Rajahmundry: It is situated on the
left bank of the river Godavari in East Godavari district. It has a hoary past and
is said to have been constructed by the Eastern Chalukya ruler Rajaraja Narendra
in A.D. 1022. The town has some traces of fine palaces, fort walls, etc., of the
11th century A.D. Nannaya, the poet laureate, who was called 'Adi Kavi' belonged
to this place.
The Asia's largest rail-cum-road bridge on the river Godavari linking Kovvur and
Rajahmundry is considered to be an engineering feat. There are a number of temples
here and the Kotilingala temple on the bank of the Godavari is one of the most important
temples. The Godavari Pushkaram, celebrated once in twelve years, attracts a large
number of pilgrims from all over the country. At a distance of seven kilometres
south of Rajahmundry, there is the Dowlaiswaram anicut across the Godavari.
The First rail bridge across the river(1897):
The First Godavari Rail Bridge was built in the year 1897, under the supervision
of Er.Walton, a British Engineer, across the mighty River Godavari connecting East
Godavari with West Godavari. Stretching for three kilometres, constructed with stone
masonry and steel girders, this bridge served the trains plying between Chennai
and Howrah. With the increased traffic in goods and passengers, a rail-cum-road
bridge was built a quarter century ago across the downstream of the river.
Third rail bridge across Godavari: Since this
first rail Bridge outlived its purpose by serving for more than 100 years, train
services on this bridge were suspended from the year 1997 with the commissioning
of Third Godavari Bridge. Today, the First Godavari Bridge still stands as a monument
of human endeavor and skill. Now another rail bridge is built across the upstream
of the river. With the present rail bridge operational, the commercial town of Rajahmundry
can look forward for a bright future and brisk trade.
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