Vijayawada literally translates to "The Place of Victory". It is also known as Bezawada . It is the second largest and populos city in Andhra Pradesh, India and is located on the banks of the Krishna River.
The city is the second largest city in the state by population and third most densely populated urban built-up areas in the world. Vijayawada is often referred as the Commercial capital of Andhra Pradesh and is classified as a Y-grade city by the Sixth Central Pay Commission. The city is the second most populous in the state with a population of more than one million. It was recognised as a "Global City of the Future" by McKinsey Quarterly, which expected an increase to GDP of $17 billion by 2025. In October 2018, it was awarded with ISO 37120 platinum level certification and has been added to the "Global Cities Registry". There are many legends behind the origin of the name Vijayawada. Goddess Durga killed Mahishasura and relaxed at this place. As she was victorious, the place came to be known as Vijayawada (vijaya translates to victory and wada as place, literally meaning The Place of Victory).