Vijayawada on the banks of the mighty Krishna River Vijayawada is a major railway junction on the east coast line from Calcutta to Chennai. It is practically the center of Andhra in all its aspects. About 265 km east of Hyderabad, it's an important industrial cente. In Vijayawada there are a number of important Hindu temples including the Kanaka Durga Temple on Indrakila Hill, as well as two 1000-year-old Jain temples. About eight km from Vijayawada, across the river, are the ancient Hindu cave temples of Undavalil. The name of Vijayawada is derived from the "Vijaya" - victory.

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