Amaravati, where Andhra's new capital is going to emerge in the near future, is an important historical place dating back to several centuries. Mandadam is a neighborhood and a part of Urban Notified Area of Amaravati. It is a village in Thullur Mandal (Tazil) of Guntur district.
According to Dr E. Sivanagi Reddy, renowned archaeologist of The Cultural Center of Vijayawada and Amaravati (CCVA) many of the villages of the capital region have numerous Buddhist and Jain remains, temples, sculptures and inscriptions where past history is frozen in rocks - a veritable place for history and monuments freaks.
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Mandadam village, once part of the Kakatiya kingdom is of particular interest and it was the venue of Rudramadevi’s birthday celebrations in 1261 AD. Here there is a dilapidated temple dedicated to Lord Visveswara (Shiva) with a huge stone inscription dated 1261 AD issued jointly by the Kakatiya emperor Ganapatideva and his crown princess and designated empress of the Andhra County.
There are 182 lines in Sanskrit and 18 lines in Telugu, both in Telugu script, carved on all three sides on a granite slab of 14 feet and 2 feet 10 inches square, The inscriptions reveal such information as the Kakatiya family, pontifical succession of the Golakimatha of the Saiva sect and the gift of Mandaram in the Velanadu Kandravati made by the ruler Ganapathideva to his Guru Visveswara Sivacharya.
Rudramadevi, Ganapathideva’s daughter made a formal gift of that village along with the village of Velagapundi (Velagapudi). Visweswara Siva, founded a new village and named it Rudradevipura and he was instrumental in bringing to one place people of different caste with various skills from various parts of the country.
Rudramadevi’s birthday was celebrated recently in August, 2016 on the banks of Krishna river in the present Amaravati capital region.
Rudramadevi or Rudrama Devi (died 1289 or 1295), was a ruler of the Kakatiya dynasty in the Deccan Plateau. She was one of the very few women to rule a kingdom in Indian history and promoted a male image in order to do so.
Rudrama Devi married Virabhadra, a member of a minor branch of the Chalukya dynasty, probably in 1240. This was almost certainly a political marriage designed by her father to forge alliances.