Vijayarama Raju-I laid the foundation of Vizianagaram fort in 1713 A.D. on the auspicious day of Vijaya Dashmi. The Victory arch was the main entrance to the Vizianagaram fort prior to the construction of Nagaar Khana. It has a temple of Lord Hanuman on one side and Goddess Lakshmi on the other. The Goddess is also known as ‘Kota Shakti’ or the guardian of the fort. The Raja of Vizianagaram would seek blessings of the Goddess before embarking on any military expedition. The main entrance to the fort is through the East Gate. Nagaar Khana is situated atop this gate. ‘Nagaara’ is an Indian percussion instrument. A literal translation of ‘Nagaar Khana’ would mean ‘Drum Room’. It was used for drawing attention of the people for announcing royal edicts. The drummer also used the Nagaara to announce and alert the inmates to the arrival of royal guests. The West Gate is the rear entrance to the Vizianagaram fort. This gateway is built in Rajasthani style and has a viewing pavilion on top. It connects the fort to the Pedda Cheruvu and to the royal tombs. As per Hindu customs and traditions, the deceased should be taken for cremation only from the rear door of the household. The West Gate with the royal tombs close by served this purpose. The fort was surrounded by a moat. The area between the west wall and the moat has been converted into a splendid park with well laid out gardens and lush green lawns by the present day administration.
How to Reach:
The nearest Airport is Visakhapatnam 60 km from Vizianagaram
You can get down at Vizianagaram Railway Station which is a railway junction. All trains towards Howrah, Bhubaneswar, Bilaspur, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Banglore, Tirupati etc will halt here.
You can get down at APSRTC Bus Stand, Vizianagaram