ei mata vidyānagare sākṣi-gopāla
sevā aṅgīkāra kari' āchena cira-kāla
ei mata—in this way; vidyānagare—in the town of Vidyānagara; sākṣi-gopāla—the witness Gopāla; sevā—service; aṅgīkāra—acceptance; kari'-doing; āchena—remains; cira-kāla—a long time.
This city of Vidyānagara is situated in Trailaṅga-deśa, South India, on the bank of the river Godāvarī. The place where the Godāvarī flows into the Bay of Bengal is called Koṭadeśa. The Orissa kingdom was very powerful, and this Koṭadeśa was the capital of Orissa. It was then known as Vidyānagara. Formerly this city was situated on the southern side of the river Godāvarī. At that time King Puruṣottama-deva managed to control Orissa and appoint a government. The present city of Vidyānagara is on the southeast side of the river, only twenty to twenty-five miles from Rājamahendrī. During the time of Mahārāja Pratāparudra, Śrī Rāmānanda Rāya was the governor there. Vijaya-nagara is not identical with Vidyānagara.
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