From witnessing fierce battles to hosting royal buildings, the town of Bobbili has had its share of history, in terms of heritage and legacy. Often referred to as Veera (courageous) Bobbili, the city obtained this title due to the worth of its people. Going back to the roots, let’s go back to the magnificent history of Bobbili.
His origin :
This kingdom was founded by Bobbili Pedda Rayudu, the fifteenth descendant of the Venkatagiri Rajas, who came here as part of the Golconda contingent. He built a fort and developed the city and named it Pedda Puli (Great Tiger). Over time, the city became known as Pebbuli, Bebbuli and finally Bobbili.
Battle of Bobbili:
The historic battle took place in the 1750s between Raja of Bobbili and Zamindar of Vizianagaram, who was aided by the French. Although Bobbili’s rulers were fierce, the war made the city a land of heroism, bravery and courage. Ultimately, the city was nearly wiped out in a tragic massacre.
The founder of the House of Bobbili, Pedda Rayudu, had built the fort and named it Pedda Puli (Great Tiger) after its patron’s name. Although there is no vestige of the original Bobbili Fort, there are many palaces that serve as the residence of the royal family. The Durbar Mahal was built in 1893 as a meeting room where the Raja held court and received royal emissaries. Two stone elephants stand guard on either side of the steps leading to the “Durbar”. Today, the first floor houses a museum of various artifacts relating to the Bobbili of the past.
The Bobbili Rajas have built a number of palaces to provide hospitality to their guests. One such palace is the Raj Mahal, also known as the Chikkavaram Guest House. It is located in secluded splendor on the outskirts of the modern city.
Bobbili guest house:
Another visible symbol of the royal propensity to spend on magnificent buildings can be seen in the form of the guesthouse which was built by Raja of Bobbili in 1920, originally as a wedding gift for his son. The building was designed as a recreation resort and had plenty of recreational facilities for royal indulgence. It also has a beautiful garden spread over acres of land. The guesthouse’s four minarets and central dome are an important landmark in Bobbili. The two adjacent outbuildings were used as accommodation for the servants and as a kitchen.
The glory of Bobbili: Bobbili Veena
The town of Bobbili is famous for the making of Veenas carved by the sculptures located in Gollapalli (v) near the town. Almost 300 households in this village have participated in preparing the Veena for their livelihood over the past 100 years. A single piece of Panasa and Sampangi wood is used for its preparation by the sculptures.