Kadiri is a town and a municipality in the southeastern part of Anantapur District in Andhra Pradesh, India. Tha name Kadiri came from its old name Quadri. Quadri was a name of a Sufi Saint. The famous Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swami Temple is located in this town, and large numbers of Hindu pilgrims visit the Temple throughout the year.
Lord Narasimha at Kadiri is swayambhu emerging from the roots of Khadri tree. The moola virat is that of ugra Dasa Bahu Narasimha performing hiranya kasipu samhara. With prahalaada around he is a santa murthi. Still the archakas show the sweat of Narasimha Swamy after the abhisheka is completed.
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 men and watched by thousands of devotees. It is believed that Kadiri got its name from Khaadri Lakshmi Narasimha.The famous Thimmamma Marrimanu (World's Biggest Banyan Tree spreaded in 5 acres of land. It got entry in the Guinness Book of Records, 1989). It is located just 25 km away from Kadiri. Kadiri is one of the few towns in Andhra Pradesh with a large Muslim population of 55% of the town.
Kadiri is located at 14.12° N 78.17° E. It has an average elevation of 504 metres (1653 feet). The temple of popular writer Sri Yogi Vemana is 15 kilometers from this town.
As of 2001 India census GRIndia, 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.