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KODANDA RAMA SWAMY TEMPLE

Vontimitta, Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, India

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God

Kodandarama swamy is a main deity of this temple faceing East direction. Lord Rama is found with a bow in his Right hand and Arrow in his Left hand in a standing posture. In the garbhagriha, the central icon of Rama is along with his consort Sita and Lakshmana, carved as a composite image out of a single Rock. Other decorative art depiction in Rama's image consists of Kundalas (ear-rings), Haras (Garlands), Valayas, Yagnopavita (sacred thread) and so forth. Lakshmana's figure is sculpted in Tribhanga posture with his right hand held down free while the left hand holds a bow. Adornments carved on this image are kirtimukuta (conical crown), graivevakas, channavira, udarbandha (waist band), yagnopavita and purnaruka.

Goddess

Goddess Sita is in right side of Rama in this temple.

Interesting Facts

  • In this temple Idol of Lord Sri Rama is without Lord Anjaneya at this side.
  • Deities of Lord Sri Rama, Sita and Lakshmana are engraved on a single rock.
  • Muslims also offer prayers to Lord Rama at this temple.

Best Season To Visit

The best season to visit this temple is Winter season. The best months to visit are October to Februrary.

Weather

Highest - March to July (42 °C during day and 25 °C during night)Average - May (34.4 °C during day and 20 °C during night)Lowest - November to February (27 °C during day and 18 °C during night)Monsoon season - August to November

Dress Code

  • For men the dress code is Shirt & Trouser, Dhoti or Pyjamas with upper cloth.
  • For women the preferred dress code is saree or half-saree with blouse or chudidhar with pyjama and upper cloth.
  • Shorts, mini-skirts, middies, sleeveless tops, low-waist jeans and short-length T-shirts are not allowed.

Do's & Dont's

  • Do bathe and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do respect ancient customs and co-piligrims while at temple.
  • Smoking and drinking is prohibited in temple premises.
  • Chewing betel leaves, tobacco, gutka and spitting inside temple is strictly prohibited.

transport connections

Name Distance Contact Number
Kadapa RTC Bus Stand
25 KM 08562-244160
Kadapa Railway Station
26 KM 08562-244349
Tirupati International Airport
113 KM 0877-2275354
Kadapa Airport
36 KM 08562-200130

Architecture

Lord Rama here is shown in a standing position with bow (Kodandam in Sanskrit ) in the right hand and arrow in the left hand, hence the temple name is Kodanda Rama Swamy temple. The Idol of Lord Sri Rama is believed to be installed by Lord Jambuvantha. This monument stands within a rectangle of walls, entered through three imposing gopuras. The central space within the mandapam is defined by yali piers, the animals being doubled at the corners, where they frame attendant figures.Temple faces East direction with marvelous Chola and Vijayanagara style of architecture. To the west of Kodandarama temple a temple is built for Lord Hanuma known as Sanjivaraya temple. It is also believed that the Idol of Lord Sri Rama was installed by Lord Jambuvantha. Lord Hanuma is an ardent devotee of Lord Rama. It is facing west of the Kodandarama temple also known as Sanjivaraya temple. This monument stands within a rectangle of walls, entered through three imposing gopuras. The central space within the mandapam is defined by yali piers, the animals being doubled at the corners, where they frame attendant figures. Vontimitta temple tank (Rama theertham, Laxman theertham) was constructed during the times of Vijayanagara dynasty.

Gopuram - This temple has a three gopuras, two of them are three tier and one five tier. These Gopurams construction represents the culture of Chola Kingdom, main entrance of gopuram in the east of this temple is 160 feet in height, and other two monumental towers are in north and south. The East facing tower is the central tower which is a five tiered structured building. This temple has a Dhwajastambham infront of the garbagudi entrance. The garbhagudi can be approached from the mandapa through an antaraalayam or inner chamber, which is adorned with sculptures. It is also inferred that the garbhagudi is itself carved out of a single block. The garbhagudi consists of a ektala vimana with a round sikhara.

