Kadapa (, ), formerly Cuddapah
, is a city(municipal corporation) in the south-central part of Andhra Pradesh
and is the headquarters of Y.S.R District
). The city's name originated from the Telugu
word "Gadapa" meaning threshold or gate. It was spelled "Cuddapah" but was changed to "Kadapa" on 19 August 2010 to reflect the local pronunciation of the name.
Kadapa is famous for great personalities in medieval times like Vemana, Pothuluri Veerabramham, Annamacharya, Pemmasani Thimma Nayudu and other celebrated Telugu lovers like C.P.Brown
, Bishop Caldwell
Kadapa is one of the important cities in Rayalaseema, Andhra Pradesh, and is situated in the south-central part of the Andhra Pradesh State. It is located south of state capital, Hyderabad
and is situated 8 km south of the Penna River. The city is surrounded on three sides by the Nallamala and Palakonda hills. The city is named "Threshold" because it is the gateway from west to the sacred hill Tirumala
of Sri Venkateswara Swamy.
Kishkindakanda, one of the 7 kandas of the Ramayanam
, is believed to have happened in Vontimitta
, YSR District. Vontimitta
is 20 kilometres from the city. The Anjaneya Swamy temple in Gandi was also believed to be a part of the Ramayanam; It is believed that the Statue of Anjaneya Swamy in Gandi is made by Sri Rama
on a hill stone with the tip of his arrow to acknowledge His help in finding Sri Sita