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           Pallepad History

 

Pallepad (Monopad Mandal, Alampur Taluk, Mahaboonagar) was an ancient Village called Panyagrahi, which was destroyed due to floods and change of River Krishna  course/path about 1000 years. The name Panyagrahi changed to Panyapad after Kalachuri Kalyani Emperor Bijjuladeva granted thousands of villages as grants to Jain monasteries for propagation of Jain religion around 1140 AD and All those villages were suffixed with PAD for easy recognition / identification.  These villages are all over the States of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.  A new Village was constructed in 1790's by Bijjula Rani Chinnama of Practoor Fort ( 10Km from Alampur Temple Complex And Fort), a direct descendant of Kalayani Emperor Bijjula Deva.  During those times  Rani Chinnamma  build the whole Village instead of a Fort because of her vision that in future, People need  to be more open for free living, which will enhance their way of thinking.. Over a period of time Panyapad subsequently became Pallepad (around 1600 AD). Rani Chinnamma heirs were Jagirdars of Pallepad and their families are still leaving here and this village is part of Pallepad Jagir consisting of Six villages Boravailly, Jalapuram, Kathur, Practoor, Maramunagalla and Pallepad till India was declared Republic in 1950.

 

The New Pallepad  was constructed in 1980 after the Old Pallpad constructed in 1790's got submerged in the back waters of Srisalum reservoir on River Krishna. The Old Pallepad  was one square kilometer with well laid roads and incredible rain water draingage system. A huge temple complex was in one acre of land right in the center of the village along with the living quarters. The temple complex consisted of many temples. The main temple is of CHENNA KESHAVA SWAMY (Lord Krishna). The other temples are Lord Siva, Lord Ganesha, and Lord Hanuman. It had 40 feet height Garage for Temple Chariot  and the Temple chariot was fully curved with number of deities. For the Visitors, a huge visitor complex with two huge halls and three rooms with a kitchen and a backyard.

 

The Village had separate quarters for Goldsmiths and Silversmiths to the west of the temple. Ironsmiths and Wood carvers were in the west too. In the East of the temple was the School. To the Southwest there was a huge palatial house/Davidi about four acres consisting of Meeting Halls, Offices, Living Quarters of the Bijjula Family with open yards, consisting of Medicinal and Kitchen gardens with a Well and a Cow shed. This complex had a huge open ground about one acre of land right at the entrance, with a Hanuman temple in the east of the complex and a parking place for the Chariots and Carts to the North of the complex. This complex was surrounded by the living quarters/security guard rooms for the Security personal with two huge watch towers in Southwest and Southeast. This complex was the height point about Sixty feet from the ground level situated in the southwest corner of the village.

 

The Village had separate living quarters for Musicians, Dhobis, Shepherds, Fishermen  and Farmers both big and small and Village maintenance staff living in the East and Southeast  of the village. The Village had Two huge Wells in the North and East and three Water Tanks spread over 150 acres having a net work of canals (Length 100kms) in the East, North and West of the Village which could irrigate 150 acres of Land.  Two of these tanks are still in use.

 
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