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Sitarama Swami Temple

This temple which is located opposite Gosha Hospital in the Old Town area is one among the oldest temples in the city. A few old timers say that the idols of Sita, Rama and Lakshmana were recovered from the Bay of Bengal and installed at the present site. But as per records, the temple was constructed in 1714 by Gode Jagappa of the Gode family. Later, the Ankitam family took over its management.

A.V. Bhanoji Row, a descendant of the family and former Municipal Chairman, gave a facelift to the temple. Currently the welfare of the temple is looked after by Indrani Jagga Row, daughter-in-law of Bhanoji Row and the endowments department.

During 1950s and 60s, Sri Ramanavami was celebrated with great pomp and grandeur. Apart from conducting Sitaramakalyanam, the evenings were laced with discourses on Hindu dharma by noted Scholars. Sribhashyam Appalacharyulu once recited pravachanams on Sundarakanda at the temple.

Nobel Laureate C.V. Raman's house was located opposite the temple. He spent a major part of his childhood in that house, as his father was a lecturer in Mrs. A.V.N. College.

(Contributed by Ch. Mutyalayya Naidu) Oldest wards

With the formation of Greater Visakha, many new wards have been included into the corporation limits. The number has gone up to 72 from 50 wards. Any idea, which are the oldest?

As per the gazetteer documented by the then British Government, Kotaveedhi, Sivalayam Temple, Sitarama Swami Temple, Chengalraopeta and Godey wards are among the oldest.

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