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Amaravati is a small town situated on the banks of the Krishna River in the Guntur District (of which it is a mandal) of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is famous for the Amareswara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is one of the famous Pancharamas. Amaravati, also known as en:Dhanyakataka/en:Dharanikota was the site of a great Buddhist Stupa built in pre-Mauryan times. It was also the capital of Satavahana, the first great Andhra kings who ruled from the 2nd century BCE to the 3rd century CE, after the downfall of Maurya empire. 16°34′48″N 80°21′36″E / 16.58°N 80.36°E / 16.58; 80.36