Save Kadapa today to save Lord Balaji and Nation tomorrow sign now


Her Excellency President of India Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil
His Excellency Prime Minister of India Dr.Manmohan Singh
His Excellency Governor of Andhra Pradesh Sri Ekkadu Srinivasan Lakshmi Narasimhan
Hon'ble The Chief Justice Of India Mr. Justice S.H. Kapadia
Hon'ble The Chief Justice Of Andhra Pradesh High Court Nisar Ahmad Kakru
Hon'ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri Konijeti Rosaiah
MHA Shri Home Minister P.Chidambaram
Smt.G. Aruna Kumari - GOAP Minister of Medical Education and Health Insurance
Dr. J.Geeta Reddy, GOAP Minister for I and PR, Cinematography, FDC and Tourism
Shri S.V. Prasad, Chief Secretary, GoAP
Stop Insulting and Hurting the Sentiments of Lord Balaji, devotees,Kadapa District and Tirumala-Tirupati. Desecrating a civilizational heritage contained in the divine and Celestial name of Kadapa. Re-naming Kadapa with YSR is sacrilegious.

kaбёapa. [Tel.] n. A threshold. A gateway. (Metaph.) a house. This is the entry on p. 234 of CP Brown's Telugu-English dictionary.

From BCE, Kadapa has been the recorded name from several sources which are available with TTD, district authorities and ASI. Devuni Kadapa or simply Kadapa is the starting point of Pilgrimage to the holy place of Sri Venkateswar/Lord Balaji of Yedukondalu (i.e. Seven Hills). Kadapa is a very sacred place for all the devotees of Lord Balaji/ Sri Venkateshwarluvaru. Kadapa is "Celestial Entrance to Lord Balaji's Abode"
Kadapa is home to the ancient temple at Vontimitta, which inspired Sri Pothana to compose вAndhra Maha Bhagavathamв. Historical records reveal that Jyothi village in Sidhout mandal has 108 Shiva lingas on the bank of Penna river within Kadapa district; it is considered the Dakshina Dwaram (southern gate) for the famous Srisailam Mallikarguna Temple (one of the twelve Dwadasa lingas) ( )

The вImperial Gazetteer of Indiaв in the Digital South Asia Library has the complete details of the historical, cultural and religious significance of Kadapa (Vol. II, pages 57-60).(

Even the marauding barbarians of the middle ages did NOT meddle with the nation's heritage and pilgrimage site names. This cannot be taken to absurd lengths to relate to temporal political personalities for political expediency. The State has no constitutional authority to affect the fundamental rights of citizens to cherish their heritage. Kadapa's Heritage, historic and religious significance should not be altered to glorify a recent holder of a public office.
Kadapa- Celestial Grand Entrance to Lord Balaji, cannot be renamed with anyone or anything. Renaming of Kadapa as YSR District by GoI and GoAP is hurting the sentiments of Billions of Devotees. It is against the present law of the land. We strongly condemn the renaming.

Denigration of history is erasing the social memory of the community. Gadapa, Kadapa evokes the image of the threshold to Balaji. This memory has to be sustained as the nation's heritage.

Kadapa area had many great personalities - Annamacharya, Vemana, Pothuluri Veera Bramham and many more.

An important fundamental duty enshrined in the constitution Part IVA, section (f) of 51A is: To value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture;

This also becomes the duty of the state to value and preserve the rich heritage. National Monuments Authority, India , GoI, GoAP and TTD have to take appropriate steps.
We strongly protest the change in name of Kadapa District to YSR District.

Since historically this is a gateway to Tirumala Venkateswara, any change in name is clearly intended only to hurt the sentiments of the population's religious sentiments associated with Tirupati-Tirumala.

GoAP has to stop and refrain from abusing its authority and desecrating a civilizational heritage contained in the name Kadapa. We request all concerned to reconsider and restore the pride and sanctity of Seven Hills, Lord Balaji and the devotees.
On Tirumala-Tirupati! YSR's government released a GO saying Lord Venkateswaraвs assets were only two hills covering an area of 27.5 sq. kms., and hence the other five hills would be taken over by the government and converted into a picnic spot with multiplexes, food courts, commercial, sports and entertainment infrastructure, including a rope-way to reach the top of the hills!

Mercifully, the AP High Court quashed the GO and the government beat a retreat after fierce Hindu agitations (Judgment of a Division Bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court 1997 (2) ALD Page 59 (DB) в Tallapakam Koppu Raghavan Vs State of A.P).
Renaming a district considered the gateway to Tirumala and Srisailam after an ordinary mortal, that too, a politician-evangelist and destroy its sanctity as one of the holiest shrines of Hindu dharma has hurt the religious sentiments of the Hindu majority. Moreover, when we consider the life of YSR (a bloody past) before becoming Chief Minister, it is an absolute sacrilege to name the district after him. It is the worst possible way to denigrate the district and insult the people of the district.

