in Motupalli seek to revive a historic temple of Veerabhadraswamy located in
the village. Motupalli village is located in the coastal region of Andhra Pradesh
in Chinnaganjam mandal of Prakasam district.
Veerabhadraswamy (form of Lord Shiva) temple was
built during the reign of Chola dynasty. It has inscriptions in
Telugu and Tamil and also host Panchaloha idols.The
temple remains closed after
Archaeology Dept. took it over for conservation and preservation.
has been an important port with flourishing trade with South Asian countries
especially during the medieval period. The village is also referred
to as ‘Mohanagiripuram’. Motupalli is also referred in the accounts of Italian
merchant Marco Polo who visited the Motupalli in the 13th century.
prominence of Motupalli declined gradually with the advent of the Britishers on
the East coast who focused their trading activities mostly from Machilipatnam
(located in the present Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh)
taken up by the Archaeology Department had led to unearthing of Chinese ware
and copper coins of the Ming dynasty, coins belonging to the Chola era and
bronze articles and pottery in Motupalli.