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Bhoodan Pochampally
Bhoodan Pochampally is located in Telangana
Bhoodan Pochampally
Bhoodan Pochampally
Location in Telangana, India
Bhoodan Pochampally is located in India
Bhoodan Pochampally
Bhoodan Pochampally
Bhoodan Pochampally (India)
Coordinates: 17°20′46″N 78°48′44″E / 17.3461°N 78.8122°E / 17.3461; 78.8122
 • Total28.42 km2 (10.97 sq mi)
1,184 m (3,885 ft)
 • Total12,972
 • Density460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
 • OfficialTelugu
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Postal PIN Code
Area code+91 8685
Vehicle registrationTS 30

Bhoodan Pochampally is a census town in the Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district of the Indian state of Telangana. It is located in Pochampalle mandal of Bhongir division.[1] This village is Known for woven products, especially hand-woven Ikkat sarees. There are thousands of looms in the village that produce large quantities of sarees. In 2004, Pochampalli saree also received a geographical indication (GI) tag.[2] This village was one of the three nominated under the category of best tourism villages by the United Nations World Tourism Organization.[3]


Bhoodan Pochampally is located at 17°20′46″N 78°48′44″E / 17.34611°N 78.81222°E / 17.34611; 78.81222 (17.3461, 78.8122).[4]


Main article: Bhoodan movement

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Pochampally highlighted on Nalgonda Map

On 18 April 1951, the historic day of the very genesis of the Bhoodan movement, Vinoba Bhave entered the Pochampally Mandal in Nalgonda district, the center of Communist activity. The organizers had arranged Vinoba's stay at Pochampally, a large village with about 700 families, of whom two-third were landless. Pochampally villagers gave Vinoba a warm welcome. By early afternoon villagers began to gather around Vinoba at Vinoba's cottage. The villagers asked for eighty acres of land, forty wet, forty dry for forty families that would be enough. Then Vinoba asked," If it is not possible to get land from the government, is there not something villagers themselves could do?" To everyone's surprise, Pochampally Zamindhar Rao Bahadur Gopal Rao Pochampally got up and said in a rather excited voice: "I will give you 1000 acres for these people". his promise to offer 1000 acres of land to the villagers. This incident which is neither planned nor imagined was the very genesis of the Bhoodan movement and it made Vinoba think that there in lay the potentiality of solving the land problem of India. This movement later on developed into a village gift or Gramdan movement. As the huge, massive and magnificent movement called Bhoodan Movement was born in this Pochampally, the village was renamed to Bhoodan Pochampally.

In 1999, the weaving industry of Bhoodan Pochampally came to limelight when a young weaver Chithakindhi Mallesham developed a machine for automating the time-consuming, laborious and painful Asu process of winding of yarn before the dyeing and weaving is done. The innovation was recognized by National Innovation Foundation – India.[5]

Way to Pochampally

See also


  1. ^ a b c "District Census Handbook - Nalgonda" (PDF). Census of India. p. 13,248. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
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  3. ^ "Pochampally village in Telangana selected as one of the best Tourism Villages by United Nations World Tourism Organisation".
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  5. ^ Recognition of Asu Machine by National Innovation Foundation Archived 3 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine