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November 12, 2009

History

Filed under: Uncategorized — proddatur @ 2:42 pm

Proddatur is the 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 corporationlocated 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 Shukur Biryani as well as for Irani Tea Tanged Palley sweets are made in Proddatur, using a special ghee

 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.

 “Bush Town”

Another possible origin of the town’s name is from the large bushes which used to cover the land. In Telugu, these were known as podalu. Hence podalu ooru (‘podalu town’), which became ‘podalakuru’, and later ‘proddaturu’.

 

references: wiki

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1 Comment »

  1. I Love This Blog!!

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    Comment by Sai — November 14, 2009 @ 7:20 am | Reply


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