GATHERING:Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, Tourism Minister J. Geeta Reddy and Union
Ministers – A. Sai Pratap, Panabaka Lakshmi and Selja – at the conclusion of the
Sri Krishnadevaraya fete in Penukonda on Sunday.
Anantapur: The one-month long 500th coronation celebrations
of Sri Krishnadevaraya held in several Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra districts
culminated in Penukonda, the historic second capital of the famous Emperor, with
the participation of Chief Minister K. Rosaiah and several Union Ministers and a
galaxy of leaders belonging to the broad social and political spectrum.
The three-day concluding celebrations which commenced on
August 6 ended on Sunday amidst a colourful display of cultural extravaganza
re-enacted once again to the joy of the participants.
The settings on the stage which resembled the grandeur of
the Durbar of Krishnadevaraya was impressive.
An overwhelmed Chief Minister said that the grand platform
designed by the TTD gave the dignitaries on the dais the feeling that they were
actually in royal court hall.
And befittingly Ratnaraja Krishnadevaraya who is the 19th
descendent of Emperor Sri Krishnadevaraya was the guest of honour.
Mr. Rosaiah observed that even though a host of kings ruled
the country, very few kings are remembered and Krishnadevaraya was among them.
His reign ushered in prosperity and over all development of
the people particularly on the irrigation front. Hundreds of irrigation tanks
set up during his regime are still serving the people.
Union Minister for Tourism Selja stated that world class
infrastructure needs to be developed in the historic town of Penukonda.
She assured that she would contribute for the development
of tourism in Penukonda. Earlier, State Agriculture Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy
said that Krishnadevaraya dug as many as 1900 irrigation tanks in the
Rayalaseema districts and more than 600 of them were in Anantapur district.
of State for Handlooms and Textiles Panabaka Lakshmi and Union Minister of State
for Steel and Mines A. Sai Pratap and several MLAs, MPs and MLCs apart from
government officials and other dignitaries participated.