The region of Anantapur is a blend of modernisation and preserved ancient history in the form of ancient forts and pilgrimage spots. Anantapur is known for its silk industries and modern mills. Apart from the modern silk industries, handicrafts are a major source of revenue. There are many agro-based industries in Anantapur that deal in rice, jowar, cotton, chillies and sugarcane. The minister of Bukka -I, Chilkavodeya, constructed both the villages of Bukkarayasamundaram and Anantasagaram. The region of Anantapur came under the rule of Tipu Sultan, who assassinated all the male members of the Siddappa family except the head who escaped. This region later on was handed off to the Nizam and later on to the British Empire after the Nizam left. Some of the well known places in Anantapur include Puttarparthi, which is considered the place of reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba. Thimmamma Marimanu is also one of the popular places visited by tourists throughout the year. The speciality of this place is the 500-year-old huge banyan tree that has a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records. Penna Ahobilam, located near Anantapur, is known for the Lord Narasimha Swamy Temple. The other places of tourist interest include Rayadurg, Gooty and the Penukonda Fort. Iskon Temple, Kadiri Narasimha Swamy Temple, Kasapuram Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Lepakshi are most visted places in Ananthapur District.
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