are also legends about the Kshetra Mahatmyam and the Kshetramurthy Mahatmyam hen-. The
Sthalapurana has the following to say about this.
Once there was a town called Dhanyaka-
takam. Dhanyakatakam is the same as Varanasi or the holy Kasi.
Lord Amareswara is no other than Lord Vishwanatha and the river Krishna at this spot is
no other than the river Ganga.
So far as the Sthala Mahatmyam goes, the same results will be obtained by reaching
Amaravati, having a bath in Krishna river, and worshipping Lord Amareswara, as any devotee
will get, if he reaches Benaras, has a bath in the river Ganges,and worships Lord
Lord Siva with his Pramatha ganas was residing in Dhanyakataka. He was also called as
Crounchanathudu. The capital of this Crounchapuri is called Amaravati.
The legend goes on to say that once, the Devatas were
defeated by the Rakshasas and, after getting the boon of Lord Siva, that he would kill the
Rakshasas, the Devatas in refuge came to reside in this Dhanyakataka and from that time
onwards it is called Amaravati. Or the abode of the Amaras.