There are many legends behind the origin of the name Vijayawada.Goddess Durga killed the demon and relaxed in this place for some time.There has been an underground drainage system in the city since 1967–68. Vijayawada is one of the cities to be covered under the Solar/Green Cities scheme launched by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and is one of the 15 cities in the country listed in Pilot Solar Cities.Many green parks are maintained by the corporation to protect the environment such as, Raghavaiah park, Rajiv Gandhi park, Dr. is headed by a Police Commissioner, who is an Indian Police Service officer of Additional Director General of Police rank along with one joint commissioner of police and four Deputy Commissioners of Police who are also IPS officers.The total population constitute, 524,918 males and 523,322 females — a sex ratio of 997 females per 1000 males — higher than the national average of 9.
The deity is described as Swayambhu (self-manifested) in Triteeya kalpa.
Vijayawada history reveals that Bezawada (Vijayawada) was ruled by King Madhava Varma (one of the kings of Vishnukundina dynasty).
Chinese Buddhist scholar Xuanzang stayed few years in Bezawada (Vijayawada) in around 640 A. to copy and study the Abhidhamma Pitaka, the last of the three pitakas (Pali for baskets) constituting the Pali canon, the scriptures of Theravada Buddhism.
It is one of the three Schools of Planning and Architecture (SPAs) established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in 2008 as an autonomous institute and a fully central funded institution.
The Sarvotthama Grandhalaya is a city library established on 30 March 1987.