Fort Gate (Kotagummam):
is a well known place to all. But no body could show/see the gate. The area covering
the old-Godavari railway station, Statue of Mrityunjaya(Lord Hanuman), Statue of
Mr.Potti Sriramulu and Hotel Ajanta is called Fortgate. Today,the Fortgate is not
there, but a wall(only a part) covering the main street (through which elephants,
horses etc were taken for a bath) is still found. This wall is slant on both
sides. We can also see the tomb/Samadhi of daughter of Sir Arthur Cotton.
During the construction of the Railway bridge(Havelock Bridge - named after the
then Madras Governer) in 1900 one of the Fort walls was demolished. The fort was
constructed between 8th and 11th centuries during the reign of Chalukyas. Today
also we can find Kandakam Street(Kandakam - A big canal dug around the fort filled
with water to stop the enemy forces from coming into the fort - generally 20ft depth
and 50ft width).
The present Municipal water works department(Formerly Municipal High School) was
famous as Ratnangi and Chitrangi palaces. A undergroundway(Sorangamu - The way to
escape when enemy forces attack the palace from all the sides - Generally for queens,
princes and princesses) recently came into light which was said to have the other
end of it at Pandavula Metta(Near Peddapuram).
[Now & then of Rajahmundry]
[Rajahmundry Central Jail]