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DISTRICT & SESSIONS COURT, ANANTHAPURAMU

 

HISTORY

 

The District Court ANANTAPUR was established 1st January, 1920. The District has 36 nos number of courts i.e., 9 nos. District courts, 8 nos. Senior Civil Judge Courts and 19 nos. Junior Civil Judge Courts. Sri J.W.Hughes was the first District and Sessions Judge.

 

The following is the list of District & Sessions Judges who have acted as the District & Sessions Judges of ANANTHAPURAMU District.

 

Sl.

No

 

Name of the District Judge

Approximate

Period (as per available records)

1

Sri J.W.Hughes, ICS.

1920

2

Sri G.Gangadhara Somayajulu, M.A.BL,

1920

3

Sri A.J.Curgenven,B.Sc., ICS.

1921 to 1923

4

Sri P.C.Lobo,B.A.,(Cantab) Bar-at-law

1923 to 1925

5

Sri Khan Bahadur Muhammed Fazluddin Sahib Bahadur, B.A.,B.L,

1925

6

Sri L.C.Horwill, ICS.,

1926 to 1927

7

Sri E.G.Barter, ICS

1928

8

Sri M.R.Ry.Rao.Sahib. C.V.Krishna Swami Ayyar, B.A.,B.L.,

1929

9

Sri Mir. Amir-Ud-din, M.A.,LLB.,

Bar-at-law.

1930 to 1931

10

Sri M.R.Ry.T.Bhujanga Rao Pantulugaru, M.A., B.L.,

1932

11

Sri E.E.Mack, ICS, Bar-at-law

1933

12

Sri A.S.Panchapakesha Ayyar, M.A, ICS.

1933 to 1934

13

Sri M.R.Ry.V .Venkata Subba Rao Pantulugaru, B.A., B.L.,

1934 to 1935

14

Sri M.R.Ry P.Kundu Panikkar, B.A.,M.L.,

1935

15

Sri P.V.Bala Krishna Iyer, M.A., ICS.

1936

16

Sri M.R.Ry Rao Sahib.C.Satyanarayana Chowdari Garu, B.A., B.L,

1937 to 1939

17

Sri Khan Bahadur Yahya Ali Sahib Bahadur, M.A.,B.L,

1940 to 1941

18

Sri P.N.Ramaswami, M.A., ICS.

1942

19

Sri P.S. Viswanatha Ayyar, M.A., ICS.

1942

20

Sri Janab Abdullah Khan Gori Sahib Bahadur, B.A., B.L,

1942

21

Sri M.Rama Chandra Rao, M.A.,

Bar-at-Law.

1943

22

Sri R.Rajagopala Ayyar, B.A.,B.L.,

1943

23

Sri P.V.Parameswara Ayyar, B.A., B.L.,

1944 to 1945

24

Sri C.BhaktaVatsalu Naidu, B.A.,B.L,

1945 to 1946

25

Sri M.RamaChandra Rao, M.A., Bar-at-Law,

1946 to 1947

26

Sri T.S.Viswanathan, B.A.,M.L,

1947 to 1949

27

Sri V.N.Dikshitulu, B.A., B.L,

1949 to 1950

28

Sri K.N.Rajagopal Sastri, M.A., B.L,

1950

 

29

Sri Janab Syed kadir Muhammed Nainar, M.A.,B.L.,

1951

30

Sri C.R.Krishna Swami, B.A., B.L,

1951

31

Sri D.Rangayya, B.A., B.L,

1952 to 1953

32

Sri D.R.Venkatesa Iyer, B.A., M.L,

1953 to 1954

33

Sri V.Pola Reddy, B.A.,B.L,

12.04.1955 to 31.10.1956

34

Sri V.Pola Reddy, B.A.,B.L,

01.11.1956 to 31.03.1958

35

Sri J.N.Waghray

01.04. 58 to 1.05.1959

36

Sri M.A.Jabbar

01.06.1959 to 30.06.1960

37

Sri M.R.A. Ansari

01.07.1960 to 08.05.1963

38

Sri S.Madhusudana Rao.

13.06.1963 to 04.05.1966

39

Sri K.Punnaiah.

14.06.1966 to 30.04.1969

40

Sri M.A.Khader Khan.

01.07.1969 to 06.10.1969

41

Sri D.RamaChandra Raju.

