Ponnur

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Ponnur
పొన్నూరు
Town
Ponnur is located in Andhra Pradesh
Ponnur
Ponnur
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 16°04′00″N 80°34′00″E / 16.0667°N 80.5667°E / 16.0667; 80.5667Coordinates: 16°04′00″N 80°34′00″E / 16.0667°N 80.5667°E / 16.0667; 80.5667
Country India
State Andhra Pradesh
District Guntur
Government
 • MLA Dulipala Narendra Kumar
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 59,913
Languages
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 522 124
Telephone code +91–8643
Sex ratio 1:0.96 /
Website Ponnur Municipality

Ponnur 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 Ponnur mandal and administered under Tenali Revenue Division.[3][4]

Etymology[edit]

The word Ponnuru derives from the combination of two Tamil words Pon+Uru which means Village of gold. This town is also used to be called as Swarnapuri meaning the same "Town of Gold".

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011 Census of India, the town had a population of 59,913. The total population constitute, 29,486 males, 30,427 females and 5,507 children, in the age group of 0–6 years. The average literacy rate stands at 78.33% with 42,617 literates, significantly higher than the national average of 73.00%.[1][5]

Governance[edit]

Civic Administration

The Ponnur municipality was formed in 1964 as III–Grade municipality and was constituted as II–Grade municipality in 1984. The municipal administration covers an area of 26.16 km2 (10.10 sq mi).[6]

Politics

Ponnuru (Assembly constituency) is one of the 17 constituencies in Guntur district, representing Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly. Ponnur town is a part of Ponnuru (Assembly constituency), which covers Ponnur, Chebrolu and Pedakakani mandals.[7] Dhulipalla Narendra Kumar is the present MLA of the constituency from Telugu Desam Party.[8][9]

Transport[edit]

Ponnuru is situated on Guntur-Chirala State Highway of Andhra Pradesh.[2] Nearest railway station is located at Nidubrolu (a twin town of Ponnur), on Vijayawada–Chennai section. The station is administratered under Vijayawada Railway Division of South Central Railway zone.[10]

Temples[edit]

This historic town is famous for two temples, Sri Sakshi Bhavanarayana Swamy Temple and Sri Sahasralingeswara Swamy Temple. Sakshi Bhavanarayanaswamy Temple has a story relating that Lord Vishnu has come from Kasi to this place to prove that one of his devotees is innocent. Hence, Ponnuru is also called 'Chinna Kasi'. The annual festival to this temple occurs in the month of May, which is celebrated as "Tirunalla". Thousands of people from different places attend this festival.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Census 2011". The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Basic Information of Municipality". Commissioner & Director of Municipal Administration. Municipal Administration & Urban Development Department, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Guntur District – At a Glance" (PDF). Official Website of Guntur District. National Informatics Centre. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mandal wise villages" (PDF). Revenue Department - AP Land. National Informatics Center. p. 9. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Chapter–3 (Literates and Literacy rate)" (PDF). Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Basic Information of Municipality". Commissioner & Director of Municipal Administration. Municipal Administration & Urban Development Department, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "DELIMITATION OF PARLIAMENTARY AND ASSEMBLY CONSTITUENCIES ORDER, 2008" (PDF). Election Commission of India. p. 22,31. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "AP Legislature MLAs". AP State Portal. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Tenali Assembly 2014 Election Results". Elections.in. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Nidubrolu Map". India Rail Info. Retrieved 17 January 2015.