About KarimnagarKarimnagar is located on the banks of Manair river (tributary of Godavari river) and is a city as well as Municipal Corporation in the newly formed Telangana state. It is also the administrative headquarters of Karimnagar district.
Karimnagar district is showing signs of rapid development and growing economy - thanks to river Godavari which irrigates the surrounding land, Sri Ram Sagar project, Singareni colleries, National Thermal Power Corporation contributing vastly to the economy of the district. Our former Prime Minister Shri P.V. Narasimha Rao belonged to Karimnagar district.
History of KarimnagarKarimnagar has witnessed the rule of various kings belonging to Satavahanas, Chalukyas, Kakatiyas and Mughals. This is evident from the artifacts and relics unearthed from Pedda Bonkur, Kotilingalu and Dhulikatta.
The first capital of Satavahana Kingdom (230 BCE – 220 CE) was Kotilingala in Karimnagar district. The rich history of Karimnagar can be gauged from the inscriptions found in Karimnagar and Srisailam.
The Elgandal Fort (10 kms from Karimnagar) was built during Kakatiya era. This place was formerly known as Veligundula. This fort was inhabited by Qutb Shahi dynasty in the 16th century. Later, it came under the control of the Mughal Empire. During the rule of Sikindar Jha (r.1803-1823), Bahadur Khan and Karimuddin became Khiledars. Karimnagar owes its name to Karimuddin.
However, during reorganization of districts, Mahbub Ali Khan, VI Nizam shifted district headquarters from Elagandal to Karimnagar in the year 1905.
Administration in KarimnagarKarimnagar Municipal Corporation looks after parks, roads, water and electricity supply as well sanitation in Karimnagar. Karimnagar Municipality was upgraded to Karimnagar Municipal Corporation in 2005. Members to the Corporation are elected from various Wards of Karimnagar. There is also a Municipal Commissioner, a Mayor and Deputy Mayor in the Corporation.
All Gram Panchayats in Karimnagar district are computerized so that tax collections and issue of birth and death certificates etc. can be made online. E-Panchayat has saved precious time and energy of people and also brought IT to the district.
Prajavani is a web enabled grievance system in which grievances from the public received on every Monday. Action taken by the concerned officer is updated on the website and a copy of the same is sent to the petitioner too.
Another initiative taken by the administration is for protection of lakes and tanks through plantation on bunds and protection of Cheruvu Shikham lands from the encroachments.
Karimnagar Municipal Corporation has taken steps to improve internal roads, organize health campaigns, deal with solid waste management, widening of roads, improving vegetable markets and opening fish markets and construction of shopping complexes.
Climate of KarimnagarKarimnagar has hot summers and cool winters. Most of the rains are brought by Southwest monsoon. Tourists visit Karimnagar in the months starting from November to February.
- Summer Season in Karimnagar: March to June.
- Monsoon Season in Karimnagar: October and November
- Winter Season in Karimnagar: December to February.
Healthcare in KarimnagarKarimnagar is centrally located and it is easy to reach here from neighbouring Taluks such as Kodimyal, Manthani, Jagtial, Sircilla, Huzurabad, Jammikunta, Husnabad, Malyal and Gangadhara etc. Appollo Reach hospitals in Karimnagar and Government Civil Hospital are major health centres in Karimnagar.
Festivals Celebrated in Karimnagar
Festivals are times to rejoice and make merry! Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in August-September while Dussehra is celebrated with equal élan in October-November. Pongal too is one of the most important festivals in Karimnagar held in the month of January.
Economy of KarimnagarMost of the economy in Karimnagar is contributed by agriculture, engineering, forest, mineral sectors and animal husbandry etc. Many people have found employment in these units which mainly comprise of rice mills, grain mills and other processing mills. There are other small scale units which deal with engineering, manufacture of paper and tiles, stone dressing and crushing, cement/concrete pipes and motor vehicle repair.
There are large number of Granite quarries in Karimnagar. Granite is even exported to China, US and other nations.
