Koti Lingala

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Kotilingala in Karimnagar, Telangana situated at the confluence of Peddavagu and Godavari river was the capital of Assakajanapada, considered one of the 16 great janapadas of early India.[1] It is located on the bank of the Godavari River, and has a traditional Shiva temple for Hindus, the Sundareshwara Swamy Temple.

The State government has decided to construct a protection wall along the shores of river Godavari to protect the site from submergence under the backwaters of the Sripada Yellampalli project.[2] [3] There were transportation facilities to the towns located on the bank of the river Godavari such as Mancherial, Karimnagar.


History of the town was excavated and documented by Veluri Venkata Krishna of Krishna District. He is titled as Father of Nizam Telugu region's history by Namasthe Telangana newspaper. He is credited with excavating the History of Karimnagar, Medak, RR District, Nalgonda, Khammam, Adilabad and Warangal in Nizam region. Excavations revealed vestiges of an ancient city, monastic and non-monastic buildings, structures, a large quantity of ceramic ware, coins belonging to Satavahana period, Gobhada and Samagopa. It is believed that the place is the site of hermitage of sage Bhavari.[4] Several coins of Simukha, the founder of the Satavahana dynasty, and those of other early rulers like Kanha and Satakarni I were found.[5] Kotilingala had a mud fort with several gates and running 1054 metres long and 330 metres wide. A watch tower located in the south-eastern corner measures 11.5 * 10.55 mtrs. Finds recovered from here are coins of Siri Satakarni of 2nd century BC.[6]


  1. ^ "Antiquities unearthed at Kotilingala". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Special Correspondent (11 September 2014). "Protection wall for Koti Lingala temple". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Koti Lingala on the verge of Submergence". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Buddhism and Modern Society, ed. by Y. S. Rao and G.B. Naik, Deep & Deep Publications; 2008, p. 293
  5. ^ Indian History, Krishna Reddy; Tata-McGraw Hill Education, New Delhi, 2011. p. A-250
  6. ^ Material culture of Deccan: with special reference to Satavahana-Ikshvaku period, B.S. R. Babu, Agam Kala Prakashan, Hyderabad, 1999; p. 42

Coordinates: 18°51′41″N 79°11′47″E / 18.861255°N 79.196488°E / 18.861255; 79.196488