Bhimavaram is also called the “Second Bardoli of India”. Mahatma Gandhi coined the name when he visited the town during the freedom movement in India. The northern part of Bhimavaram is known as “One Town” and the southern part of Bhimavaram is known as “Two Town”.
Along with much of present-day Andhra Pradesh, Bhimavaram was controlled by the Chola Empire. Under Kulothunga Chola I, Bhimavaram was ruled by his sons who served as viceroys. Various stone inscriptions have been found in the city dating from his reign (c. 1096 C.E.).Bhimavaram was the site of several protests during the Salt Satyagraha Movement. It played a major role in the freedom movement, during the rule of British empire in India. The taluka office at the bhimavaram is a witness of freedom movement since 1887. The famous freedom fighter Alluri Sita Rama Raju belongs to Mogallu, a nearby village. Potti Sriramulu started the movement to separate the Andhra State from the Madras Presidency.
Some famous temples located here are:
- Gunupudi Sri Uma Someshwara Janardhana Swamy temple – One of the five Pancharamas. Built during the 3rd century A.D., theShivalinga in the temple is believed to assume a black-cum-brown colour on no-moon day and becomes whitish on full-moon day. The prathista of the Shivalinga is by the Moon God.
- Sri Mavullamma Temple – Mavullamma’s (Goddess of Bhimavaram) Festival starts on 14 January of every year and runs for 30 days.
- Sri Bhimeshwara Swamy Temple – The name of the Bhimavaram town is derived from it.
- Sri Aadhi Lakshmi Ammavaru Temple – The village deity of Gunupudi.
- Sri Subrahmanyeswaraswamy Temple – The temple of Lord Subrahmanyeswara, Lord Siva and Lord Rama
- Jain Temple – Located at Pedda Amiram.
- Sri Shakteswara Swamy temple – Located in Ennamadurru from 5 km to Bhimavaram.
- Sri Venkateswaraswamy temple Kallakuru, 10 km to Bvrm
- Sai Baba Swarnamandir located in Pedda Amiram
- Transfiguration Church
- A Mosque – located at the center of Bhimavaram.
A biggest network of Pastors, evangelist with APPLE Association, APPLE association having 10 thousand membership in three districts, APPLE association are having 24×7 APPLE prayer tower in Bhimavaram.
Bhimavaram is an important commercial centre in West Godavari District and has road connections to all the nearby rural villages. It is located 455 km from Hyderabad, 270 km from Visakhapatnam and 103 km from Vijayawada. National Highway NH 214 (Kathipudi toPamarru) passes through this town. A number of buses are run by the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation and private operators. The buses go to Chennai, Hyderabad, Vizag, Bangalore, Eluru & Vijayawada.
The Chennai-Calcutta and Narsapur-Vijayawada rail lines also pass through Bhimavaram. The town is well connected by bus (The Old Bus Stand is located in Two Town and the New Bus Stand is located in One Town) and train routes (Town Station in Two Town and Junction Railway Station is located in One Town). The nearest domestic airport to Bhimavaram is in Vijayawada/Rajahmundry. International airports near Bhimavaram are Hyderabad and Chennai.
Bhimavaram is surrounded with more than 25 village panchayats in the Bhimavaram mandal.
- Anakoderu (village and panchayat)
- Annavaram (village and panchayat)
- Bethapudi (village and panchayat)
- Chinaamiram (village and panchayat)
- Deyyalatippa (village and panchayat)
- Dirusumarru (village and panchayat)
- Dongapindi (village and panchayat)
- Gollavanitippa (village and panchayat)
- Gutlapadu (village and panchayat)
- Jonnalagaruvu (village and panchayat)
- Komarada (village and panchayat)
- Komatitippa (village and panchayat)
- Kothapusalamarru (village and panchayat)
- Losari (village and panchayat)
- L.V.N.Puram (village and panchayat)
- Nagidipalem (village and panchayat)
- Narasimhapuram (village and panchayat)
- Pedagaruvu (village and panchayat)
- Pennada (village and panchayat)
- Rayalam (village and panchayat)
- Sriramapuram (Gunduvari Pet) (village and panchayat)
- Srungavruksham  (village and major panchayat)
- Taderu (village and panchayat)
- Thokatippa (village and panchayat)
- Tundurru (village and panchayat)
- Vempa (village and panchayat)
- Yenamadurru (village and panchayat)
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
Bhimavaram is an assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh. There were 1,77,470 registered voters in the Bhimavaram constituency in the 1999 elections. The Bhimavaram legislative assembly constituency has been the centre of politics in the West Godavari District since its formation in 1952. Mr. Pulaparthy Ramanjaneyulu is the newly elected MLA for Bhimavaram.
Year MLA Name Party
1952 Bhupathiraju Subba Tata Raju Praja party
1962 Natchu Venkataramayya Congress
1967 Bhupathiraju Vijaya Kumar Raju Independent
1972 Bhupathiraju Vijaya Kumar Raju Congress
1978 Kalidindi Vijay Narasimha Raju Congress
1983 PV Narasimha Raju TDP
1985 subba raju chv TDP
1989 Alluri Subhash Chandra Bose Congress
1994 PV Narasimha Raju TDP
1999 PV Narasimha Raju TDP
2004 Grandhi Srinivas Congress
2009 P. Ramanjaneyulu (AnjiBabu) Congress
Bhimavaram has a population of 137,409 per the 2001 census, and is divided into 39 wards. It has been upgraded to a special grade municipality.
The Bhimavaram Municipality was established in the year 1948.Smt Thota Sita Rama Lakshmi is currently serving as its municipal chair person.
Since the formation of the Bhimavaram Municipality, it has had various municipal chairpersons:
- Sri Bhupathiraju Bangaraju
- Sri Nachu Venkata Ramayya
- Sri Kuriseti Naga Bhusanam
- Sri Gadiraju Jagannadha Raju
- Sri G. Venkataswami Naidu
- Sri Tatavarthi Narasimha Rao
- Sri Kotikalapudi Govinda Rao
- Sri Bommidi Narayana Rao
- Sri Grandhi Venkateswara Rao
- Smt Meragani Narayanamma
- Smt Thota Sita Rama Lakshmi