Other sources of economy in Karimnagar district include National Thermal Power Corporation at Ramagundam, Singareni Collieries Company at Godavarihani, and Nizam Sugar factory at Mutyampet.
Society in KarimnagarPeople in Karimnagar speak Telugu language. Urdu is also quite widely spoken. Chira and Pancha are traditional attires but a large population wears modern dresses. Karimnagar Silver Filigree is the local silverware handicrafts which is famous all over the globe!
Bathukamma and Bonalu are state festivals and are celebrated with great pomp and show! Other festivals celebrated in Karimnagar are Ugadi, Sri Ramanavami, Dasara, Deepavali, Sankranti, Vinayaka Chavithi, Holi, Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Maha Sivaratri, Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Ramadan, Muharram, Christmas and Good Friday.
Cuisine in Karimnagar
Biryani is a commonly prepared dish in Telangana. Sakinalu (made of rice flour, sesame seeds and fried in oil) is a snack that is prepared during Sankranti festival. Sarvapindi is yet another traditional snack of this place.
Transportation in Karimnagar
RoadwaysThe main bus stand in Karimnagar is B.R.Ambedkar Bus Station, one of the busiest bus stands in Telangana. The Zonal headquarters of TSRTC (Telangana State Road Transport Corporation) is in Karimnagar. People use TSRTC buses to travel long distances also.
Karimnagar is well connected by road with Warangal, Khammam, Jagtail, Manchiryal, Adilabad, Nizamabad, Bellampalli, Godavarikhani, Vishakapatnam, Guntur, Piduguralla, Ongole, Bhadrachalam, Nalgonda,Suryapet, Vijayawada, Kandukur, Kavali, Nellore, Puttaparthi and Tirupathi in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
- Distance from Warangal: 70 kms.
- Distance from Nizamabad: 150 kms.
- Distance from Hyderabad: 162 kms.
RailwaysKarimnagar Railway Station is situated on Peddapalli-Karimnagar-Nizamabad railway line. It is also referred to as B.R.Ambedkar Bus Station. When the last phase of Armur-Nizamabad line is completed, Karimnagar will be directly connected to Shirdi, nanded, Pune, Surat, Nizamabad, Vadodra, Mumbai Surat and Ahmedabad. Freight transport is also handled in this station especially Granite. Kazipet Junction is another major railway Station near Karimnagar.
AirportAn airport in Basant nagar Kesoram cement factory at Ramagundam (50 kms. from Karimnagar) is not in regular use after closure of Vayudoot airlines some years back. This airport is used for VVIP flights and emergency landings. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad is 162 kms. away.
Famous People from Karimnagar
P.V.Narasimha Rao (9th Prime Minister of India), C.Narayana Reddy (Poet and Writer), Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao (Politician), N.Kumarayya (Legal field), Professor G.Ram Reddy (Educationist), Anabheri Prabhakar Rao (Freedom Fighter), Baddam Yella Reddy (Politician), Professor T.Navneet Rao (Educationist), Rajeshwar Rao (Freedom Fighter), Paidi Jairaj (Film actor, Director), Hanumanth Rao (Member of Planning Commission), Juvvadi Chokka Rao (Politician), M. Satyanarayana Rao (Politician) and Dr.E.V.Rathnaiah (Educationist) are all famous people who belong to Karimnagar and have earned laurels in their respective fields.
Sports in KarimnagarStadiums in Karimnagar include Indoor Stadium with Swimming Pool. There are Regional Sports School, Water Sports Academy and B.R. Ambedkar Stadium also in Karimnagar. Sports enthusiasts are admitted for training in the stadiums without any fee except for swimming. Dr. B.R.Stadium has a basket ball court and kho-kho court.
District Sports Authority in Karimnagar
The District Sports Development Officer
District Sports Authority,
Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Stadium, Karimnagar - 505 001
Karimnagar has natural resources like Granite, small and big industrial units, stadiums, e-governance and an effective Municipal Corporation. It is undoubtedly heading steadily towards development and economic growth.
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