Chandragiri Lingamma was the second child of Jangaiah and Lakshmamma of Samsthana Narayanapuram village in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh. She spent her childhood in poverty helping her father both in agriculture and in chappal making, their family’s tradition.
She was married off at the age of fourteen to Yadagiri, a cobbler. The couple was soon blessed with five children, two boys and three girls. They could afford to send only their younger son to school. The elder son became a helping hand to his father. Chandragiri got her two elder daughters married off using the little earnings she got from her son and husband. One day her