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Found during the 17th century by Pedda Rayudu, Bobbili is a town which lies in the Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh. Initially, the town was named "Pedda-Puli" which means the big tiger after Sher Muhammad Khan, the Nawab of Srikakulam. He had granted it as a present to Maharaja of Venkatgiri for his services in his southern campaign. Over the period of time, the town came to be known as "Pebbuli", then "Bebbuli" and finally, "Bobbili".
The Battle of Bobbili fought in 1757 by the Vizianagaram Kings with the help of French General Marquis de Bussy, is one of the most significant events in the history of Andhra Pradesh. This battle is responsible for giving Bobbili the glamour of eternal bravery. Apart from this battle, the town is also famous for the Fort of Bobbili and the Venugopala Swami Temple. The town is popular for manufacturing Veena and the unique style to play it which was developed over three centuries and is known as Bobbili Veena Sampradayam.
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