Located at a distance of 47 kms from Anantapur, Dharmavaram is well-connected both by rail and road. The place has derived its name from 'Dharmamba', the mother of 'Sri Kriyasakthi Odeyar' who constructed the local Dharmavaram tank. The Sri Lakshmi Chennakeshwara Temple is renowned for its architectural brilliance and for the perennial waterspout and pillars, which produce seven different musical notes when struck. It has a storied tower, extensive enclosures and an entrance
Dharmavaram is also known for its cotton and silk weaving-industry with it's silk sarees popular all over the world. This place is also known for its expertise in making leather puppets.
Dharmavaram is eminent throughout the country for its elegant silk sarees. Situated at a distance of approximately 47 km from Anantapur city, Dharmavaram has been named after 'Dharmamba', who was the mother of Sri Kriyasakthi Odeyar (person, who built the first tank in the region). Its cotton and silk weaving industry has made the city renowned not only in India, but throughout the world.
Here, the artisans are also experts in making leather puppets. Your trip to Andhra Pradesh would be incomplete if you don't travel to Dharmavaram. In fact, it is one of the best places to shop for ethnic and stylish saris in the country. Usually these sarees have broad borders, adorned by brocaded gold patterns. Not following any color contrast, Dharmavaram saris comprise heavy 'pallus' with exclusive designs.
Besides south-silk, you can find sarees in different materials, like cotton, tussar silk, cotton silk, etc. The variety of handlooms could range from cushion covers to bedsheets, curtains to carpets and various other things. If you are keen on observing the art of weaving, you can check out the local production houses, where hundreds of weavers are engaged in intertwining colorful threads of cotton and silk to fabricate exclusive textile material.
Dharmavaram is located at 14o 26'N 77o 43'E / 14.43o N 77.72o E / 14.43; 77.72. It has an average elevation of 345 metres (1131 feet). Demographics As of 2006[update] India census, Dharmavaram had a population of 150,400. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Dharmavaram has an average literacy rate of 56%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 65% and, female literacy is 46%. In Dharmavaram, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age. Dharmavaram is a famous hub for silk. There is an area itself dedicated for weaving and selling of silk clothes. The brand of silk weaved here is one of the most famous silks in the country. The railway station itself being a junction, almost all trains stop here for at least five minutes. There is a lake in Dharmavaram called Chitravati lake.