Population: As of 2004India Dindigul had a population of 196,619. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%.
Climate: Semi and tropical monsoon type of climate is prevailing in the plains of the District. However upper Palanis recorded low temperature and fairly heavy rainfall.
Economy: Dindigul District has a flourishing economy well known for its iron locks, tobacco and handloom industry. The main occupation of the people living in the district is agriculture and the district has more than 200,000 hectare of cultivable area. Rice, pulses, sugarcane, groundnut, gingelly, cotton and millets are the main crops that are grown here. For a long time, Dindigul town has been associated with Iron locks, Iron safe of good quality and durability. A lock manufacturing unit under co-operative sector is functioning here. Another industry for which Dindigul is popular is Leather Tanning. Dindigul District is having a flourishing handloom industry at Chinnalapatti.
Agriculture: Dindigul Agricultural District is headed by Joint Director of Agriculture. Dindigul Agricultural District consists of five Agricultural Divisions, namely Dindigul, Natham, Nilakottai, Palani and Vedasandur. Each Agricultural Division is headed by an Assistant Director of Agriculture. There are 13 Agricultural Development Officers and 28 Agricultural Extension Centres in Dindigul District. There is one Soil Testing Laboratory and one Fertilizer Testing Laboratory in Dindigul District.
Industries: Dindigul is known for its leather tanning Industry. Besides tanning, the city is home to a major textile spinning industry, which ranks second only to Coimbatore in spindlage capacity. During his period or rule, MGR, the them chief minister of Tamil Nadu gave away grants to start and run spinning industries in Dindigul to promote the industrial development of the district. Now vedasandur, a suburb of Dindigul has so many spinning mills.
Chinnalapatti, which is located 11 kilometres from Dindigul, is known for its flourishing hand loom industry. Silk art, known as Sarees, and sungudi produced in Chinnalapatti are famous throughout India. More than 1000 families are engaged in this industry.
Another famous manufacturing item from Dindigul is Hand loom sarees. Particularly in Nagal nagar area hundreds of Sourashtra community people are doing hand loom sarees manufacturing. The hand loom sarees looks very rich like silk sarees. But the cost is very low. Keeping these sarees like the silk sarees, it can be used for more years.
Dindigul city is an important wholesale market for Cotton,onions and groundnuts (peanuts). Panneer Grapes which is a speciality type of black grapes which is specific to Dindigul.
Dindigul is primarily an agro-based town of Tamil Nadu. About 70% of the total population earns their livelihood directly or indirectly through Agriculture. There are about 165 Rice mills in and around Dindigul. Famous flour mill Naga which is largest in South India, Vishalakshi are located there. Anil Semia, Savorit Semia industries are located in Dindigul.
Dindigul District is located between 10.05' and 10.9' North latitude and 77.30' and 78.20' East longitude.
There are many temples in and around the city. There is a samadhi, for Siddha Purusha called Odha Samiyar. The number and significance of the temples in the area mean that Dindigul is a major destination for many pilgrims.
In the middle of the city a famous temple for Lord Padmagreeshwarar i.e. Lord Shiva. But, this temple is commonly called as "Abirami Amman Kovil" It has come to know that this temple is situated with in the fort of Dindigul Rockfort and because of war, the temple is shifted to the present place. Another famous temple is Arulmigu Srinivasa perumal kovil which is situated very near to Rockfort. This is also a very old temple. In full moon days, the devotees gather in Abirami amman temple and go "Giri valam" around the Rock fort.Temples for Sri Hanuman and Sri Shaneeshwar stand adjacent to the fort to which devotees flock to offer worship on Saturdays.
Dindigul district was carved out of the composite Madurai District on 15.9.1985 and the first District Collector was Thiru.M.Madhavan Nambiar, I.A.S. Dindigul District had the names of Dindigul Anna , Quaid-e-Milleth and Mannar Thirumalai.
K.M from Chennai: Dindigul is 437 km
Near By Places :
· 50 km to Madurai, India
· 95 km to Tiruchchirappalli, India
· 106 km to Tiruppur, India
· 127 km to Coimbatore, India
· 140 km to Thanjavur, India
· 146 km to Salem, India
· 182 km to Tirunelveli, India
· 191 km to Thrissur, India
· 193 km to Kochi, India
Every year, there are many minor festivals and a few major festivals are conducted at Palani. Agni Nakshatram, Kandhar Shasti, Thirukkarthigai, Thai Poosam and Panguni Uthiram are the major festivals, which are attended by pilgrims from Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Kerala, Karnataka and other states. This attendance of devotees indicates the National integration of the country.