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Vijayawada: Commercial capital of Andhra Pradesh

Vijayawada is a city on the banks of Krishna River, in Krishna district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the twelve urban local bodies in the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region. The city is the second largest city in the state by population and third, most densely populated urban built-up areas in the world.
 Indrakeeladri

There are many legends behind the origin of the name Vijayawada. Goddess Durga killed Mahishasura and relaxed at this place. As she was victorious, the place came to be known as Vijayawada The hill was called Indrekeeladri since it was frequently visited by Indra and his affiliates. The epic Mahabharata refers to the Indrakiladri hills as the place where Arjuna secured Pashupatastra from Lord Shiva. The city thereafter came to be known as Vijayavatika and later as Vijayawada.

History:

Bezawada was founded around 626 A.D. by Paricchedi Kings. Vijayawada history reveals that Bezawadawas ruled by King Madhava Varma.
 Prakasham Barrage

At the foot of Indrakeeladri hills is the temple of Malleswara. The temple has inscriptions dating back to 9th century AD to 16th century AD by various kings. There are ten pillars and a mutilated slab with inscriptions in the Telugu language. Of them, the inscriptions issued by Yudhamalla I and II of Eastern Chalukyas are important.

The city has many landmarks which include, Prakasham Barrage across the Krishna river Krishnaveni Mandapam depicting the history of Krishna river and a nearby idol of the river known as, Krishnaveni statue; Gandhi Hill, the first Gandhi Memorial in the country, located at an elevation of 500 ft on the on a hill; Bhavani Island, one of the largest river island amidst Krishna River.