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Macherla is located in Andhra Pradesh
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 16°29′N 79°26′E / 16.48°N 79.43°E / 16.48; 79.43Coordinates: 16°29′N 79°26′E / 16.48°N 79.43°E / 16.48; 79.43
Country India
State Andhra Pradesh
District Guntur
Elevation 136 m (446 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,20,000
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 522426
Telephone code 08642

Macherla is a town in Guntur district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the 12 municipalities in the district.[2] The town is the headquarters of Macherla mandal and administered under Gurazala revenue division.[3][4]


Macherla is located at 16°29′N 79°26′E / 16.48°N 79.43°E / 16.48; 79.43.[5] It has an average elevation of 136 metres (446 feet). It is located 23  kilometers from Nagarjuna Sagar.


As of 2001 India census,[6] Macherla had a population of 1,20,000 Macherla has an average literacy rate of 71.13%.


It is the 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.[7] 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. The annual festival, celebrated on a grand scale, attracts pilgrims and tourists from far and wide.Macherla is the best suitable place for small scale and large scale industries as there is lots of government land is available and only 2.5 Hrs journey to Shamshabad international airport.


Sri Laxmi Chennakesava Swamy Temple was built around the 13th century A.D and renovated by Reddi King "Peruri Muktiraju".[8] Another temple dedicated to Veerabhadraswamy is located in the Old town. It was built in the 18th century A.D. Laxmi Chennakesava Swamy temple was built around the 13th century A.D in Nagulavaram village, located 12 km from Macherla town.

Nagarjunakonda Museum Nagarjunakonda, meaning the hill of Nagarjuna, was named after the Buddhist scholar and savant Acharya Nagarjuna. It was a great religious center promoting Brahmanical and Buddhist faiths, molding the early phases of art and architecture affiliated with them.[9]

Ethipothala Falls is a mountain stream cascading down the hills from a height of 21.3 meters into a lagoon. This waterfall is a combination of three streams namely Chandravanka Vagu, Nakkala Vagu and Tummala Vagu. Nagarjuna Sagar dam is 24 km away from Macherla, the third largest man-made lake in the world and is also one of the most prominent Buddhist sites in Andhra Pradesh. Anupu is located 18 km from Macherla towards Nagarjuna Sagar. It is said that the Buddhist phiolosopher Nagarjuna taught in Anupu.

Famous People[edit]

  • Palanati Brahmanaidu - Minister to Haihaya kings who tried to abolish the caste system by "CHAPA KOODU" or "Sahapankthi Bhojanalu" in the 12th century.
  • Kanneganti Hanumanthu - Revolutionary and leader for the Pullari revolt.
  • Sri. Pulupula sivaiaih—famous poet, communist leader from athmakur village durgi mandal.
  • Brahma Sri Pokuri Kasipathi Avadhanulu, a famous poet. Rayavaram village people participated in palnaati yuddam. A small temple of swords is located in thummepally
  • Kavuri Rangaiah,Koka SivaRamaiah born in Kambhampadu Village. Legends in Macherla Mandal in 1970's. Known as Peoples' men. Prominent leaders of the area in times.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Census 2011". The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Urban Local Bodies". Commissioner & Director of Municipal Administration - Government of Andhra Pradesh. National Informatics Centre. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "New Gurazala revenue division created". The Hindu (Gurazala (Guntur District)). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Mandal wise villages" (PDF). Revenue Department - AP Land. National Informatics Center. pp. 5–6. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Macherla
  6. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  7. ^ Battle of Palnadu:
  8. ^ South Indian Inscriptions - Volume 10 - Reddy Dynasties Inscriptions @
  9. ^ "Macherla". Retrieved 2006-08-16. 

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