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Rajahmundry () is a city and municipal corporation of the Andhra Pradesh state (its sixth-largest city) in ]. It is located east of the state capital, Hyderabad, on the banks of the River Godavari. Known as the Cultural Capital, Rajahmundry is noted for its intense Veda culture and intellect. The city's population is 813,347 and that of the urban agglomeration is 968,341 (2009 estimates).


The city's origins can be traced back to the rule of the Chalukya king Rajaraja Narendra around 1022 (so its name Rajamahendri or Rajamahendravaram). Remains of 11th century palaces and fort walls still exist. However, new archeological evidence suggests the town may have existed much before the Chalukyas. Rajamhendravaram gradually turned into Rajahmundry during the rule of the British, for whom the city was the headquarters of the Godavari district. When the district was split into east and west, Rajahmundry became the headquarters of West Godavari, subsequently, Kakinada --a well-known port city-- became the headquarters of East Godavari.

Rajahmundry is the acclaimed birthplace of Yasaswi the Great and the sweet Telugu language -- its grammar and script evolving from the pen of the city-born poet, Nannayya. Known also called 'Adi Kavi' (the first poet) of Telugu, Nannayya along with Tikkana and Yerrana, translated the Sanskrit version of Mahabharata into Telugu. Kandukuri Veeresalingam --a social reformer and the...
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