This town got its name from Asura king Tarakasura, who made Tanuku his capital. This place is full of mythological stories about being the abode of Gods and Goddesses. Lord Kumara Swamy, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi landed here at the spot which is now known as Komara. Goddess Vijaya Lakshmi resided at a place now named Mahalakshmi Cheruvu. The first three Parvas (Condos) were translated from Sanskrit into Telugu by Adikavi Nannayya here, who also performed a major Yagna (sacrifice) in this city.
For tourists this place offers a bundle of religious and historic places to visit. Apart from the numerous temples, people with artistic and cultural inclinations will also have a pleasant experience through visits to art galleries and witnessing live performances of folk dance forms and traditional drama through stage theatre. Some groups work here to preserve the rich heritage of Telugu language by performing at various festivals and public locations.