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  1. Gadwal Fort

  2. Gadwal Fort

Gadwal is Located on National Highway No. 7 in between Hyderabad and Kurnool which is only 16Kms away from Yerravalli Junction. Mahabubnagar district is also called as territorial district, because there are many territorial rulers than any other districts in Andhra Pradesh. Gadwall Samsthanam was one part of Raichur district now it is in Mahabubnagar district among all these Gadwall is very famous. It is also referred as \\\\\\\"Vidvadgadwala\\\\\\\". 




It was once ruled by a local ruler called Somashekar Ananda Reddy, fondly called Somanadri hails from poodoor village. Gadwall has developed around a fort built by the Gadwall ruler Somanadri. This Gadwall Samsthanam was protected by Mallichetti vamshiyulu. The Nagi Reddy we fondly know Nagappa was an Ayngarakshakulu of Gadwall Samsthanam (Raja Somanadri was a minor). He died in a war with fanatic sultans. Then Narsappa succeeded his father Nagappa as Gadwall Samsthanam Ayngarashakulu, but unfortunately for some reason he had to leave the palace.


The Gadwall rulers Pedda Soma Bhupaludu (Somanadri) has built this fort during 17th Century. The Fort was constructed with huge walls and moats around the fort have made the Gadwall Fort very strong and impregnable. Even after completion of 300 years, the strength of the Fort is not lost.


Importance of Gadwal


Their main deity Sri Chennakesava Swamy Temple, Sri Venugopala Swamy temple, Sri Ramalayam and Water Body (Koneru) are located inside the Fort. Sri Pedda Soma Bhupala has defeated the Nawab of Kurnool and brought 32 feet long Cannon which was the biggest in the country is still in the fort. Gadwall is also famous for silk Sarees. The weavers can weave a Silk Saree which can be kept in a match Box.


Gadwal is known for its world famous handloom jari Sarees (Gadwall Sarees). The local weavers are talented enough to weave the 5.5 meters of saree fabric in such a way that it can be folded down to the size of a small match box. Gadwall Sarees have been very popular since 1930s. These are cotton Sarees with an attached silk border and silk pallow. One of Gadwall\\\\\\\'s most notable landmarks is the large dam currently under construction as the Priyadarshini Jurala Project, with almost 72 gates. It is expected soon to begin generating power.