Mandasa was established as a Zamindari under the British rule in the Mid-Nineteenth century. The hereditary rulers of the place prior to being recognised as a Zamindari were the ruling chiefs of the Mandasa Raj. The genealogy of the current rulers can be traced to the 13th century ruler Raja Vaman Deo who established his rule over the region spanning parts of the Eastern Ghats, the plains beneath and the Bay of the Bengal as a natural boundary. It is said that the name Mandasa aka Manjusha means beautiful dawn. Legend has it that the king opened his eyes after being in deep meditation and saw through a cloud less sky the rising sun over the Bay, thus giving it the name Manjusha. Despite being more than 30 km away, and atop a peak 5000 feet high the sea at sun rise appears invitingly near. The site known as Mahendragiri is now host to ancient temples dedicated to the Pandavas of the Hindu epic-Mahabharatha. This mystical peak acts as a point of origin for the Mahendra river that runs right across Mandasa nourishing the entire region before pouring into the Sea.