|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Body||Macherla Municipality|
|• Chairperson||Nelluri Mangamma (Telugu Desam Party)|
|• Total||13.48 km2 (5.20 sq mi)|
|Elevation||136 m (446 ft)|
|• Density||7,900/km2 (20,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
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It is capital of the region Palnadu. The name Macherla originated from Mahadevi Cherla. This town is in the heart of Palnadu, and has a history of over a thousand years. The famous battle Palnati Yudhdham (War of Palnadu) took place between Macherla and Gurajala between 1176 AD – 1182 AD. The Palnadu Battle is also called the Andhra Mahabharatam because of several similarities. The town is renowned for the Chennakesava Swamy temple built here during the reign of the Haihaya Kings. Palanati Brahmanaidu is the minister to Haihaya kings, who tried to abolish the caste system by "Chapa Koodu" or "Sahapankthi Bhojanalu" in the 12th century.
Macherla is located at  It has an average elevation of 136 metres (446 feet). It is located 23 kilometers from Nagarjuna Sagar. Jerri Vagu is the source of water for the town and the surrounding villages..
As of 2011[update] census of India, the city had a population of 1,06,289. The average literacy rate stands at 71.13% with 86,176 literates, significantly higher than the state average of 67.41%.
Governance and politicsEdit
Macherla Municipality is the civic body of the town and constituted in the year 1983. The municipality is classified as second grade and has a jurisdictional area of the municipality is present area of the corporation is 32.94 km2 (12.72 sq mi). Nelluri Mangamma is the present chairman of the municipality.
Culture and tourismEdit
Nagarjunakonda Museum Nagarjunakonda, meaning the hill of Nagarjuna, was named after the Buddhist scholar and savant Acharya Nagarjuna. It was a great religious centre promoting Brahmanism and Buddhist faiths, moulding the early phases of art and architecture affiliated with them. The Ethipothala Falls lies 8 km from Macherla, is a mountain stream cascading down the hills as Chandravanka and Suryavanka streams. The Suryavanka falls from a height of 21 meters into a lagoon and joins River Krishna.The lord Sri Lakshmi Chennakesava swami temple is most famous temple which was rebuilt by Bramhanidu the statue of Lord Chennakesava is from Treta yuga. Every year the local festival called Tirunalla from Vaisaka Suddha Purnima to Panchami the 5th day is Rathotsavam which was the second largest in state
The town has a total road length of 76.23 km (47.37 mi).
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