Nagalapuram

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Nagalapuram

Nagamambal
Nagalapuram Hill Streams
Nagalapuram Hill Streams
Nagalapuram is located in Andhra Pradesh
Nagalapuram
Nagalapuram
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Nagalapuram is located in India
Nagalapuram
Nagalapuram
Nagalapuram (India)
Coordinates: 13°23′20″N 79°47′48″E / 13.3889°N 79.7967°E / 13.3889; 79.7967Coordinates: 13°23′20″N 79°47′48″E / 13.3889°N 79.7967°E / 13.3889; 79.7967
CountryIndia
StateAndhra Pradesh
DistrictChittoor
SubdistrictNagalapuram
Founded bySri Krishna Devarayar
Population
(2011)[1]
 • Total11,166
Languages
 • OfficialTelugu
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)


View of a valley along the trekking route

Nagalapuram is a village in Chittoor district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is the mandal headquarters of Nagalapuram mandal.[2] This town is home to Vedanarayana Temple, where the presiding deity Vishnu is in the form of Matsya, the first incarnation of Dasavatara.[3]

History[edit]

Nagalapuram the temple town is built at the time of Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara Empire regime in memory of his mother Nagala Devi. Hence, it became Sri Nagalapuram. Before the change of its name to Nagalapuram, this village was known as Harigandapuram.

Geography[edit]

Nagalapuram is located at 13°24′00″N 79°47′00″E / 13.4000°N 79.7833°E / 13.4000; 79.7833.[4] It has an average elevation of 64 meters (213 feet).

Culture[edit]

Main entrance of the temple (renewed)

Temple reflects the vijayanagara architectural style Vedanarayana swamy idol facing west. The sanctum sanctorum has Vedanarayana swamy with his consorts sridevi and Bhoodevi on either side. This is a Matsya Avatar of Lord Vishnu first Avatar, who saved the four vedas from Somakudu and returned to Brahma. Temple brahmostavam comes on Shukla Dwadasi, Trayodasi and Chaturdasi of Phalguni masam (Telugu calendar). Temple architecture is done in such a way that during these three days, the sun rays fall on the main deity feet, navel and fore head, called as "Suriya Pooja". This remarks the start of Summer season as per the holy inscriptions available in the temple.[5]

Nagalapuram Falls

Nagalapuram Falls is a waterfall which attracts many tourists. It offers a great trekking opportunity as you go into the forest in the Eastern ghats. The trek is very scenic and one can see streams along the trek route.There are 3 waterfalls you come across and each of them has a pool next to it. The water is very clean and refreshing.[6]

Views around the trekking route
Views around the trekking route


Trekkers can visit the trekking route which is about 4 KM in length and offers majestic views of three waterfalls with pristine waters. Parking facility is available at the beginning of the trek with reasonable charges. Due to it's proximity to Chennai, large number of people visit the waterfalls each year and this has started taking toll on the envirnoment around trek which is now heavily littered with waste left by trekkers.

The third waterfall which is last in the series, has a deep pool which should not be explored without adequate saftey equipments such as Life Jackets and due to negligence this has resulted in several drownings at this pool.[7]


View of summit (around 830 m)

Demographics[edit]

Total Number of HouseHold : 2830

Population Persons Males Females Total 11,166 5,468 5,698 In the age group 0–6 years 1,072 588 484 Scheduled Castes (SC) 4,296 2,164 2,132 Scheduled Tribes (ST) 228 118 110 Literates 7,216 3,917 3,299

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Census 2011". The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Chittoor District Mandals" (PDF). Census of India. pp. 479, 515. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/sun-rays-enter-temple-a-day-before-surya-puja-festival/article7030615.ece
  4. ^ Falling Rain Genomics.Nagalapuram
  5. ^ [1] Sri Veda Narayana Swamy Brahmotsavams in Nagalapuram From May 4 to 12
  6. ^ [2] Nagalapuram Hills: Scenic beauty by the ghats - Article in Deccan Chronicle
  7. ^ "After accident, Nagalapuram police step up watch". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 2018-02-15. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-12-11.