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Location of Proddatur
in Andhra Pradesh and India
Coordinates 14°44′N 78°33′E / 14.73°N 78.55°E / 14.73; 78.55
Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
District(s) Kadapa
Population 164932[1] (2001)
Sex ratio 1.008 /
• Male
• Female
• 73.2%
• 54.3%
Official languages Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)

155 m (509 ft)

Proddatur is the second largest town in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh state in India and is known for its gold and cotton businesses.

With a population of more than 100,000 people, it is a grade I municipal corporation[4] located at a distance of 51 kilometres (32 mi) from Kadapa town.

It is famous for its celebrations during the Vijaya Dasami festival and is considered second only to Mysore when it comes to these celebrations. The city is referred to as the "Second Bombay" because of the volume of gold and cotton business that happens there.

It is known for varieties of evening snack items (e.g. Mirchi Bajji, Cut Mirchi, Rice Puffs Mixture and various other sweets and hot snacks) with mouthwatering taste. Various stalls boast this trend in the town. . Tangedu Palley sweets are made in Proddatur, using a special ghee[citation needed].


Origins of the town's name

The origins of the town's name is not definitely known, but there are three possible origins.


Sanskrit origin

One possible origin of the town's name is from the Sanskrit Bhradhna-Puri.

Lord Rama's stopping place

According to one legend, the origin of this town's name is related to the great Indian epic Ramayana.

The legend states that Lord Rama was on his way back to his homeland Ayodhya from Lanka after killing the demon Ravana. At the onset of dusk, Lord Rama decides to halt on the river bed of the river Penna. At sunset (which translates to poddu in Telugu, the local language) he asked his wife Sita to find a place for them to rest for the night. It is believed that this placed was henceforth called Podduturu or Proddatur.

Legends of Proddatur

It is said that Lord Rama Chandra made Lord Shiva's Linga out of sand on the banks of river Penna and installed it in the local temple. It is said that the hand prints of Lord Rama on the Shiva Linga can still be seen there. The temple is also has a deity of Durga Mata.


Proddatur is on the banks of the river Penna.

Research and investigation by the Indian Geographical Center for Natural Resources have determined that there are gold mines within a 1.6 kilometres (0.99 mi) radius of the Proddatur Bus station.[citation needed] Proddatur has been known to be city of Gold.


As of the 2001 Indian census, Proddatur had a population of 164,932.[1]

Males constitute 50.2% of the population and females constitute 49.8%. Proddatur has an average literacy rate of 63.8%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 73.2%, and female literacy is 54.3%. In Proddatur, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.[1]


Road transport

The town is connected by road to Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Chennai and Bangalore.

A new APSRTC bus station is located in Mydukur Road. The Old bus stand is located in Korrapadu Road.

Insert non-formatted text here=== Rail transport === The nearest railway station is Yerraguntla, located 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) from the town and on the Mumbai-Chennai railway line.

A new railway station is under construction in Proddatur on the bypass road near Jammalamadugu Road towards Rameshwaram from the town to Nandyala Shortly this railway line is also running.

Trade and commerce

Proddatur is a famous trading centre in Rayalaseema.The village is famous for gold and linen trade.

Assembly Constituency

Notable Residents


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