"Amaravati (Telugu: ???????) is a small town situated on the banks of the River Krishna at 35 KM north-west of Guntur in the Guntur District (of which it is a mandal) of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is famous for its Amareswara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is one of the famous Pancharamas. Amaravati, also known as Dhanyakataka/Dharanikota was the site of a great Buddhist Stupa built in pre-Mauryan times. It was also the capital of Satavahanas, the first great Andhra kings who ruled from the 2nd century BCE to the 3rd century CE, after the downfall of Maurya empire."
"Mangalagiri (Telugu: ????????) is a town, and a mandal of Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh, India. Mangalagiri is a part of Vijayawada urban agglomeration. It is situated on the Vijayawada-Guntur road, 8 miles (13 km) to the south-east of Vijayawada and 13 miles (21 km) to the north-east of Guntur City.Mangalagiri means \"the holy hill\". Near the foot of the stone flight of steps is a stone pillar with a Telugu inscription, recording grants of villages. It is dated to 1520 and mentions the capture of Kondavidu by Timmarasu, general of Krishna Deva Raya, in 1515 from the Gajapati rulers of Kalinga (ancient Odisha). Another stone near the temple of Garudalvar has inscriptions on four sides recording grants in the reign of Sadasiva Raya of Vijayanagara Empire 1538. The lofty gopuram in the temple at the foot of the hill was erected by Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu in 1807-1809, and in terms of sculpture and architecture this temple stands to be an ultimate testament for the ancient vishwakarma sthapathis in planning and sculpting these temples.\nMangalagiri was under the control of Golkonda Nawabs for a long period. It was plundered in 1780 by Hyder Ali but could not be conquered. In 1816, a gang of Pindaris again looted the place. It slowly recovered from these two attacks during the time of Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu who ruled the place from Amaravati. There is a big koneru (tank) in the center of the place which went dry in 1882. As many as 9,840 guns and 44 bullets which might have been related to Pindaris have been found here after the Pindaris looted this place.\nThe picturesque hill was visited by the great Sri Krishna Deva Raya.\nIn the 1970s there was huge water scarcity in Mangalagiri. Goli Gopala Rao, then the municipal chairman of Mangalagiri, brought water to the town through water pipelines and he was called \"Apara Baghiratha\" due to his services to the public.\nAs the location of the town is etched amidst well developed cities of Guntur and Vijaywada, the real estate business has gone to peaks. The future capital of Andhra Pradesh is also proposed around Mangalagiri."
"There are many stories telling the importance of Amaravathi temple.\n 1) History revals that the land of Amaravati was earlier known as the house of the gods.( the devas. the yakshas and the kinnaras). It said that in order to get relif from the illtreats of demon Tarakasura these gods performed penances to Lord Shiva to destory the mighty demon(Tarakasura ) .Lord Subramanya the son of Shiva kills Tarakasura. The legend says that the Shivalingam was shattered into five pieces among which the biggest piece of white marble is worshipped at Amaravati temple. As soon as the linga fell here it was growing longer and longer towards the sky. Then Devendra planted a nail in it's top and it stopped growing then the shiva linga bleeded and those blood markings are now revealed as stripes on the linga. it is said that the Lingam was installed by Lord Devendra/indra king of devas, Brihaspati the guru of the Devas and Sukra the preceptor of the Asuras at the end of Dwapara Yugam, "
Sri Amareswara Swamy Temple
"Located at 6 km from Chirala & 35 km from Guntur, with a charming and scenic beach, it is a popular weekend get away for those wanting a break from the mundane city life. A great escape to the golden sands and sparkling waters. Yet another interesting beach is Ramapuram located 6 km from Vodarevu Beach. Private accommodation is available. The place is connected by road and rail."