The Battle of Padmanabham occurred in Padmanabham on 10 July 1794. This is a Battle of Padmanabham between Zamindari of Vizianagaram led by Vijayram Raj II and East India Company Madras Presidency Forces led by Colonel Pendergast, on behalf of the British Governor of Madras, Sir Charles Oakley. The British emerged victoriously and the zamindar was shot dead in the middle of the battle. As a consequence of the war, Vizianagaram was ceded to the British territories and became a tributary estate or Zamindari.
By 1768, the tribal areas such as Parlakimidi, Ganjam, Mohiri, Gunsuru, and Pratapagiri were ruled by 20 Zamindars. They have 34 forts and maintained approximately 35,000 armed troops. Many of these zamindars revolted against the English East India Company. Some of the castles were located in the hills of the Manyam. Therefore, the defeated rebel Zamindars retreated into the Hill fortress. After the death of Ananda Gajapatiraju, Vijayaramaraju became Raja of the Vizianagaram Zamindar. Still, he was a boy. So Sitaramaraju was appointed as divan, the son of his stepmother. When Rajah came to age, he removed Sitaramaraju from Diwani. Diwan was angered by this action, he formed an alliance with the English.
The British attempted to increase payment of peskas from Vijayanagara Zamindar and to reduce the strength of his army and ordered him to pay his dues of 8,50,000 peskas. Raja argued that he had no dues, the British had captured Vijayanagara on 2 August 1793. British ordered that Vijayaramaraju must go to exile Masulipatnam with a pension of Rs 1200 per month. However, Vijayaramaraju refused these orders and he went to Battle of Padmanabham located between the Bhimunipatnam and Vizianagaram. The British troops defeated the Vizianagaram army and Chinavijayaramaraju died due to bullet injury in the battle.
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