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. It is also known as "Sri Kshetra Kadiri" because of the presence of many temples. Kadiri was an important town in ancient India, it was called as 'Vishnukundina' after the name of its founder Vishnu Vardhan. The city has a history dating back to 1st century BCE with archaeological evidence that suggest Buddhist and Jain influences even before that time period. Inscriptions found at Brahmagiri (10 km from Kadir) indicate rule by Ashoka's Mauryan Empire around 230 BCE. After this, there are no records for about 1500 years until we come across inscriptions indicating Vijayanagara rule during which time it became a part of Gutti-Pattu division under Raja Venkatapati Raya Tondaiman (1540–1550 CE). During this period two famous people were born in Kadiri: Sri Tallapaka Annamacharya and his disciple Sri Tyagaraja who composed thousands of devotional songs on Lord Rama.