Nagadasari Munikumar, a researcher from old Kadapa area, has found 7th Century AD inscriptions at the Kapartheeswara Swamy Kona in Lankamala forests (Andhra Pradesh) near the mandal headquarters of Siddavatam. Kamakshi, Kapartheeswara Swamy Temple had been built by Chola kings in the Seventh Century.
Nagadasari Munikumar, an alumnus of Telugu Department in Yogi Vemana University, found the inscription engraved on a hill on way to the temple. Realising that they could be valuable, he sent a photograph of them to Acharya Muniratnam Reddy, director, Archaeological Survey of India in Mysore.
Muniratnam Reddy examined them and confirmed that they are Sanskrit inscriptions written in Devanagari script of the Seventh Century. Munikumar is presently working as a teacher at the Kadapa Public School.
Kadapa is a city in the Rayalseema region of the south-central part of Andhra Pradesh. It is the district headquarters of YSR Kadapa district. As of 2011 Census of India, the city had a population of 344,893. It is located 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) south of the Penna River. The city is surrounded on three sides by the Nallamala and Palkonda Hills lying on the tectonic landscape between the Eastern and Western ghats. Black and Red ferrous soils occupy the region. The city is nicknamed “Gadapa” since it is the gateway from the west to the sacred hills of Tirumala.
Kadapa has been under different rulers in its history, including the Nizams and Cholas, the Vijayanagara Empire and Kingdom of Mysore.
The city has a rich culture and heritage with the influence of different dynasties. There are different rituals, customs and traditions with the existence of different religions such as, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and Jainism. The city is known for its historic Devuni Kadapa and Ameen Peer Dargah, Dilazak Neknam Khan, the Qutub Shahi commander in 1682 who built the Neknamabad Fort, Kadapa’s first masjid named Masjid-e-Nezam and Kadapa’s first Islamic graveyard.