Gudivada

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Gudivada
గుడివాడ
City
loco at Gudivada Train station
loco at Gudivada Train station
Gudivada is located in Andhra Pradesh
Gudivada
Gudivada
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 16°26′N 80°59′E / 16.43°N 80.99°E / 16.43; 80.99Coordinates: 16°26′N 80°59′E / 16.43°N 80.99°E / 16.43; 80.99
Country India
State Andhra Pradesh
District Krishna
District Gudivada
Area[1]
 • Total 12.67 km2 (4.89 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 118,289
 • Density 9,300/km2 (24,000/sq mi)
Languages
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 521301
Telephone code 91-08674
Vehicle registration AP-16

Gudivada is a census town, municipality and revenue division in Krishna district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

History[edit]

Excavations in the nineteenth century at the stupa mound in Gudivada revealed three reliquaries from the 1st Century AD made of steatite and rock crystal that are now kept in the British Museum.[2]
Holy relic sites map of Andhra Pradesh

The name Gudivada was derived from Gudi meaning Temple and Vada means Settlement or town in Telugu language. The presence of Habitation at this town may be dated back to 3rd Century BCE or 2nd Century BCE since the time of Sathavahanas as per some inscriptions.[3] Archaeological excavations[4] conducted at Gudivada yielded an ancient Buddhist Stupa Mound and Jain relics. Gudivada is religiously diversified small town with many Hindu Temples and important Jain Tirth[5] of Bhagawan Parshvanath located at market road.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011 India census, Gudivada had a population of 178,289[6] up from 112,245 in the 2001 census.[7] Males constituted 49.83% of the population and females 50.17%. Gudivada had an average literacy rate of 82.16%, higher than the national average of 74.04%: male literacy was 86.39%, and female literacy was 77.98%. In Gudivada, 8.4% of the population was under 6 years of age.

Climate[edit]

Gudivada falls in the hot humid region of the country and it is less than 35 miles from Bay of Bengal. The climate of the town is very hot and it is pleasant during the winter. The hottest day falls in the month of May with shift to June during some years. The maximum temperature observed is 50.3C and the minimum temperature observed is 09.80C.

Transport[edit]

NH 214 passes through the town which connects KathipudiPamarru.[8] Gudivada is one of the fourteen B–category stations in the Vijayawada railway division of South Central Railway zone.[9]

Vijayawada Airport is the nearest airport. It is about 36 km from Gudivada.

Sports[edit]

NTR Stadium is the main sports venue in Gudivada. The stadium is considered second best multi-purpose stadiums in the state after Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium in Vijaywada. It is used for several sports, like athletics, volleyball, cricket practice, kho kho, kabaddi, badminton, tennis and basketball.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andhra Pradesh Municipal Development Project" (PDF). Municipal Development Project. Government of Andhra Pradesh. p. 19. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  2. ^ British Museum Collection
  3. ^ Spectrum, Digital (2008-06-05). "Gudivada: Gudivada History". Livegudivada.blogspot.in. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  4. ^ "Archaeological Survey of India". Asihyd.ap.nic.in. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  5. ^ "Shri Gudivada Tirth - Jain Temples in Rest of India". www.Jinalaya.com. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  6. ^ "Gudivada City Population". Census 2011, Government of India. 
  7. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. 
  8. ^ "National Highways in A.P". AP Online Portal. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Divisional info" (PDF). Indian Railways. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "NTR Stadium all set to become more sporty". The Hindu.