Kings and their life stories. Over years, India has seen some splendid rulers who had cast their magnificence for generations to come. People still talk about these kings, or ‘Rajas’ as they are called. Andhra is one such land that had seen many dynasties rule and flourish. From the mighty Satavahanas to the last of Ikshvakus, the region of fertile soil, rich resources and primal education was equipped, embraced and protected against the waging rivals, waiting to pounce.
Mention the rulers of Andhra, Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu is one of the most astounding names that ring in the mind. He may not have been the real version of S S Rajamouli’s figment of imagination, Baahubali. Raja Vasireddy did not have that towering height, nor those six pack abs. Instead, he had what every Raja should ideally have – kingly persona to fend for his people.
Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu is undoubtedly the real Baahubali, in true sense. There was more to this man than what history books have to say, debate the historians. Indeed, a man of blue blood who was surprisingly also a multi tasking genius and an able strategy maker. King Nayudu knew the pulse of his people like no other.
Here are some of the mighty qualities of Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu that make him a real immortal Baahubali of Andhra.
Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu was a strong protector of his people. His first and prime focus as a king was to make sure that the citizens were not oppressed, plundered or looted. This was strongly evident in the later part of 1797 when the people of Guntur region were being unfairly robbed by a group called Pindaris. Raja did not think twice and eliminated the group. He also went vehement with the forest tribals called Chenchus who were looting the neighboring villages of Amaravati. History says that Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu invited these Chenchus to a lunch and ordered for them to be executed on the spot. The village where this incident took place is still known as Narukulapadu (Naruku means chop). It was quite another thing that this act of violence only brought in strong repentance within the ruler later.
Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu was a strategy maker. Even though he was assisted by one very smart minister and poet Mulugu Papayaradhya, Raja made sure of maximum micro management in all the affairs surrounding the rule. It was his decision to shift his power from Chintapalli in Krishna District to the then Dharanikota or Amaravati. Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu also made sure of strategy making pertaining to all the economic activities in his jurisdiction.
Real Patron of Art and Literature
Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu loved and supported art and literature. He was instrumental in renovating various temples that are located in Amaravati, Mangalagiri, Ponnur and Chebrolu. The Raja royally rewarded intellectual minds and aspiring artists who visiting his kingdom from far and wide.
Magnificent Builder and Preserver
Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu was known for his active philanthropy and organization. He never counted while spending money on festivals, sacrifices, marriages and holy offerings. he fed thousands of poor Brahmans and gave away things like gold, shawls and jewels among learned Sadhus. Raja made sure to build and preserve the magnificent art and architecture in various parts of his rule in the form of temples, schools and buildings.
Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu’s life story has been a vivid subject of interest for many researchers and scholars. He will always remain to be that iconic and magnanimous ruler, as goes the saying in the books and among folklore.