Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu

Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu

Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu

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Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu (1783–1816) was the last king of the Vasireddy Clan that ruled parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh from 1413 until the advent of the British. He was popularly known as the first king who revolted against British in India. The original seat of power was Chintapalli in present-day Krishna district. Venkatadri Nayudu shifted his capital to Dharanikota/Amaravati across the Krishna river in Guntur district. He was most famous for his benign rule, patronage of the arts and literature, and as a builder of numerous temples in the Krishna river delta. He renovated the ancient temples at Amaravati, Chebrolu, Mangalagiri, and Ponnuru.

Nayudu kept a retinue of several thousand men, 300 horses, 80 elephants, 50 camels and uncounted bullock carts. The magnificence of his palaces at Amaravati, Chebrolu, Chintapalli and his town-house in Guntur became subjects of folklore. He built temples and repaired the lofty gopuram (Temple gate) at Mangalagiri. Over a hundred richly gilt brass pillars, over 30 feet high were erected in his name at various shrines. He fed daily hundreds of Purohits. Often he distributed shawls, gold and jewels among learned sadhus. The sums he spent on festivals, sacrifices, fire offerings and marriages became legendary. Several times, he divided his own weight on gold or silver among Brahmans. Colin...
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