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Its shortened form, Vizag was used by the British administrators who were unable to pronounce its long name. Historically considered part of the Kalinga region,   it was ruled by the Vengi kingdom and the Pallava and Eastern Ganga dynasties during medieval times.
Control over the city fluctuated between the Chola Dynasty of Tamil Nadu and the Gajapati Kingdom of Odisha   until its conquest by the Vijayanagara Empire in the 15th century. European powers eventually set up trading interests in the city and Visakhapatnam came under French rule at the end of the 18th century.
The city is named after Sri Vishaka Varma. Sri Vishaka Sakhi is the second most important gopi of the eight main gopis. She carries messages between Radha and Krishna and is the most expert gopi messenger.
This is now inundated under sea water near R K Beach. Later it was ruled by Qutb ShahisMughal Empire between andNizam — and France — before being captured by the British in Buddhist influence Hindu texts state that during the fifth century BC, the Visakhapatnam region was part of Kalinga territory, which extended to the Godavari River.
Relics found in the area also prove the existence of a Buddhist empire in the region.
Kalinga later lost the territory to King Ashoka in the bloodiest battle of its time, which prompted Ashoka to embrace Buddhism. Visakhapatnam is surrounded by ancient Buddhist sites, most of which have been excavated recently and illustrate the legacy of Buddhism in the region.
The Buddhist settlement found here is estimated to date back from the first century BC to the second century AD. On the hillock which overlooks the coastline are 16 rock-cut cisterns for collecting rainwater.
Gopalapatnam, on the Tandava River, is a village surrounded by brick stupas, viharaspottery and other Buddhist artefacts. The three major schools of Buddhism Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana flourished here.
The complex is known for its monolithic stupasrock-cut caves and brick structures. The primary stupa was initially carved out of rock and covered with bricks. Excavations yielded historic pottery and Satavahana coins from the first century AD.
At Lingalakonda, there are also rock-cut monolithic stupas in rows spread over the hill. The vihara was active for about 1, years.
At Ligalametta there are hundreds of rock-cut monolithic stupas in rows, spread across the hill. Among other Buddhist attractions are a relic casket, three chaitya halls, votive platforms, stupas and Vajrayana sculptures.
The Hinayana school of Buddhism was practised at the monastery between the 3rd century B.Visakhapatnam is a part of the Petroleum, Chemical and Petrochemical Investment Region (PCPIR), proposed between Visakhapatnam and Kakinada.
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