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Krishnadevaraya victory pillar re-installed

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Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandeswari appreciating sculpture on the Victory Pillar of Sri Krishnadevaraya at Potnuru in Padmanabham mandal of Visakhapatnam district on Saturday. District Collector J. Syamala Rao, Bhimili MLA M. Srinivasa Rao are also seen.
Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandeswari appreciating sculpture on the Victory Pillar of Sri Krishnadevaraya at Potnuru in Padmanabham mandal of Visakhapatnam district on Saturday. District Collector J. Syamala Rao, Bhimili MLA M. Srinivasa Rao are also seen.

Celebrations commemorating the 500 {+t} {+h} year of coronation of Sri Krishnadevaraya concluded on Saturday in Visakhapatnam district with the reinstallation of the ‘Victory Pillar' originally set up in 1516 A.D.

Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Daggubati Purandeswari formally opened a pylon to mark the occasion and unveiled the re-installed sculpted rock pillar (5-feet high) on a swanky granite pedestal. The District Administration in association with Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority is developing a park around the pillar on the slopes of Nookamma Cheruvu, a large irrigation pond, where the pillar was found.

The pillar set up here, by Kondamma Narasaiah on behalf of Sri Krishnadevaraya after the king established his rule in 1516 at the once provincial capital of Dakshina Kalinga, has been given a place of pride and better visibility to encourage tourism. The Visakhapatnam MP advised the District Administration to take all steps to make this place a major tourist attraction.

Students from Bhagavatula Charitable Trust presented traditional art forms like Tappettagulllu, Chakka Bhajana, Dappu Vadyam, and Kolatam, at the venue. A large number of people from surrounding villages gathered to have a look at the new-look victory pillar and to listen to the Union Minister. “Krishnadevaraya gave a lot of importance to Telugu language during his times though it was not his mother tongue,” she observed.

Telugu language prevailed for more than 1,500 years and there was evidence of the use of Telugu lipi during the Satavahana period, she explained. She also promised to get a good drinking water scheme for the village and RTC bus connectivity for the village from Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram, on a request from the Bhimili MLA M. Srinivasa Rao.

The Joint Collector S. Satyanarayana and Assistant Director Archaeology K. Chittibabu were also present on the occasion.


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