Tel: మెదక medaka

‘City of Boiled Rice’  [Methukuseema, Gulshanabad, Methukudurgam

From Tel: meduku/metuku, ‘(boiled) rice’, ‘rice grain’; and sīma, ‘country’, ‘district’.

Medak is a corruption of  Methukuseema. Methuku means a grain of cooked rice. The region is famous for its fine, long-grain rice.

Under the Qutub Shahisi it was called Gulshanabad [Urd: gul’shan, ‘flower garden’; and ābād, ‘city’, ‘village’].

Medak’s hill-fort,  Methukudurgam, dates back to the 12-14thC and was built during the Kakatiya dynasty.

Medak has a factory employing 3,000 people to manufacture armoured vehicles for the Indian infantry.

Medak Cathedral dates back to 1924. It is one of India’s largest churches and can accomodate 5,000 people.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Telangana place names.


Medak Cathedral in Medak, Telangana. The origin ogf the Indian place name Medak is explained here.

Medak Cathedral                    Kithnkin