Mangapet

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Mangapet
village and mandal
Malluru Temple in Mangapet Mandal
Malluru Temple in Mangapet Mandal
Mangapet is located in Andhra Pradesh
Mangapet
Mangapet
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 18°15′N 80°31′E / 18.25°N 80.52°E / 18.25; 80.52Coordinates: 18°15′N 80°31′E / 18.25°N 80.52°E / 18.25; 80.52
Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
District Warangal
Talukas Mangapet
Elevation 528 m (1,732 ft)
Population
 • Total 20,000
Languages
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Mangapet is a village and mandal (administrative division) in the Warangal district in Andhra Pradesh, India.[1]

History[edit]

The history of Mangapet spans nearly 600 years. The Tehsil (administrative division) serves as the headquarters of the area.

Geography and climate[edit]

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).

Economy[edit]

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.

Culture[edit]

Telugu is the language spoken by the majority of the population in Mangapet. Both traditional attire, such as saree and dhoti, and modern dress styles are worn.

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.

Tourist attractions[edit]

The Shiva temple in Mangapet, unique because the deity faces west, is 400 years old.

Shri Laxmi-Narasimha Swamy temple[2] 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.

Nearby cities and towns[edit]

Warangal (district headquarters) and Bhadrachalam are other famous tourist places, around 100 km from Mangapet.

Mangapet has 27 gram panchayats, including Komatipalli and mukkidi poshamma temple.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Sub-Districts". Census of India. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  2. ^ http://www.hemachalam.info