Hospet

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Hospet
City
Hosapete
Tungabadhra Dam near Hospet
Tungabadhra Dam near Hospet
Nickname(s): Steel City, Back Door of Vijayanagara
Hospet is located in Karnataka
Hospet
Hospet
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 15°16′N 76°23′E / 15.27°N 76.39°E / 15.27; 76.39Coordinates: 15°16′N 76°23′E / 15.27°N 76.39°E / 15.27; 76.39
Country  India
State  Karnataka
District Ballari district
Founded by Sri KrishnaDevaraya
Named for Nagalapura
Government
 • Type Municipal Council
 • Body CMC
Area[1]
 • Total 67.89 km2 (26.21 sq mi)
Elevation 479 m (1,572 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 206,167
 • Rank

224th in India (13th in Karnataka)

MLA = Anand Singh (ex tourism state minister)
 • Density 3,000/km2 (7,900/sq mi)
Languages
 • Official Kannada
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN 583 201, 02, 03, 11, 23, 25
Telephone code 08394
Vehicle registration KA-35

Hosapete, also known as Hospet, is a city in Ballari District in central Karnataka, India. It is located on the Tungabhadra River, 12 km from Hampi. Hampi is a World Heritage site containing the ruins of the medieval city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire.

History[edit]

Hosapete city was built in 1520 AD by Krishna Deva Raya, one of the rulers of Vijayanagara. He built the city in honour of his mother Naagalaambika. The city was originally named Naagalapura; however, people referred to the city as Hosa Pete, which meant "New City". The area between Hampi and Hosapete is still called Naagalapura. This was the main entrance to the city of Vijayanagara for travellers coming from the west coast.

The current MLA for this area is Anand Singh.[2] The government approved a request to rename the city in October 2014, and Hospet was renamed "Hosapete" on 1 November 2014.[3]

About[edit]

Hosapete is well connected to several important cities in India. Ballari is located approximately 60 km away. Hosapete Junction railway station lies on Hubballi-Guntakal railway line. Bangalore is 330 km away. In addition, the city has a well-developed market area. Hosapete is a well-known tourist destination, mainly due to its proximity to Hampi and Tungabhadra Dam. Hosapete is also noted for its iron ore mining and steel plants.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 census, the total population of Hospet was 206,159. The town has an average literacy rate of 80%, with male literacy at 85% and female literacy at 67%. In Hospet, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Religions in Hospet
Religion Percent
Hindus
71%
Muslims
20%
Christians
3.3%
Jain
5%
Others†
0.7%
Distribution of religions
Includes Sikhs (0.2%), Buddhists (<0.2%).
60 years for T.B DAM

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "District Census Handbook – Guntur" (PDF). Census of India. The Registrar General & Census Commissioner. p. 22. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Mine lessees slug it out in Vijayanagar". The Hindu.
  3. ^ New City, Names to Karnatka. "New name for cities". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 November 2014.