|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
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Gudiyatham (also called Gudiyattam or Gudiyettram) is a municipality in Vellore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is a town located 31 km from the city of Vellore. As of 2011, the town had a population of 91,558. This is the place where the first Indian national flag was weaved.
Gudiyatham is about 172 km west of Chennai and 165 km southeast of Bangalore. The town is located near border of Andhra Pradesh state. Gudiyatham has more than 500 small villages around it. In 2010, it was announced the opening of NH 234 highway, of which passes through it from Mangalore to Villupuram en route to Vellore and Tiruvannamalai
According to 2011 census, Gudiyatham had a population of 91,558 with a sex-ratio of 1,029 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929. A total of 9,273 were under the age of six, constituting 4,738 males and 4,535 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 16.8% and .1% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the town was 77.46%, compared to the national average of 72.99%. The town had a total of 21363 households. There were a total of 39,067 workers, comprising 108 cultivators, 284 main agricultural labourers, 6,532 in house hold industries, 28,401 other workers, 3,742 marginal workers, 23 marginal cultivators, 37 marginal agricultural labourers, 870 marginal workers in household industries and 2,812 other marginal workers.
Gangai amman Temple located in Gudiyattam, famous for its yearly carnival(Gangai Amman Thiruvizha) every year on May 14–15 (Tamil month - Vaigasi 1st) which attracts thousands of people from various places. The Temple is famous for its fair. The temple is located on the bank of Goundanya Maha nadhi near the bus stand of Gudiyattam.
1000 years old Arulmigu Punganoor Amman Temple in Chunnabupet (Old Bus Stand backside) The Temple was built by King Krishna Devar. The Temple walls are decorated with stone art works of Ramayanam Maha Kaviyam, Pancha Moorthy Thalum. This temple has Sivan Sannithi, Swarnambigai Sannithi, Vinayagar Sannithi, Subramaniyar Sannithi, Guru Bhairavar Sannithi, Navagraha Sannithi, Renugaka Devi Sannithi. This temple is located near NM Residency A/c Logde
The Navagraha Anjaneyar kovil and Navagraha kottai in Pandiyan Nagar. The suriyan, Ragu, Kethu, Sukran, Sani, Buthan, Guru, Santhiran, and Ankarakan. Totally nine gods have their separate shrines in this temple. Totally this temple is of 1920 Sq.Feet. Busses to here are available in the route Katpadi to Gudiyatham.
Sethukkarai hill is famous for the Girivalam among the people on full moon days.
The Balaji Temple which is located at the Pichanoor is very famous in the month of purataasi. This temple is also called as "Then Thirupathi" (South Thirupathi in English).
The Shiva temple Balasarthuleeswarar ( Baby-Tiger-Eswarar) in Tamil translation Karupuleeswarar Aalayam in Nellorepet is more than 1000 years old. It is famous for Car festival(Thaer Thiruvizha). The Shiva temple was abode for famous sage Goundanya Rishi and the river passing through the town is in his name "Goundanya Nadi". The temple has Simha tank. The temple is on Gudiyatham to Pernambut road.
Sri Veera Vijaya Anjaneya Swamy temple located in D.P Palayam village 20 Kilo Meters from Gudiyattam. Frequent Buses are available from TNSTC and Private Services to reach the village.
The town is close to the recently famous religious tourism/place of worship spot called the GOLDEN TEMPLE at Sripuram.
Kaala Bhairavar Temple, Pogular village, Gudiyattam Town, Tamil Nadu, (3000 years old Temple, surrounded by mountain peak) this temple is famous for Ashtami pooja of every month, At Ashtami Pooja Night, Maha abhishekam, Maha mantra,Maha Aarthi takes place and a huge amount of people across the Local area and outsider visit the temple.
India's first national flag hoisted after Independence was woven here(Kota street) by Kota Venkatachalapathy.This flag was hoisted by the first prime minister Mr.Jawaharlal Nehru at Redfort on August 15th, 1947. Gudiyatham has a small scale sector manufacturing safety matches, lungis, and beedis. The safety matches industry is next largest to Sivakasi. Beedis are exported to Pakistan and other parts of India.
The town has many movie halls(more than 10) and has in total, seven pettais or colonies. Gudiyatham is famous for gold jewellery market. Being on the Katpadi - Jolarpettai railway line, it is much connected to Chennai and Bangalore. The handloom and powerloom lungies which are manufactured here are exported to many parts of India and Arab countries.
Other than these, there were two cotton mills running in Gudiyatham. One is Thirumagal Mills Limited and other one is Rajeshwari Mills Limited; but now it was closed. Cow and Ox market is held near Nellorepet every Tuesday and it has been so, for more than 100 years.
The Sugarcane Research Station at Melalathur, Gudiyatham was started in 1935 under a scheme for sugarcane research of the Imperial Council of Agricultural Research. From 1981 onwards, it is under the jurisdiction of the "Tamil Nadu Agricultural University", Coimbatore. (TNAU)
Gudiyatham assembly constituency is part of Vellore Lok Sabha constituency. Kamarajar was elected as a Member of Legislative Assembly from the Gudiyatham constituency when he was the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
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