23.10.1969 to 07.10.1972

42

Sri Md.Amjudulla Siddiq.

29.11.1972 to 09.04.1973

43

Sri Basheruddin Ahmad.

05.05.1973 to 10.07.1974

44

Sri P.Rama Krishna.

20.07.1974 to 01.02.1976

45

Sri R.Natesan.

05.02.1976 to 31.03.1978

46

Sri M.Mohana Rama Reddy.

31.03.1978 to 23.05.1979

47

Sri K.V.RaghavaRao.

23.05.1979 to 30.04.1982

48

Sri C.Narayana Reddy.

01.05.1982 to 31.01.1983

49

Sri G.Rama Chandra Naidu.

10.02.1983 to 28.02.1983

50

Sri S.Jayarama Reddy.

21.03.1983 to 07.05.1986

51

Sri K.Ranga Rao.

22.05.1986 to 16.05.1987

52

Sri B.Narayana Reddy.

16.05.1987 to 30.06.1990

53

Sri D.V.Ramana Murthy.

17.07.1990 to 24.01.1991

54

Sri A.Venkata Reddy.

07.02.1991 to 10.08.1992

55

Sri Ch.S.R.K.Prasad.

10.08.1992 to 04.03.1995

56

Sri Dalava Subrahmanyam.

12.03.1995 to 18.09.1997

57

Sri T.Anjaneyulu.

19.09.1997 to 10.05.2000

58

Sri C.Ram Babu.

15.05.2000 to 15.12.2000

59

K.Maha Lakshmi Rao.

19.01.2001 to 30.04.2002

60

Sri P.Raghavender.

17.05.2002 to 27.04.2003

61

Sri M.Bhaskar.

28.04.2003 to 02.05.2005

62

Sri S.Chinnaiah, B.A.,B.L.,

02.05.2005 to 30.06.2006

63

Sri K.Gaddenna,B.Com.,B.L.,

09.08.2006 to 08.04.2009

64

Sri R.Damodar, B.Com.,L.L.M.,

15.04.2009 to 20.04.2010

65

Sri Ashok Pissay,B.Sc.,B.L.,

23.04.2010 to 31.08.2010

66

Sri E.Jagannadha Reddy,B.Com.,L.L.B.,

17.09.2010 to 28.02.2011

67

Sri K.Siva Prasad,B.Sc.,B.L.,

22.04.2011 to 22.11.2012

68

Sri S.Jagannadham. B.Com., B.L.,

09.12.2012 to 30.08.2013

69

Sri M.Venkateswara Rao, B.Com., B.L.,

19.09.2013 to 30.04.2015

70

Sri N.Ganesh Babu, B.Com., B.L.,

14.05.2015 to 30.11.2015

71

Sri A.Hari Haranadha Sarma, B.Sc., B.L

26.02.2016 to 25.01.2017

72 Sri S.Sasidhar Reddy 08.03.2017 to Till date

 

:: VISITING PLACES IN THE ANANTHAPURAM DISTRICT ::

 

LEPAKSHI

How to Reach

 

  • It is the most important place in the Anantapuram District from the historical and archaeological point of view . Lepakshi is situated at a distance of 105km from Bangalore and 110 km from Ananthapur. Lepakshi is well connected by road with frequent bus and private transport facilities from Hindupur at the distance of 15 KM. The nearest railhead is at Hindupur.

     

  • The Skandhapuranam refers to Lepakshi as one of the 108 Saiva temples in India . Sri Virupanna, who worked as a Treasury Officer of Penukonda Fort of Vijayanagara Empire, took up the construction of the Lord Veerabhadhra Temple at Lepakshi in the 16th-century. One can find the late Vijayanagara style of architecture in the vestiges of Lepakshi.
     

  • The construction of the temple in 1538 A.D. is attributed to Virupanna, a noble man and merchant prince of those times. The natyamandapa or dance hall is supported by 100 pillars finely sculpted with figurines of a dancing Siva, Nandi, Tumbura, Rambha and other celestial beings playing the drum, veena and other instruments in accompaniment. The unfinished Kalyanamandapa on the other side contains sculptures of dikapalakas on the pillar.
     

  • From the center of the mantapa emerges a dome, twenty-one feet high, like a great lotus of heaven. In this huge mantapa, the ceiling is divided into different panels by beams that are painted with some of the most exquisite murals of the Deccan.