Undeniably, YSR was an able politician; he worked hard and brought Congress back to power; he also brought in a lot of welfare schemes for the poor and downtrodden; and he was able to retain power because of such welfare schemes. Regaining power and retaining it is a big political achievement. But working for the welfare of the state is the moral responsibility and political duty of a Chief Minister. So whatвs the big deal? It is equally true that his governance did not benefit all, and he never satisfied all sections of people. In fact, he earned the dislike of a major section of the Hindu majority.
We demand Kadapa District remain Kadapa District. We request The Government of -India and Government of Andhra Pradesh to reconsider keeping in view the historical -and religious importance of Kadapa and not to hurt the sentiment of Billions of -devotees, believers and followers of Lord Balaji/ Sri Venkateshwara and Lord Balaji -Himself.
Please review and take appropriate action in support of 'Lord Balaji of Seven Hills' , respecting billions of devotees, thousands of years of history, faith, traditions of 'Lord Balaji of Seven Hills' and Tirumala-Tirupati.
Will we rename Bharat if something happens to another leader at the National level?

We demand the withdrawal of the Ordinance of Renaming Kadapa District as YSR District by GoAP immediately.

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//Venkatadri samam sthanam brahmande nasti kinchana,
Venkatesa samo devo na bhuto na bhavishyati//
(Source: Aditya Puranam and Varaha Puranam)

Gurnath Prakash
for HinduYuva

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  • 31 December 2015398. Meera K
    Stay with the historical names instead of renaming after current politicians.
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    Do not re-name at any cost
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  • 04 December 2015394. Prasad Y
    Y S R name has become synonymous with worst corruption and unethical rule in the history of Andhra pradesh. We remember now Kadapa as the gateway to most revered Temple of Hindus TTD.Now Kadapans are going to be shortchanged, with a name like YSR the wors
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    dont spoil the culture of india by supporting the illiterate politicians
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    This is not at req,there are so many other options City hyderabad Country india Occupation engineer
  • 27 October 2015390. Satyanarayana Murthym
    There should be an irrevocable ordinance that states the names of districts, towns should not be altered and in any special case if it needs to be changed, the name should reflect the culture prevailaing in the state and not the names of persons or place
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    Please do not create the rediculous situation of Sri Balaji to be care of Samuel City Bangalore Country India Occupation Community Service
  • 26 October 2015388. Psrinivasan Campbell
    It is a great pity - nay, a tragedy - that the great historic town of Kadapa, which has been the home of many renowned Indian scholars, artists, and religious figures, is being named after a petty corrupt 21st century Indian politician, merely because of
  • 20 October 2015387. Gopal Vithala
    I endorse the request to save Kadapa City Pune Country India Occupation retired
  • 21 September 2015386. Mmadan M
    Don't rename the name of Kadapa Dist City Hyderabad Country India Occupation Retired
  • 12 September 2015385. Bhoga Vargas
    Please name cities by those who sacrificed and not who looted
  • 09 September 2015384. Usha Giles
    I oppose strongly the changing of the name of the district.
  • 04 September 2015383. Raju P
    What a shame
  • 26 August 2015382. Yadatore C
    Indian secularism is synonymous with anti-Hinduism
  • 10 August 2015381. Sunilkumarb Stokes
    Destroying the heritage to make the next generation blank about its own national heritage. City bangalore Country India Occupation business
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    I am agree with this petition. City Delhi Country India Occupation SW Consultant.
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    Why not Hyderabad is called as bhagamatinagar? Lets oppose strongly the merciless killing of our culture and heritage City Hyderabad Country India Occupation service
  • 28 July 2015378. Swaminathan Love
    Save Kadappa & balaji today from evangelists
  • 19 July 2015377. Pnagarajan Villanueva
    As i am an hindu , i wont allow this kind of action , i srongly condempt this activity. they should not change the name of the ancient city , they have no rites over hindu faith . City chidambaram Country india Occupation lecturer
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    I request you to save Kadapa City В Country В Occupation Marine Engineer
  • 09 July 2015375. Vidyaranya Bg
    What is wrong with the name "Kadapa" for the district? That name has existed for centuries. Is there a reason to change history and culture? City В Country В Occupation В
  • 08 July 2015374. Anilkumar Fernandez
    no need to name a district after a politician who has created vote banks for himself and secretly promoted a particular faith. Further, he is the first one to strt the Muslim reservation policy and jerusalem subsidy at the expenses of majority community.

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