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Guntur History, India

Guntur is not so famous and is slowly gaining fame due to the growing modernization. Guntur isn’t that important when it comes to historical culture of India but that doesn’t mean that the city is lacks historical contributions. Bay of Bengal is around 40 miles from the city of Guntur and there are many water bodies (all somehow related to Krishna River) in and around Guntur. This city is also famous for numerous deltas, which are found on the coastline of Guntur.

Pratipalapura’s Kingdom is documented to be the first known kingdom in historical North India. It used to exist somewhere during the years of 500 BCE. The Idern plates from the times of Ammaraja I (between the years of 922 CE and 929 CE) and his kingdom. Two more inscriptions found in and around the area of Guntur date back to 1147 and 1158 CE. Both these inscriptions also leave a proof of the existence of Guntur during those years. Guntur was famous by the name of Garthapuri which is a Sanskrit word that means a region that is surrounded by ponds. The word “garta” refers to water ponds.

The very old Lord Siva temple in the old city of Guntur is famous by the name of Agasthyeswara Sivalayam. This temple dates back to around 1100 CE and has a huge tree in its backyard which is said to be many years old. This temple happens to be another proof that people used to live in and around the city of Guntur during those early years. Agastya is believed to have built this huge monument and Nagals are considered to be the ones who ruled Guntur during those days.

Until 1788, the region of Guntur was under the control of Nizams. Guntur was later on ruled by France and then British in the same sequence. Later on after the independence of India the region went under the control of Independent India.

The original habitation of Guntur is now known by the name of Old city of Guntur. The new section in the North has developed largely in last fifty years and this is famous by the name of New City of Guntur. This new city has a radius of around 6 miles. It is one of the fastest growing regions in the area.

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