Vengi, aka: Veṅgi, Veṅgī; 4 Definition(s)

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Veṅgi is the name of a deśa (district) of the similarly-named ancient kingdom of Veṅgi, ruled over by the Eastern Cālukyas from the 7th to 12th centuries. The kingdom of Veṅgi comprised Andhra and part of Kaliṅga for more than five hundred years and during this period, the Eastern Cālukyas developed there a prosperous civilisation. Their reign advanced the society and brought with them scientific advancements, religious freedom, literature and various forms of art and architecture.

(Source): Wisdom Library: History of Ancient India

Veṅgī (वेङ्गी) or Veṃgī.—The victorious city of Veṅgīpura is described in the following inscriptions dating between 320 A.D. and 450 A-D.: 1. Ellore Plates of Devavarman. 2. Kanteru grant of Nandivarman I. 3. Kanukollu Plates of Nandivarman I. 4. Kollair Plate of Nandivarman II. 5. Peddavegi grant of Nandivarman II. 6. Kanteru grant of Skandavarman. 7. Dharikatur grant of Acaṇḍavarman.

An examination of the ruins of Veṅgī, which are found at and near Pedda-Vegi, a village seven miles north of Ellora, West Godavari district and about nine miles to the north-west of the Kolleru lake bring to our minds what an extensive and powerful city it must have been in its palmy days. At present, we see near its ruins two hamlets Pedavegi and Chinavegi. Five miles to the south-east, lies the village of Dendalūru, ancient Lendalūra with its hamlets of Ganganagudem and Senagudem closely. In ancient times, all these villages might have comprised the rich and powerful city of Vengipura.

Veṃgīpura possibly represents the Benagouron of Ptolemy, theseat of the Salakenoi or Śālaṅkāyanas. If this identification be accepted, the antiquity of the city may be carried back to the second century A.D.

(Source): archive.org: Geography in Ancient Indian inscriptions

The Vengi (or Venginadu) is a region spread over the mandals of Godavari and Krishna districts. The capital city of Vengi is located at Pedavegi near Eluru. This area was part of Kalinga until that kingdom was conquered by Emperor Ashoka of the Mauryan Empire in the mid-3rd century BC. After the Mauryan Empire collapsed in 185 BC, the region was dominated by the Satavahanas, who were succeeded in Vengi by the Andhra Ikshvakus. Around 300 AD, the Andhra Ikshvakus were replaced by the Salankayanas, who were vassals of the Pallavas of Southern India. In the late 5th century, the Salankayanas were annexed by the Vishnukundinas.

King Pulakesin II of the Chalukya conquered Vengi from the Vishnukundinas in the early 7th century and installed his brother Kubja Vishnuvardhana as the viceroy. He eventually established the Eastern Chalukya dynasty. The Eastern Chalukyas were first conquered by the Cholas under Raja Raja Chola I (985-1014) and subsequently became very closely aligned to the Chola empire.

(Source): Wikipedia: India History

Veṅgi (वेङ्गि).—The Eastern Cālukyas ruled the kingdom of Veṅgi, which comprised Andhra and part of Kaliṅga, for more than five hundred years. During this period they developed there a civilisation of a high order which was their own. Veṅgi was the capital of Andhra.

(Source): Eastern Calukyas: Administration and Culture
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