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The War of Padmanabham was fought on July 10, 1794 between British Colonel Pendergast sent by the Governor of Madras, John Andrews and The Rajah of Vizianagaram kingdom because 2nd Pusapati Vijayarama Gajapathi Raju or Pusapati China Vijayaramaraju refused to Pay tax to British & also opposed British Governance on his Kingdom from the Time of his Grandfather. British got their full control over the Vizianagaram kingdom with loss of only 13 persons. The Battle lasted up to a Span of 1hr or 1hr 30 min. At that time The British were well equipped with Rifles & Canons whereas the King lacks of those weapons. At that time both Vizianagaram & Visakhapatnam were united & were ruled by Pusapati Royal Family of Vizianagaram.
By 1768, the tribal areas, such as Parlakimidi, Ganjam, Mohiri, Gunsuru, and Pratapagiri (etc.) were under 20 jamindars. They owned 34 of their forts, roughly 35,000 army troops. Many of these had been jamindars who revolted against the English. Some of the castles were in the area of the hills above the manyam. Therefore, the defeated rebel jamindars had retreated to the fortress.
After the death of Ananda Gajapatiraju, Vijayaramaraju became jamindar of the Vizianagaram area. As a boy, Sitaramarajunu appointed divan, the son of the stepmother. At a younger age, Vijayaramarajuku removed Sitaramarajunu from Diwan.[clarification needed] Diwan was angry with this, so came friendship with the English.
During the period between 1759–68, Vijayaramaraju captured a number of areas, their lands in Ganjam, and Visakhapatnam areas, by defeating jamindars and putting them in jail, and he ruled as tyrant.
The British attempted to increase payment of peskas from Vijayanagara jamindaru, to reduce the strength of his army, and collect his dues of 8,50,000 peskas. Although he proved that he had no dues, the British had captured on Vijayanagara on August 2, 1793. The farmers refused to pay for the Kingdom of the English. So British ordered that Vijayaramarajunu must go to macilipatm by the pension of Rs 1200 per month. However, Vijayaramarajunu refused the orders and he went to Padmanabham between the Bhimunipatnam and Vizianagaram. The British troops invaded and defeated and killed Cinavijayaramarajunu in the battle.
The Battle

On the 8th Of July 1794 there was a battle fought between the rajah of vizianagaram and the British. One side are The rajah of vizianagaram and 1174 kshatriya warrior a war memorial can be seen in the place built by the state archeological department..


After the death of Vijayaramaraju, his son Narayanababu found shelter in search of Makkuva village. The konda doras and sardars supported him. In the end, he compromised with the British, and agreed to pay 5 million peskas.
After the British occupation of Vijayanagara, they liberated Jamindarulaku trapped in jail. They renewed the zamindars lands and deprived them of their unique venture. By 1802, they implemented the permanent tax system for zamins.











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