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History of Yanam

Yanam was once a French colony and is presently a part of the Union Territory of Pondicherry. The French presence is seen in the stained glass work of the local church dating back to 1769 and at the French cemetery. Yanam has its share of fascinating stories about French ghosts haunting the French colony.

The ancient church has a plaque paying tribute to a young French soldier by the name of Victor Simonel who died fighting heroically in a battle at the tender age of 22. This heightens the slightly melancholic mood of the place. Devotees stream in regularly offering prayers. The bright red French cap of the traffic policeman adds a sense of romance to all this.

How to reach

There is no railway line in Yanam region. The nearest railway station is at Kakinada (Headquarters of East Godavari District) which is 26 kms. away on the East. It is an important trade centre and port town and there is a District road connecting it to Yanam. Yanam is also linked by another road on the west of Ramachandrapuram and Rajahmundry. A new bridge, forming part of NH 214, was constructed across river Gauthami connecting Yanam with Yedurlanka. This bridge, thrown open to the public, now serves as an important way of approach to Yanam.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is at Kakinada, which is only 26 km away, and Kakinada is well connected to cities like Chennai, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and other important places.

About Yanam

For a first time visitor, Yanam is full of surprises but its earthy charm and mysticism cast a magical spell of the places. The wide variation in a natural environment has resulted in the evolution of a unique culture's with so many variations and diversities, ther is so much to explore in Yanam.

Highlights of Yanam at Glance

Yanam provides some breath-taking sights of Rajiv Gandhi Beach at the bank of river Gowtami Godavari where Sivam bath with Gaint Shivlingam and Elephant twins, a 26 feet high bronge Bharatha Matha statue (probebly the biggest in India), an almost similar statue of Jesus 26 feet, a magnificent ship like prayer hall for Muslim friends and almost a kilometer length sand filled shore with greenery all around including a fully equipped children park designed by highly professionals. There are plenty of most beautiful rock benches for the visitors to sit and relax and to view the marvelous creations of both man and God.

Though too small for a town in its size, you really image to find Yanam with clean roads, beautiful parks like Buddha Park and a perfect living atmosphere. There are several famous temples including Lord Venkanna, Load Pillaraya, Goddes Durga an ancient RC Church built during French ruled government and famous Mosque.

A 101 meters high tower similar to Eiffel Tower in Paris which is being constructed is

another special attraction to Yanam. During the recent years there is rapid development in Yanam in order to provide all the facilities to the people like Health, Educatin, Sports and Games, Water and Electricity what not, everything. An indoor stadium with international standards being inaugurated remain a land mark of glorious of Yanam.

Above all, the Old Age Home is a peaceful and charitable shelter to the poor children and old people run by the Yanam People's Voluntery Organisation.

Sri Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy International Indoor Stadium

The construction of International Indoor Stadium at Yanam has commenced in the year 2004 and completed in the year 2010 at the cost of Rs.20 crores, with an aim to develop sports and games activities among the people of Yanam region and to conduct National and International level competitions.

It has a play area of 1292 Sq. Mts. having a seating capacity of 2100 persons and play area is flexible with can accommodate one

basket ball court, Two Badmintorn Courts, Three Table Tennis Board and one Volley Ball Court.

Provision is also there for Multi Gym, Billiards and Weightlifting, besides there other basic infrastructural facilities like VIP, Press/TV Gallery, Change Room, Coach Room, Store Room along with entrance lobby in 4 sides for audience, 2 nos of VIP entrance and other facilities are provided.

Besides all these, other salient features of the Indoor Stadium is its is provided with Automatic Electrical control room with fire

fighting system, illumination of 14 lux intensity and Air conditioning capacity of 240 tonnes have been installed to auditorium.

Important Festivals - Yanam.

This temple is well known as "Venkanna Babu Temple", "Chaldikudu Venkanna Temple" and "Meesala Venkanna Temple".

It has been very famous for performing Child Marriages in pre independence tenure. Due to the dedicated efforts by the Social Reformer, Shri Raja Rama Mohan Roy, the "Sarada Act" (prevention of Child Marriages") was implemented by the then British Govt. in India.

