Devuni Kadapa Temple, Kadapa District
Devuni Kadapa is also known as Tirumala TholiGadapa Devuni Kadapa. Sri Lakshmi Venkateswara Swamy Devasthanam. The place Kadapa is named after the word Gadapa which is originated from the word “Devuni Gadapa” means “Entrance for The Lord Venkateswara Swamy”. The Idol of the Lord Venkateswara has been established by Kripacharya, hence the ancient name of devuni kadapa is also mentioned in puranas as “Kripavathi Kshetram”. Pilgrims who are about to visit Lord Venkateswara `this is because first they have to pray Annamacharya and potuluri veerabramhendra swamy. This temple is very famous in kadapa district, people from various places visit this temple, and this temple is generally crowded on Saturdays.
Another feature of this temple is its uniqueness of lord venkateswara features an idol of lord anjaneya in its reverse. Devuni kadapa is constructed in vijayanagara style of architecture; devuni kadapa temple has impressive sculpture and Architecture of dancing lord Ganapathi at mukha mandapam.
Devuni kadapa temple is just 7km away from railway station, 4.5km away from City Bus Station. This temple has kasi balli which people believe that if there is any dosham (ill effects) because of balli (lizard) those doshams shall be cleansed by touching the kasi balli on the roof of temple.
Devuni Kadapa Temple also has padmavati ammagaru, which generally pilgrims visit after visiting lord venkateswara. Prasadams like laddu and pulihora are offered here at devuni Kadapa Temple. Devuni Kadapa also has the facility of tonsure, a custom in Hindu religion to get head shaved.
The place where devuni kadapa is situated now is also known as patha kadapa (old kadapa). Utsavas and every puja would be done as same in tirumala. Pilgrims from various countries and states in India who wish to visit Venkateswara swamy temple in Tirupathi will also intend to visit devuni kadapa temple, generally, devuni kadapa temple is very crowded at the time of Utsavas. Devuni Kadapa is an archeological treasure.