Anantapur’s History and Tourism

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”.

Summary

Anantapur is a lovely city. Along with its rich history and many tourist attractions, the people are affectionate and helpful. It is a city which will always entertain you with its delicious local cuisine and the beautiful historic landmarks. Hence it is a great place to visit and explore.

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The Sundowner

Your life is a gift, grace to be earned and cherished. Many folks step out of their ordinary lives, when they can, to experience something or some place different from their norm. As your years go by, how can you weave together so many unique experiences? Does it seem to you that your special experiences are disconnected from your everyday life?

The Sundowner understands the need for context, and chooses this theme: All earthly life ends like the sun seems to end each day when it sets in the west. He or she selects a place (a setting) to watch the sunset at every opportunity. Enjoy the sunset alone, with interesting people or with a special someone, with superb food and drink, in an exotic land, at a local outdoor restaurant, or from your backyard deck. Wherever you are, have been, or choose to be, the sun has or will set to signal the end of your day.

Notice how the mood changes as orange and red hues frame the reddening ball of the sun, and especially so if there are high clouds in the west. Have you heard the saying, “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight?” At sea, a working seaman (sailor) toils far longer than an 8-to-5 day, partly because the sea beats ships and boats to pieces, and the vessels must be regularly repaired, maintained, and improved in order to remain seaworthy. Another reason: Work fills the otherwise endless hours of bobbing about on the water while confined in a small space. With the crew worn out by the evening meal, a good captain allows his seamen to enjoy the sunset (unless they are on watch).

The science about the delight of a red sunset is that the sun’s rays bounce off dust high in the atmosphere, which means that a high pressure system (calm air) may rock seamen to sleep in their hammocks. Jesus commented on the setting sun. Web search Matthew 16: 2-3.

I have seen a painting that depicts the “Last Supper,” in which Jesus celebrated the first day of the Jewish holiday of Passover with his 12 disciples in the city of Jerusalem. Several disciples who shared that final meal with him recorded what they saw and what he said. The painting shows windows in the second floor room, but I find no description of Jesus watching the sunset as he dined with his disciples and told them shocking things about the near future.

The Sundowner would agree that it should be there, for the setting sun signaled the setting of the mortal life of the son of God. Jesus shared bread and wine with those who had followed him in his ministry, and he linked (gave context) to his pending sacrifice to the food so that they would remember what he had taught them as they began their own ministries in the days ahead. There would be no Christian religion and Jesus’ sacrifice would have been in vain for all of us if the surviving 11 disciples had not remembered the context of what they were taught and led the creation of the Christian Church. Jesus, as a mortal, went out like sundown at his crucifixion. Then, three days later, he defeated death to rise and receive from God all authority over Heaven and Earth. Web search Matthew 28: 1-20.

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