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Nagalapuram is a Mandal Headquarter in Chittoor district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is the mandal headquarters of Nagalapuram mandal in Tirupati revenue division.[3][4] This town is home to Vedanarayana Temple, where the presiding deity Vishnu is in the form of Matsya, the first incarnation of Dasavatara.[5]

Nagalapuram
Nagalapuram Hill Streams
Nagalapuram Hill Streams
Nagalapuram is located in Andhra Pradesh
Nagalapuram
Nagalapuram
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Nagalapuram is located in India
Nagalapuram
Nagalapuram
Nagalapuram (India)
Coordinates: 13°23′20″N 79°47′48″E / 13.3889°N 79.7967°E / 13.3889; 79.7967Coordinates: 13°23′20″N 79°47′48″E / 13.3889°N 79.7967°E / 13.3889; 79.7967
CountryIndia
StateAndhra Pradesh
DistrictChittoor
SubdistrictNagalapuram
Founded byShri Krishna Devaraya
Area
 • Total14.32 km2 (5.53 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[2]
 • Total11,166
 • Density780/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Languages
 • OfficialTelugu
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)

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HistoryEdit

Nagalapuram the temple town is built at the time of Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara Empire regime in memory of his mother Nagamamba Devi. Hence, it became Sri Nagalapuram. Before the change of its name to Nagalapuram, this village was known as Harigandapuram.

GeographyEdit

 
View of a valley along the trekking route

Nagalapuram is located at 13°24′00″N 79°47′00″E / 13.4000°N 79.7833°E / 13.4000; 79.7833.[6] It has an average elevation of 64 meters (213 feet).

CultureEdit

 
Main entrance of the temple (renewed)

Temple reflects the Vijayanagara architectural style Vedanarayana swamy idol facing west. The sanctum sanctorum has Vedanarayana swamy with his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi on either side. This is a Matsya Avatar of Lord Vishnu first Avatar, who saved the four vedas from Somakudu and returned to Brahma. Temple Brahmostavam comes on Shukla Dwadasi, Trayodasi and Chaturdasi of Phalguni masam (Telugu calendar). Temple architecture is done in such a way that during these three days, the sun rays fall on the main deity feet, navel and forehead, called as "Suriya Pooja". This remarks the start of Summer season as per the holy inscriptions available in the temple.[7]

Nagalapuram FallsEdit

Nagalapuram Falls is a waterfall which attracts many tourists. It offers a great trekking opportunity as you go into the forest in the Eastern Ghats. The trek is very scenic and one can see streams along the trek route. There are 3 waterfalls you come across and each of them has a pool next to it. The water is very clean and refreshing.[8]

 
Views around the trekking route

Trekkers can visit the trekking route which is about 4 KM in length and offers majestic views of three waterfalls with pristine waters. Parking facility is available at the beginning of the trek with reasonable charges. Due to its proximity to Chennai, large number of people visit the waterfalls each year and this has started taking a toll on the environment around the trek which is now heavily littered with waste left by trekkers.

The third waterfall, which is last in the series, has a deep pool which should not be explored without adequate safety equipment such as life jackets and due to negligence this has resulted in several drownings at this pool.[9]

 
View of summit (around 830 m)

DemographicsEdit

Total Number of House Hold : 2830

Population Persons Males Females Total 11,166 5,468 5,698 In the age group 0–6 years 1,072 588 484 Scheduled Castes (SC) 4,296 2,164 2,132 Scheduled Tribes (ST) 228 118 110 Literates 7,216 3,917 3,299

Notable PeopleEdit

Upcoming Movie Lyricist Sukumar Radarapu of Hrudaya Kaleyam Movie belongs to this Mandal. Gummidipoondi MLA contestant from BJP in 2006 TamilNadu Assembly elections Mr.R.L Narasaiah Chowdhary's born in this Mandal.


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "District Census Handbook – Chittoor" (PDF). Census of India. p. 19,394. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Census 2011". The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  3. ^ "District Level Mandal wise List of Villages in Andhra Pradesh" (PDF). Chief Commissioner of Land Administration. National Informatics Centre. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 December 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Chittoor District Mandals" (PDF). Census of India. pp. 479, 515. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Sun rays enter temple a day before Surya Puja festival". The Hindu. 25 March 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  6. ^ Falling Rain Genomics.Nagalapuram
  7. ^ [1] Sri Veda Narayana Swamy Brahmotsavams in Nagalapuram From 4 to 12 May
  8. ^ [2] Nagalapuram Hills: Scenic beauty by the ghats – Article in Deccan Chronicle
  9. ^ "After accident, Nagalapuram police step up watch". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 15 February 2018. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 11 December 2018.CS1 maint: others (link)