By Shalini M
Every city in the world tells the story of its history. The richness of the story lies in how well the city has preserved its glorious past. The district of Anantapur has a beautiful history of rich religious heritage and architecturally appealing temples that attracts tourists, historians, nature lovers and worshipers from across the world. Here is a brief history of the great city of Anantapur along with the description of some of the top tourist attractions.
History of Anantapur
The city of Anantapur is located in the southwestern& Andhra Pradesh state of southern India. The city lies on the main road between& Hyderabad, the Telangana state and Bengaluru. The name of Anantapur is derived from Ananda. This was the name of the wife of the diwan who built the city.
According to the history books, the head of the Hande family received Anantapur as a gift from the then king of the Vijayanagara Kingdom. Afterwards, the region was governed by the Qutub Shahis, then the Mughals, and then the Nawabs belonging to Cuddapah. In the end, the Nizams gave over the control of the region to the East India Company after making a treaty with them.
Towards the south of the city lies the main campus of Sri Krishnadevaraya University. The city of Anantapur also has other well-known colleges of science, arts, and engineering. The International Society for Krishna & Consciousness & Temple is also in Anantapur.
The city of Anantapur is known worldwide for the best handmade pure silk sarees. There are many silk related industries situated in the region. And the majority of the local population is supported by these industries. The city of Anantapur is a major hub for Silk trade.
Tourist attractions in Anantapur
The city of Anantapur is famous for its ancient temples and forts, exquisite silk sarees and the local cuisine. The best time to visit the area is between the months of November and February. The top tourist attraction of Anantapur city is the Ahobilam Temple. It is a beautiful temple complex, with temples of Chenchu Lakshmi Devi and Adi Lakshmi Devi inside.
Another top attraction of the city is the beautiful Iskcon Temple of Anantapur. The temple is built in the shape of a horse drawn chariot, and it is only 4km outside the city.
A must-visit spot for tourists is the glorious Anantapur Clock Tower. This is the landmark of the city. The tower stands tall in the middle of the road. It was built during the early days of India’s freedom and serves as a reminder of that time. One of the main attractions of Anantapur is the Penukonda Fort. It is located nearly 70-km from the main city of Anantapur. The name of the fort comes from the word Penukonda, which means “big hill”.