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Malluru Temple in Mangapet Mandal
|Elevation||528 m (1,732 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
The history of Mangapet spans nearly 600 years. The Tehsil (administrative division) serves as the headquarters of the area.
Geography and climate
Mangapet is located at 18°51′N 81°15′E / 17.0°N 80.58°E / 18.1; 80.58. It has an average elevation of 502 metres (1,510 feet). It is about 120 kilometers from Warangal (district headquarters) and 260 kilometers from Hyderabad, and encompasses a riverbed which is 7 to 8 square kilometers.
Mangapet has three distinguishable seasons: summer, monsoon, and winter. Summer begins in late February and ends in early June. Monsoon season starts in late June and ends in early October. Winter in Mangapet is pleasant and lasts from late October until early February. The large areas of forests result in cooler temperatures in the early morning and evening, with warmer daytime temperatures. Winter, during which there is little or no humidty, is the best time to visit Mangapet. The average winter temperatures range between 20°C–23°C (63°F–73°F).
Mangapet's economy is predominantly agricultural. Cotton was a major cash crop in the early 1990s. However, the cotton sector saw trouble in recent years, leaving Mangapet a mostly rice-growing region. Most farmers now grow rice, both for subsistence and trade.
Major Hindu festivals, such as Bathukamma festival, Dussehra, Diwali, and Sankranti, are celebrated in Mangapet. The Bathukamma festival is very famous and is celebrated by the women worshiping the goddess for nine days with various flowers. Bathukamma is also called Navratri in some states of Great India.
The district also hosts the Sammakka Saralamma Jatara or congregation. Every two years (bi-annually), approximately 10-15 million people converge for over three days around the small village of Medaram and its adjacent stream/rivulet, Jampanna Vagu, 50 km from Mangapet village. This fair is possibly the largest repeating congregation of tribal communities in the world and commemorates the valiant fight put up by a mother-daughter combination (Sammakka and Sarakka) with the reigning Kakatiya king over an unjust law.
Bonalu festivals, symbolic of the Telangana region, are also celebrated here.
The Shiva temple in Mangapet, unique because the deity faces west, is 400 years old.
Shri Laxmi-Narasimha Swamy temple in Mallur (7 km away from Mangapet) is located deep in the forests by the southern banks of the Godhavari River. Chinthamani Lake is a freshwater lake.
The Godavari river flows close to the town of Mallur.