Chikballapur Nirmiti Kendra is a Sperate Department of the The Chikballapur District, it is a Education Department. The name of this town was originally Chinna Balaporum. Originating from either Tamil or Telugu for Chinna meaning small while balla means the measure to quantify food grains, and pura means town. According to a popular legend, the Marigowda, the son of the chief Avathimalla Biregowda, was hunting one day in the Kodimanchanahalli forest. He found a rabbit standing fearlessly in front of hunting dogs. Excited by this, the chief told his son that it eas a sign of the boldness of the local people. So, he obtained permission from the king of Vijayanagara and built a fort and a town. This in course of time developed into the town of Chickballapur.