pradesh
District Chittoor
Mandal Karvetinagar
Elevation 252 m (827 ft)
Languages
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Karvetinagar is a village in Chittoor district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is the headquarters of Karvetinagar mandal.[1] The town is known for Venugopalaswamy Temple, that was constructed during the reign of Venkataraja dynasty.

Geography[edit]

Karvetinagar is located at 13°25′00″N 79°27′00″E / 13.4167°N 79.4500°E / 13.4167; 79.4500.[2] It has an average elevation of 252 meters.

Connectivity[edit]

The nearest railway station is Puttur (11 kilometres (6.8 mi) distant) in Andhra Pradesh. Some express trains stop here. Frequent buses run from Puttur to Chittoor via Karvetinagar or from Pallipattu (8 kilometres (5.0 mi)) in Tamil Nadu. The nearest international airport is at Chennai (115 km), and Renigunta (Tirupati) (45 km) away.

History[edit]

Karvetinagar was a former zamindar, most prominent during the Vijayanagara Empire. The Bommaraju family trace their origins back to an ancestor who migrated from the Pithapuram area of the Godavari Delta in the 8th or 9th century. One ancestor obtained the favor of the Eastern Chalukya king Vimala Aditya, and Saluva Narasa was appointed the chief of the country around Tirupati, where he founded his capital called Narayanavanam. The rulers later built their new capital, Nagaram, here by clearing the forest. Narasa was granted permission by his patron to use the royal seal and boar-signet of the Chalukyas, a proud distinction still kept up. At one point Saluva Venkatapati was deposed by the Cholas, but Saluva Bhima recovered their territory. Saluva Narsimha assisted a Keralan king named Kirti Varman and assumed independence, ruling for 36 years. Saluva Bhujanga was defeated and became a feudal of Western Chalukya king Someswara and was taken prisoner to Kalyan, where he died. Subsequent descendants recovered the estate, and in 1230 AD a part of the estate was taken over by Raja Raja Chola the second, of the Chola dynasty. During the next four generations, as the power of the Cholas declined, the fortunes of the Karvetinagar family rose, the family became feudatories of Vijayanagar, and had marriage alliances with the Saluva and loyalties to the Aravidu dynasty over the next two hundred years. Around the 16th century the family changed their name to the current Bommaraju, retaining Saluva as a title. After Bommaraju, prominent among their dynasty are Raja Kumara Venkataperumal Raja Shadur, last ruler of the erstwhile zamindar of Karvetinagar in 1940. After his death his brother Raja Kumara Kumaraswamy Raja was confirmed with the rajah title and became the First M.L.A of Puttur. He donated Lashmi Mahal Palace for use as a Government High School, at present a junior college and degree college located in the same palace premises. He died without issue in 1952. After his death his co-brother Raja Kumara Srinivasa Varma Son Raja Kumara Venkataperumal Raju, alias Raja Kumara Janardhana Varma, was confirmed raja by the then presidency of the Madras Government. As a holder of the rajah title he was honoured by the temple's management of constructed karvetinagar rajahas, like Tiruttani and Narayanavanam, Appalaya gunta temples etc. during his lifetime. He died in the 2008. He has two sons, Raja Kumara Bramha Raja Varma (alias Srikanth Varma) and Raja Kumara Harsha Vardhana Varma, at present residing at Karvetinagaram.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chittoor District Mandals" (PDF). Census of India. pp. 484, 516. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Falling Rain Genomics.Pachikapalam