 

PUTTAPARTHI

  • Puttaparthi, now popularly known as Prasanthi Nilayam, the abode of Supreme Peace, is the home town of Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba and it is about 40 km away from Dharmavaram, 80 km from Anantapur and 200 km from Bangalore . World renowned and worshiped by his devotees all over the globe as God Incarnate, Sri Sathya Sai Baba has shown humanity a new way of life and through his simple teachings transformed millions of his devotees' lives. It indeed needs a divine intervention for anyone to achieve the accomplishments of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Prasanthi Nilayam, the abode of supreme peace, is a place every human being should visit in his lifetime to experience for oneself what selfless and pure love can achieve. This is the abode of Sri Sathya Sai Baba and it lies on the bank of the river Chitravati, at a distance of 90Km. from anantapuram and 20Km. from penukonda. He is considered the incarnation of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba and thousands of devotees and tourists from the four corners of the world visit Puttaparthi just to have his 'Darshan'.

     

  • Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born on 23 November 1926 (1926-11-23)Puttaparthi, Madras Presidency, British India . His first name was Sathya Narayana Raju and after he had the name Satya Sai Baba, he was an Indian guru, spiritual figure, mystic, philanthropist, and educator. He claimed to be the reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi, a spiritual saint and miracle worker who died in 1918.

 

  • Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba was died on 24 April 2011,(2011-04-24) (aged 84),Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, India.

  • The teachings of Sri Satya Sai Baba:

    Love All, Serve All
    Help Ever, Hurt Never ”

  • Puttaparthi has a railway station SSPN (Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam) which started functioning from 23 November 2000. It is about 8 kilometers from the ashram. It is easy to reach the town from the railway station, in 20 - 25 mins, as various modes of transport are available like cabs that can be hired and APRRTC buses. It is connected to Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Bubhaneshwar, Mumbai and New Delhi directly. The nearest major railway station is 45 kilometers away at Dharmavaram, where one can board a train to anywhere in India. The Dharmavaram railway station itself is connected to Puttaparthi by APSRTC buses. The journey takes about 60 to 75 minutes.

 

Tadipatri-Chintala Venkataramana Temple

 

How to reach

  • Tadipatri is Located at a distance of 90kms, from Ananthapur.

    Chintala Venkataramana Temple

     

  • Tadipatri has many religious monuments of interest located in and around the town. In the heart of the town is the Chintala Venkataramana Temple with its lofty gopura.

     

  • At a distance of 1km, from the town, overlooking the Pennar river is the Bugga Ramalingeshwara Temple, remarkable for a lingam on a pedestal, constantly filled with water from a small spring.

 

ALURU KONA

  • This village is at a distance of 5 Km. from Tadipatri Town. It is said that Yerramraju, the chief representative of King Bukkaraya, Built Ranganathaswami temple, in 1334 A.D., Atop a hill. One can find a small water falls in an area in the valley, where water is ever-present. The valley with its natural beauty attracts tourists. Apart from that, thousands of tourists and devotees visit it throughout the year. "Brahmotsavam" of Lord Ranganathaswami is celebrated on Chaitra Sudha Paurnami Day.

 

GOOTY-FORT

How to Reach

  • Gooty is located at a distance of 52 km from Anantapur on the Kurnool - Bangalore trunk road. It is one of the oldest hill forts of Andhra Pradesh. This place is well connected by rail and road from Anantapur.

    Significance: Gooty fort is situated at a height of 300 mtrs above the plains in Gooty. It is one of the oldest hill forts in Andhra Pradesh. The fort was built by the emperors of the Vijayanagara Kingdom . The Marathas under Murari Rao conquered it. Then it was taken over by Haider Ali in 1773 and eventually fell into the British hands after the defeat of Tipu Sultan in 1799.

     

  • The fort was built in the shape of a shell and has 15 forts with 15 main doors (Mukahdwarulu) inside the structure. There is a small pavilion made of polished lime stone called Murari Rao's seat. This pavilion is on the edge of a cliff from where one can have a panoramic view of the surroundings. The unique feature of the fort is the availability of water resources at such a height.

 

PENUKONDA FORT - KALESWARA TEMPLE

How to Reach

  • Penukonda is 50 km from Ananthapur and is located on the way to Bangalore (on National Highway No. 7). It is well connected by road with frequent buses and private transportation from Ananthapur.

