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Gudimallam is a village in Yerpedu block, Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh state of India. It is located about 21 kilometers southwest of Kalahasti town, and the nearest major city is Tirupati. It is especially famous for the Gudimallam Lingam in one of the village's temples.
Gudimallam is one of many small villages in a valley of Eastern Ghats of India that passes through Kalahasti and Kuppam. These Ghats along with small rivers originating in these rocky hills and mountains stretch along the eastern coast of India. The village Gudimallam is surrounded by agricultural fields irrigated by the waters of river Swarnamukhi located about 1 kilometer northwest of the village and one that originates in Chandragiri hills. The valley is punctuated by forested Tirumala and Horsely hills rich in trapezoid rock called Tirupati Khandolite, a rock that was historically the building material for several temples in Gudimallam and many more in the Kalahasti and Chittoor region.
Gudimallam and nearby valley and hills of the Kalahasti region have had a long history of human habitation. These have included the souras, koyas, sugalis, chenchus, kuruas and others. Archaeological and epigraphical studies suggest that Gudimallam Lingam, one of the oldest Shiva Linga in the world is in the Parasuramesvara temple, one of the temples in Gudimallam. The Lingam has been variously dated between 3rd-century BCE and 2nd-century CE. Further, around this same lingam, the site had a brick apsidal temple by about the 2nd or 3rd-century CE, which was in later centuries rebuilt and expanded many times as evidenced by several inscriptions on its walls.
According to 2011 Census of India, the village included 431 hectares and had a population of 2,017 people living in 552 houses. The village is covered by post office zip code of 517620, and has a gram panchayat named Gundala Kandriga KCK. The nearest railway station is Renigunta, about 12 kilometers from Gudimallam.
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- P Arundhati (2002). Annapurna: A Bunch of Flowers of Indian Culture. Concept. pp. 40–42. ISBN 9788170228974.
- P Arundhati (2002). Annapurna: A Bunch of Flowers of Indian Culture. Concept. pp. 40–44. ISBN 9788170228974.
- Gudimallam, DISTRICT SURVEY REPORT- CHITTOOR DISTRICT, Department of Mines and Geology, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India (2018)