Markapur is a town and a municipality and Revenue Head Quarter in Prakasam district in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is the Third largest Town in Prakasam district.
Markapur had a population of 73,583(As per march 2012). Males constitute 48% of the population and females 52%. Markapur has an average literacy rate of 69%, higher than the national average of 62.5%: male literacy is 81%, and female literacy is 65%. In Markapur, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Situated on the banks of the Gundlakamma(amma amma) river,this bustling town caters to 80% of the country's demand for slates and slate pencils. The place has abundant resources of slate mines. The town has lot of slate factories giving employment to many workers. The slates manufactured here are exported to many other states and throughout the World. Designer Slates (which are used for abundently for interiors of the buildings specially for walls) are also manufactured here and these are directly exported mainly to Australia, Singapore and various 5 other countries in the world.
The city is having 7 cinema theaters
Sri Lakshmi Chenna Kesava Swamy Temple
- Jagadeeswari (formerly CNT Hall, turned to Satyanarayana )
- Sai Balaji
- Sarala (Near Rly station)
This temple is the main attraction for tourists visiting this town. The temple galigopuram is very tall and can be seen 5 km away from the town.The unique feature of the temple is that every year, from 23 December to 3 January, the sun's rays at dawn enter the sanctum sanctorum, through specially placed windows, and fall at the feet of the deity making them glow for 20 minutes in a day.
The galigopuram was constructed in such a manner that the sunrays would pass through three holes in the Garudalwar mandir between 6.40 a.m. and 7 a.m. every day for 12 days from December 23. The rays falling at the centre of the Garudalwar mandir would reflect on the idols in the sanctum sanctorum making them glow with golden hues. An incredible architectural feat that speaks volumes of the expertise of the artisans of the sri krishna devaraya period. According to the legend, the Lord killed a demon by name Kesi, so he became known as Kesava here. As the Lord was strikingly beautiful and accompanied by his consort Lakshmi,he was worshipped here as Lakshmi Chenna Kesava Swamy.
The temple, constructed in 1425 and known for its legends as well as archaeological marvels, has tremendous potential for development as a pilgrim and tourist centre. Apart from magnificently sculptured gopurams, the temple has a beautiful 40-pillared mandapam with carvings of Krishna, Anjaneya, Garuda, Lakshmi & Vigneshwara with their respective vahanas. In the Kalyana Mandapam there are 6 musical pillars that produce the 7 musical notes when tapped.The half constructed Galigopuram was completed in the stewardship of late Y.Lingaraju then Revenue Sirasthadar.
Every year during the month of March and April, there will be a mela for more than 10 days, at that time it is assumed that at least 100,000 people visit the temple. There is a big teru(Car) where they take the utsav statue of the god during this ceremony. Recently they have demolished the old Car and constructed a new car.
Apart from Lakshmi Chenna Kesava Temple, there are some other famous temples in Markapur.
- Ammavarisala (Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari Temple)
- Sri Shirdi Sai Satsang Mandir (Jawaharnagar colony)
- Ayyappa Swamy Temple
- Shiva Temple
- Saibaba Temple
- Ramulavari temple, Gandhi bazzar
- Venkateswara swamy temple near Gundlakamma River (on the way to "Vemulakota")(1 km away from markapur)
- Sri Nrisimha Swamy temple - on a hill (on the way to "Kondepally")(2–3 km away from Markapur)
- Poleramma Temple (on the way to "Tarlupadu")(3–4 km away from markapur)
- Sri baktha anjayanya swamy (L.B.S nagar)
- Satyanarayanaswamy temple near market
- Bangaramma Talli Temple (near Chenna Kesava Swamy temple)
- Sri Ramalayam temple (Beside LIC office lane)
- Sri Anjaneya swamy temple ( Cumbum road)
Some other great temples which are not famous in Markapur.
Meditation Center in Markapur
- Pothuluri Veerabrahmendra Swamy Temple near srinivasa theatre
- Raghavendra Swamy Temple near market
- Dattatreya Swamy Temple, market road
- Hanuman Temple, cumbum road
- Venkachamma Temple, jawaharnagar colony
- Vinayaka Temple, near Ammavarisala
- Rama Swamy Temple, near Ammavarisala
Nearest historical places
- Shri Ram Chandra Mission (SRCM)
Cumbum Tank is the historical irrigation tank formed by damming the Gundlakamma river by earthen bund, which is the highest in the Presidency (80 ft), with 100 yards length. The tank spread over an area of 9 square miles (23 km2), and irrigates 6,944 acres (28.10 km2) with over 3,500 acres (14 km2) is second cropped in a good year. A more successful work is the Cumbum tank, formed under native rule by damming a gorge of the Gundlakamma river. Cumbum tank is accessible both by rail and road 27 km distance from Markapur. The main source of water for Markapur tank flows down from Cumbum Tank.One can easily spend two days in this town, as there are lots of places to see.