Location of Kadiri
in Andhra Pradesh and India
Coordinates Template:IndAbbr 14°07′N 78°10′E / 14.12°N 78.17°E / 14.12; 78.17
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State Andhra Pradesh
District(s) Anantapur
Population 76,261 (2001)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

504 m (1,654 ft)

Kadiri is a Small town and a municipality in the southeastern part of Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh, India. The famous Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple is located in this town, and large numbers of Hindu pilgrims visit the Temple throughout the year. The famous Thimmamma Marrimanu (World's Biggest Banyan Tree spread in 5 acres (2 ha) of land. It got entry in the Guinness Book of Records, 1989). It is located just 25 km away from Kadiri. Kadiri is also famous for jasmine flowers(Malle Pulu), Vermilion(Kumkum),and Silk(Pattu Dharam).


The name Kadiri is a vernacular name for the Sanskrit word, Khadri, meaning Canary wood or Indian mulberry (Morinda citrifolia). Legend has it that the Lord Sri Khadri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy has emerged out of this tree in this place and hence the name. Chennaraya swamy gudi project (C.G project) is located 35km from this town. This is very famous for groundnuts in our state.


Lord Narasimha at Kadiri is swayambhu emerging from the roots of Khadri tree. The Moolavirat is that of Ashta Bahu Narasimha (having eight hands) cleaving Hiranyakasipu and transforming into a more protecting persona with Prahlada standing beside him with folded hands. Astonishingly, after the daily abhishekham is performed, the Murthy of the Lord oozes sweat even after being repeatedly wiped off by the Archakas here



Kadiri is located at 14°07′N 78°10′E / 14.12°N 78.17°E / 14.12; 78.17[1]. It has an average elevation of 504 metres (1653 ft). The temple of popular writer Sri Yogi Vemana is at Katarupalle 15 kilometres from this town.


As of 2001 India census[2], Kadiri had a population of 76,261. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Kadiri has an average literacy rate of 57%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 67%, and female literacy is 46%. In Kadiri, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age. Kadiri is one of the few towns in Andhra Pradesh with a large Muslim population of 55% of the town.


Kadiri was comparatively rich region in Anantapur district till recently in the agriculture sector. Kadiri variety of groundnut is quite famous for its yield. Main crops in this region are groundnut and sunflower.NH 205 passes into kadiri.


Kadiri was a biggest revenue division (taluks) before formation of mandals (taluks were subdivided into mandals as part of administrative reforms carried out in 1980s). Kadiri was represented in state assembly by famous K.V.Vema reddy garu in 1960s and 70s. He also served as speaker for the state assembly.


A famous event carried out every year is the Rathothsavam (Car Festival), on this holy day, a huge Rath (Chariot) with the Lord Lakshmi Narasimha's idol on it is pulled by hundreds of devotees are watched by thousands of people.thousands of peoples are arriving from almost all surrounding districts and from Karnataka.

Ramadan Festival is also celebrated grandly as the major population of Kadiri Municipality belongs to Muslim minority community.


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