As the Yanam Region is under the control of French Rule, the people from the nearby State, used to come this Temple for performing the Child Marriages.Even the People from the Madras,Hyderabad and other long distant places, also came to Yanam for their Child Marriages. Daily, some thousands of Marriages were performed in this temple.Hence, Yanam was also called as "KALYANA PURAM".

The speciality of the Temple is the Swamy Idol is having big mustaches like the Lord Sathyanarayana Swamy of Annavaram.This temple was built by the kings of Rajamahendravaram, now called as "Rajahmundry" in 15th Century. Now, We can see the sculptures of those period in this temple.

The Venkanna Festival will be celebrated in the month of March every year by the people

of Yanam in very grand manner. The festival will be continued for one month.Lord Venkateswara Kalyanam is the main day of the festival. Ponnavahanam, Radha yatra and Chakrateertham are the important events of the festival. In these days nearly 1.5 lakhs of devotees will come to Yanam to take the grace of the Lord Venkanna Babu.


The Venkanna Festival will be celebrated in the month of March every year by the people of Yanam in very grand manner. The festival will be continued for one month.Lord Venkateswara Kalyanam is the main day of the festival. Ponnavahanam, Radha yatra and Chakrateertham are the important events of the festival. In these days nearly 1.5 lakhs of devotees will come to Yanam to take the grace of the Lord Venkanna Babu.

The Ratham weight is around 15 Tonnes. It was built in 1950 by the then Committee. It was partially damaged to the heavy Cyclone in Nov'1996. It was rennovated in 1998.This Ratham was carried through out entire Yanam Town in earlier days. After the Electrification Works, this route is limited from Kunameddy Junction to the New Bus Stand. It will be carried out by only the devotees with full of slogans, bhajans.

The Govt. declares Holiday for all Govt. Offices on this special event.

The site for the Mosque wasa dontaed by the French Government in 1848. That time small Mosque was constructed. Then in 1956, the same was remodelled. The same was demolished in 1978 and a new Mosque was constructed. Now, in 1999-2000 the Mosque was extended as the Grand Mosque in the predidentship of M.A.Sirajuddin.


The Grants for this Mosque was received from the Walf Board, Pondicherry with the cooperation of Shri M.Krishna Rao, MLA, Yanam.

At present around 200 persons can pray in the Mosque. Every Year, Ramzan, Bakrid, Milad Nabi functions will be clebrated grandly.


The Mosque covers the people of nearby villages like Thallarevu, Kolanka, Sunkarapalem which are in the adjacent State Andhra Pradesh.

There is a special importance to Pondicherry in which many religions, castes and languages are in existance, and there is another special imprtance to yanam which is physically in Andhra Pradesh state and politicially in the part of Pondicherry. Yanam is having 300 years of History which is being well known as a 'French yanam' This region was ruled by French People for 300 years. The monument of the Catholic Church' French rulers is the 'The rememberance of the French Rulers is


linked with this church. This church was built under Eeroupian style.There is is none other church available like this church. The furniture,decoration articles were imported from France. This church was built in the year 1846 by the Franch missionarie.The foundation stone was laid down by Father Michel Lecnam and he was died in the year 1836 April 30th without completion of the church work. For his rememberance a culvert was fixed in this church.The church work was completed in the year 1846. There is another special attraction in this church is that a hill temple was built in this premises of the church by the french rulers,and there is another hill temple behind the church which was built by the English engineers.



There was an history behind this chruch that in the year 1943 a Ship named Villiam B. Augustus, was thrown to a sand island due to heavy cyclone. Though they tried hard to rescue the ship consisting of 1000 tonnes by using all manpower, it was invain. The ship stayed for one year in the same place without an inch of moment. At that time, one engineer by name E.H.Swini was deputed from America for this purpose. He also tried and came to a conclusion that this task would not be possible with manpower. And he worshipped the Lord '

Mary Maa' and all of sudden the ship moved from the sand island. In tribute of the Lord Mary Maa, the engineer and his wife constructed this church in yanam. This history can also be seen now in the hill temple behind this church.


From then, every year in March, a major festival is being celebrated. Devotees from various neighbouring places used to come here and worship the Lord Mary Maa. The very remarkable thing is that the devotees are not only from the Christians but also Muslims, Hindua and other religions.