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town, northeastern Andhra Pradesh state, southern India, at the junction of the Godavari and Krishna canal systems. The name of the town was changed to its present form in 1949. Mainly a manufacturing town, Eluru produces textiles and leather products but is most noted for its pile carpets. It is also a centre for trade in rice, oilseeds, tobacco, and sugar. The town has a college affiliated with Andhra University in Waltair. Buddhist archaeological remains are at the nearby village of Pedda Vegi. Pop. (1981) 168,154.