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 . Such is the importance of this temple, from the olden days it was believed that every pilgrim who visits the temple of Sri Venkateshwara at Tirumala, should visit this temple on their way to Tirumala 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 s 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.