  • Significance: The Penukonda Fort, constructed with stone by mixing lime and clay, served as the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire for a short period and remained inaccessible to the enemies. Now, there are two important sights here. One is the "Gagan Mahal" which was used as a summer resort by the Vijayanagar Kings. The Gagan Mahal witnessed the majesty and aristocracy of the Royal times and was built in 1575 AD. The other is "Babayya Darga" which is the symbol of communal harmony between Hindus and Muslims.

 

PENNA AHOBILAM

How to Reach

  • Located at a distance of 12kms, from Uravakonda and 36kms, from Anantapur, it is well-linked by road with frequent bus service.

     

  • Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

    This Temple is located amidst lush greenery, on the banks of a rivulet of Pennar. Myth has it that this temple was built on the footprint of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy measuring 5 feet 3 inches . And it is said that another footprint of the Lord is at the Ahobilam temple in Kurnool district. According to the sources available, Most of the people visit this place to perform marriage ceremonies of their children and relatives. A grand car festival is conducted in the month of April.

 

KADIRI TEMPLE

  • Sri Lakshmi Narashimha Swami Temple is located to the west of the town and is a popular place of pilgrimage attracting devotees even from neighboring districts. The epics say that 'Narashimha Swami' is one of the ten avataras of Lord Vishnu. This Vishnu temple appears to have been constructed by one 'Ranganayudu', a Palegar of Patharlapattanam.

     

  • Several scenes from 'Ramayana' are painted on the ceiling of the 'Rangamantapa' and several fresco's on that of the Lakshmi mantapa depicting scenes from the 'Bhagavata'. Unfortunately the murals have lost their freshness and are fading. Many inscriptions on the temple mostly mention the gifts given by kings to the temple.

     

  • The legendary significance of this sacred shrine dates back to Trethayuga, and according to local version, the presiding deity - Narasimhaswami in His terrific aspect - 'Vugrarupa' chose to settle down here after killing Hiranyakasipu.

 

YOGI VEMANA SAMADHI

  • Famous for the Yogi Vemana Samadhi, Kattarupally attracts a lot of pilgrims. Situated 25 kms. from Kadiri enroute Thimmamamarimanu, the journey offers spectacular views of rock formations of various shapes. Yogi Vemana is widely known as peoples' poet. His simple and colloquial Telugu poems, which narrates truths of day to day life and social evils, are more popular among the literates and illiterate ruralites.

 

 

OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THE DISTRICT:

  • Anantapur offers some vivid glimpses of the prehistoric past. It is generally held that the place got its name from 'Anantasagaram', a big tank, which means "Endless Ocean".

     

  • Anantapur is familiarly known as "Hande Anantapuram". 'Hande' means chief of the Vijayanagar period. Anantapur and a few other places were gifted by the Vijayanagar rulers to Hanumappa Naidu of the Hande family. The place subsequently came under the Qutub Shahis, Mughals, and the Nawabs of Cuddapah, although the Hande chiefs continued to rule as their subordinates.

     

  • Anantapur District was formed in the year 1882 having been separated from Bellary District.

 

THIMMAMMA MARRIMANU (BANAYAN TREE)

How to Reach

  • Located about 35 kms from Kadiri, and 100 kms from Anantapur.

  • Significance: It is famous as it has a banyan tree, which is locally called as "Thimmamma Marrimanu''. It is regarded as the biggest of its kind in South India. It's branches spreads over nearly 5 acres. It is named after 'Thimmamma' who was considered to be the representative of the Almighty. To the pride of India, the "Marrimanu" was recorded as the biggest tree in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989.

    A small temple dedicated to Thimmamma lies under the tree. An account of this lady in Telugu kept at the shrine reveals that she was the daughter of a Setti Balija couple Sennakka Venkatappa and Mangamma, born in AD 1394. She was married to a Bala Veerayya who died in 1434, and Thimmamma committed 'Sati'.

     

  • The banyan tree is believed to have sprouted at the place where she ascended the funeral pyre. The people of this area strongly believe that if a childless couple worship "Thimmamma" they will have a child the very next year. A big 'Jatara' is conducted here on the day of "Shivaratri" when thousands and thousands of people flock here to worship 'Thimmamma' on this occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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