Call this fate or destiny, but Amaravati’s resurrection as Andhra Pradesh’s new capital city has too many poetic coincidences with the past. The ancient capital saw the rise and fall of many dynasties, right from the mighty Satavahanas to the chivalrous Pallavas. However, it was one king who actually gave a lofty prominence to the falling city, that was also a main Buddhist center of the entire south east Asia.
The great Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu, who recreated the shape and demographics of Dharanikota. History has indeed repeated one more time, when the leader of the state bearing a similar name, N Chandrababu Naidu has decided to resurrect the ancient capital city and restore it to its former glory etched in the pages of history.
Then – Amaravati Under The King Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu
Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu, the last king of the royal Vasireddy clan made sure that Amaravati became a main center for administration and business. The only king who actively revolted against the then British Raj in Andhra, Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu shifted his capital base to Dharanikota, the then Amaravati. He then started giving prime importance to his new capital city, empowering the region with the best of literature and arts, trade, business activities etc. Raja Venkatadri Nayudu also built numerous temples along the Krishna river delta. It was under the Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu’s fond regime that Amaravati shone bright as the largest center of economic activity during the 17th century.
Now – Amaravati Under Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu
Post state bifurcation, there was not even a capital city left for the new state of Andhra Pradesh. There was a total chaos and confusion. People were worried. Nara Chandrababu Naidu took oath as the Chief Minister during the turbulent times of Andhra. He had no resources, but had plenty of ideas. Known extensively for his clever entrepreneurial ruling and penchant for technology in every sphere of administration, Naidu recommenced the voyage from scratch.
Naidu started visiting other countries, made investor relationships, showcased the inner potential of Andhra to the world. Chandrababu Naidu cashed on the state’s natural resources and skilled talent. He promoted the assets of the state extensively, getting chunk projects to get rolling in Andhra Pradesh. With some big international brands already establishing their base within the state, Naidu has once again begun rolling his ball of strategies. His powerful vision for the state is already picking momentum.
CM Chandrababu Naidu will once again resurrect Amaravati from where King Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu left off. Maybe this is all happening for a good reason. Maybe these are great signs from the universe. All in all, Amaravati reckons to be resurrected in full glory, from one Nayudu to another Naidu.