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Seshagiri rao Vuppu2.5/5

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Anantapur, now & then!

Anantapur then : Anantapur a small town in Andhra pradesh in a region called lovingly by the natives as 'Rayala Seema' the Royal country. It is the place I was educated from 5th. Class to Bachelor of Engineering. My thirteen long years of life were spent here as a boy and an young man. ( 1950 to 1963). This was a small town of no consequence to anybody except to students (Arts college, Engineering College, Polytechnic college, Govt. Multi purpose high school, Private schools of repute, police training college etc). This was an educational destination for all Rayalaseema area. Apart from this there was nothing to show towards agriculture or industry or business or tourism or pilgrimage.

There was factionalism alright as was indigenous to all Rayala seema districts. Faction fights, faction murders etc, were happening but these were largely limited to the neighbouring villages and did not affect the town life.

It had an Old town and a new town. Old town cluttered and with narrow lanes. New town neatly laid out with wide parallel roads and cross roads( British Influence?? ). This district was once gifted to the British by the Nizam as a payment for their army's protection for his kingdom, AS a matter of fact the origin of factionalism in the British ceded Districts is because of the then Britishers' policy of collecting Royalty from the local warlords in the villages and leaving all administration including policing, law and order to these unscrupulous war lords who were always fighting among themselves for one up man ship thus resorting to murders and fights.

The town had students and their families, teachers and their families, Govt employees and their families, plenty of book Stalls, a great big library. The library had three bulky volumes of Havelock Ellis' Psychology of Sex, Maxim Gorky novels, Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, somerset Maugham novels, Earl Stanley Gardner's detective fiction, Guy de mauppassant, Thomas hardy, Oscar Wilde, Pigmallion of GB Shaw and what not. For entertainment it had two cinema halls. Which were regularly showing English

Films as Matinee shows. We saw Audry Hepburn in 'War and peace', Maryllin Munroe in :Seven year Itch, Ben Hur, The Robe, Dimitrius and the Gladiators, To hell and Back of Audy Murphy, Picnic, An Invitation to Dance etc, all memorable films. In fact it was an elitist town.

Anantapur now: I visited Anantapur after a long gap. It has completely lost its elitist charm. In the great quest for conveniences and facilities of urban life, almost all have migrated to Anantapur leaving their unproductive villages. In the process it has lost its identity and has become a overcrowded commercial hub, with unsightly roadside shops, dirty roads, unregulated traffic, thousands of motor vehicles, ugly flyovers and beggars underneath,

The once peaceful colleges have become universities and in the process have given rise to undisciplined demonstrations, political interference, and consequent loss of quality of education. The irrigation tank got constructed by 'Bukkarayalu of Krishnadevaraya Dynasty' has now gone dry because all its water sources are blocked and buildings have come up on them. This tank has now become open lavatory.

This is Anantapur, an old man's dream town gone bad.

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Rama Krishna2.9/5

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An awesome historic place to go!

It is said be living place of Tippu sultan. There are 101 wells on this hill. There is a well where cold water available at any season. And also many building that represents our ancient history. You can visit it once. I went with my friends and we enjoyed a lot.

I am heading to Anantapur

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Anantapur Overview

The district of Anantapur is located in the western part of Andhra Pradesh. This region is also known by the name of Anantapuram and was earlier known as ‘Anantasagaram’, which means an ‘endless ocean’. It got this name because of the huge tank present at the centre.

The district covers a land area of 19, 130 square km, which also makes it the largest district in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Anantapur is surrounded by Kurnool on the northern side, while on the eastern part are Cuddapah and Chittoor both. On the south-western part, it is bordered by Karnataka.

The region of Anantapur is a blend of modernisation and preserved ancient history in the form of ancient forts and pilgrimage spots. Anantapur is known for its silk industries and modern mills. Apart from the modern silk industries, handicrafts are a major source of revenue. There are many agro-based industries in Anantapur that deal in rice, jowar, cotton, chillies and sugarcane.

The minister of Bukka-I, Chilkavodeya, constructed both the villages of Bukkarayasamundaram and Anantasagaram. The region of Anantapur came under the rule of Tipu Sultan, who assassinated all the male members of the Siddappa family except the head who escaped. This region later on was handed off to the Nizam and later on to the British Empire after the Nizam left.

There are several villages in Anantapur where annual fairs and weekly festivals are held. All these festivals and fares are held at the religious centres of the villages especially temples. Most of the festivals are visited by devotees in large groups. The popular festivals and fairs celebrated here are Durgamma Festival, Sambhulingeswara Kalyanotsavam and Kotappakonda Temple Fair.

Some of the well known places in Anantapur include Puttarparthi, which is considered the place of reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba. Thimmamma Marimanu is also one of the popular places visited by tourists throughout the year. The speciality of this place is the 500-year-old huge banyan tree that has a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records. Penna Ahobilam, located near Anantapur, is known for the Lord Narasimha Swamy Temple. The other places of tourist interest include Ravadurg Gooty and the Penukonda Fort.