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  1. Wanaparthy Palace

  2. Wanaparthy Palace

Wanaparthy Palace is located in Wanaparthy town in the Mahabubnagar district of the Andhra Pradesh state in India. This palace covers an area of 640 square miles. Wanaparthy Mahal is actually under the control of Wanaparthi Rajas who were closely related to Qutub Shahi dynasty. Wanaparthy Palace is also known as "Mustafa Mahal" as a name for the advice of a Muslim saint. This palace is now converted into a Poly technical university and now is a popular name in the education sector. Wanaparthy City is now a land mark for major business and educational institutions.



Wanaparthy was governed by a feudal ruler, Raja Rameshwar Rao II, who was a vassal of the Nizam of Hyderabad. Raja died on November 22, 1922 and his successor, Krishna Dev was a minor so his estate was managed as a Ward of the Court. Krishna Dev himself expired before attaining majority and the crown passed on to his son Rameshwar Rao III. Thereafter India abolished all regal titles.


The first Raja has maintained an army numbering 2,000 infantry and 2,000 cavalry. Eventually the kingdom fell in the field of powerful state of Hyderabad, until Wanaparthi armed forces were absorbed by the Army of Hyderabad as the Bison Battalion order of Nizam of Hyderabad. The ruler was relegated to the position of Commander Inspector honorary Bison Battalion. Subsequent to the merger of Hyderabad State with the Indian Union in 1948, all units of the Hyderabad State Forces were disbanded and volunteers absorbed by the Indian army. These units, known colloquially as the "Hyderabadi’s" had, by then, a unique composition mixed class.


Ram Dev Rao was the youngest son of the Raja of Wanaparthy, He had an older sister, Janamma, and elder brother Krishna Dev. Raja Rameshwar Rao used to say that he didn’t have much interaction with his father – it was quite a formal relationship – and he only replied to him when spoken to.


Wanaparthy has religious significance due to the presence of the Venkateshwara Swami Temple in the heart of this town. This temple was started by well-known saint, Sri Pedha Jeeyar Swamiji. Wanaparthy, being a popular holiday destination itself, is also a gateway to many other well-known holiday destinations like Anantapur, Kurnool, Mahabubnagar and Raichur.