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Wanaparthy is situated in Mahboobnagar district with an area of about 640 sq.miles. The Rajas of the Samasthans were closely associated with the QtubShahi kings. The early Rajas of Wanaparthi kept on army of 2000 infantry and 2000 cavalry. On 17th March 1843, the title of "Balwant" was conferred on Raja Rameshwar Rao as a mark of honour by Sikander Jah. For administrative purposes the Samasthan was divided into two taluqas namely "sugur" and "Kesampet" under to Tahsildars. The "Maharaja" died on 22nd November 1922. He was survived by two sons, Krishna Dev Rao and Ram Dev Rao. Recently this family represented in the Indian government after Independence.
As of 2001[update] India census, Wanaparthy had a population of 50,262. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Wanaparthy has an average literacy rate of 63%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 71%, and female literacy is 54%. In Wanaparthy, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.
R.Chandra Sekhar Reddy of TDP is the MLA from Wanaprthy. The town has great history. The kings palace at the center of the town is a marvel. The KDR [Krishna Devaraya ]Polytechnic College in Wanaparthy is the first of its kind in India was inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehuru, the first Prime Minister of India. This palace named as 'Mustafa Mahal' after being told so by a Muslim Saint ,this name can be seen inscribed on the foundation stone just beneath the entrace staircase of the palace.King was believed to be very loyal to the Nizam and as a token of loyalty has substituted the army of siddis and Arabs in Nizam's Army.The palace of the Maharaja now serves as the polytechnic college. The town has become a major education center with KG to PG institutions.It is the only source of business for small businesses and farmers from the neighboring villages.
Heart of Wanaparthy
There is a famous temple called Venkateshwara Swami temple. The temple was started by Sri Sri Sri Pedha Jeeyar Swamiji.