Devunikadapa is a place in Kadapa town, famous for the temple of Sri Laxmi Venkateshwara. It is historically been known as the gateway to the temple of Venkateshwara, the presiding deity of Tirumala. Also called as ‘Devuni Gadapam’, it derives its name from ‘Gadapa’, a Telugu word, which means ‘Threshold or gateway or doorstep’. So is the importance of this temple, that every pilgrim visiting the temple of Sri Venkateshwara at Tirumala, visits this temple either on their way to Tirumala or on their return. Only then it is believed that their visit to Tirumala is complete.
Sri Laxmi Venkateshwara Temple stands as an outstanding example of Vijayanagar architecture. The very sight of the temple, with great sculptures and carvings adorning it, takes you back to the Vijayanagar Era. There is a sculpture of dancing Vigneswara (Lord Ganesha), a master piece of those times, in the Mukha Mandapam (main hall). Sri Laxmi Venkateshwara temple is popularly known as Hanumath Kshetram as there is an idol of Anjaneya (Lord Hanuman) behind that of Lord Venkateshwara in the sanctum sanctorum. It is believed that sage kripacharya had installed the idol of the presiding deity.
It is said that Tallapaka Annamacharya visited this place and all the Sankaracharya of the Advaita Mutt, heads of Ahobilam Mutt and Mahakavi Kshetrayya also visited this place. Recently, this temple has been undertaken by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.