Place:Gooty, Andhra Pradesh, India


TypeCity or town
Coordinates15.133°N 77.6°E
Located inAndhra Pradesh, India
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Gooty (pronounced 'Gutti') is a census town in Anantapur district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. According to oral history it is known to be existing from the period of Ramayan. Evidently, there is a pond on the Gooty Fort known as Laksmana Theertham, a perennial source of fresh drinking water. Historically is is known to have been created by Lakshmana, brother of Lord Rama to quench the thirst of Sita during their exile (Aranyavasa). Evidently there are temples for these deities, inside the fort premises The written history of Gooty dates back to the 7th century when it was previously known as Gowthamipuri. The region of Gooty was first under the rule of king Ashoka and there is a Minor Rock Edict in Yerragudi (6 km from Gooty). In the subsequent centuries Gooty was under the rule of Sri Krishnadevaraya's Vijayanagara empire. The Pemmasani Nayaks of Gandikota controlled Gooty as subordinates of Vijayanagar kings. Later, it came under the control of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan of the Kingdom of Mysore.

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