Hospet

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Hospet
City
Hosapete , Vijayanagara
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′08″N 76°23′27″E / 15.2689°N 76.3909°E / 15.2689; 76.3909Coordinates: 15°16′08″N 76°23′27″E / 15.2689°N 76.3909°E / 15.2689; 76.3909
Country India
StateKarnataka
DistrictVijayanagara district
Established1520 (501 years ago) (1520)
Founded byKrishnadevaraya
Named forNagalapura
Government
 • TypeCity Municipal Council
 • BodyCMC
Area
 • City70.12 km2 (27.07 sq mi)
Elevation
479 m (1,572 ft)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • City206,167
 • Rank224th India, 14th Karnataka
 • Density2,900/km2 (7,600/sq mi)
 • Metro
244,048
Languages
 • OfficialKannada
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
583 201, 02, 03, 11, 23, 25
Telephone code08394
Vehicle registrationKA-35

Hospet, officially, Hosapete, aka Hosupete, is a city and district headquarters of Vijayanagara district in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River and is 12 km from Hampi. The present day Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hosapete is the connecting link between North and South Karnataka.

History[edit]

Hosapete city was built in 1520 AD by Krishna Deva Raya, one of the prominent rulers of Vijayanagara Empire. He built the city in honor of his mother Naagalaambika. The city was originally named Naagalapura; however, people referred to the city as Hosa Pete, which means "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[4]-Guntakal railway line. The nearest airport from the city is Jindal Vidyanagar airport (Bellary airport) approximately 30 km away from Hosapete which serves flights to and from Bangalore and Hyderabad everyday. 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.

The Municipal Ground is good for evening walks, the sports club, occasional exhibitions and is also surrounded by snacks counters.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 census, the total population of Hospet was 206,167, of which males are 102,668 and females are 103,499. The town has an average literacy rate of 79.30%, with male literacy at 85.95% and female literacy at 72.74%. In Hospet, 13.46% 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.
  4. ^ Hubballi, Hospet To. "Hospet to Hubballi Train Timings". Hospet.xyz. Retrieved 27 June 2019.