Inscriptions - On the walls of the temple we can see all the idols of the Lord Vishnu incarnations, the main incidents and events of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The King Kumar Kampana, son of Bukkaraya-I (1344-77)76. Later, the King Sadasivaraya (1543-1570) granted the village people in Siddhavatamsima of Udayagirajaya for the daily worship of the god. These are evidenced by the four epigraphs found on the temple walls. The inscriptions on the walls of the temple show that this temple was constructed in three phases over three centuries from 14 Century A.D. to 17 Century A.D. There are Sila-sasanaas(stone inscriptions) in the temple and on the Northern side. The first Sasana was laid in 1555 A.D. by the village officer Sri Kalluri Lingaiah. It tells us that a village by name 'Palaputhuru' was donated to the temple by the Area Commander, Sri Yati Thirumalaiah Maharaj under the control of Sri Veera Sadasiva Devarayalu, the emperor of Vijayanagaram. Another sasana, laid in 1558 A.D. by an officer of Vontimitta says that some hamlets adjacent to Vontimitta along with agricultural lands were donated to the temple to meet the expenditure for constructing compound walls and conducting Car festivals and Brahmotsavam functions. This was made by Sri Nagarajaiah Devai nagaraj s/o Guttiyera Thirumalaraju who was the Prime Minister of Vijayanagar Empirer, Sadasiva Devarayalu. Rangamantapam, essentially an open air theatre sorts has over 32 pillars, and is known for it’s exquisite sculptures, also called the Madhya Ranga mandapam. It has wonderful carvings of Apsaras, Krishna, Vishnu, dancing ganesha. The corner columns have 3 layers carved with images of apsaras, and the roof of the mandapam, has many decorative brackets.

Religious Significance

Legends - The idol here was believed to have been installed by Jambavantha, the bear king who helped Lord Rama in his mission to Lanka. According to Legend, Rama, Lakshmana and Sita spent some time here in the forest during the period of their exile. Once to quench the thirst of Sita, Rama shot an arrow deep into the earth, upon which sweet water gushed out. Later, with this perennial water spring, two small tanks named Rama theertham and Lakshmana theertham. The artifacts of the temple evidenced the vijayanagara period. According to the artifacts, a king known as kampana came to this village with his army and drank the water of Ramagundam or Ramatirtham and built a garbhagriha for the God Kodandarama and also dug a big tank to the south of this temple.

In Treta yuga when brahmarshi Viswamitra wanted to perform a yajna(ritual sacrifice), he requested Lord Rama and his brother Lakshman to protect that from the evil forces by that time both Rama and Lakshman were kids, and this lead to the killing of evil force named Thataki. The place derived the name of Vontimitta after two local hunters Vontadu and Mittadu, who were said to have quenched the thirst of King Kamparayalu when his entourage visited the place. On their request, the king constructed this temple and named the place as ‘Vontimitta’, but King Bukkarayalu opened the temple in 1356 A.D. In 16th Century, the Vijayanagara rulers constructed the Antaralayam, Rangamantapam, Mahapranganam, Gopuram and Ratham in a phased manner and developed the temple. The Kainkaryams were introduced with the voluntary contributions from villagers. This temple was built by King Kamparayalu and Cholas.

History

We can see contributions of the Vijayanagara kings. Vavilikolanu Subba Rao was a poet and great devotee of Rama of Vontimitta, he was popularly known as 'Andhra valmiki'. He lived in Vontimitta and translated 'Ramayana' into Telugu. He also wrote a commentary on Ramayanam, known by the name of 'Mandaaram'. He used to beg money from the villagers for meeting the expenses for the development of the temple. He spent money for making a gold cover for the main deity (Moola viraat). This place is associated with great scholars and bhaktas like Bammera Pothana, Tallapaka Annamacharya, Ayyalaraju Tripurantaka and Ayyalaraju Ramabhadra. Bammera Pothana who wrote Bhagavatham dedicated to Lord Sri Rama here.

Temple Timings

Day Timings
All Days 05:30 AM - 01:00 PM 02:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Sevas

Suprabhatham
All Days
05:00 - 05:30
30 Mins
Abishekam
All Days
05:30 - 06:30
1 Hr 30 Mins
Abishekam
All Days
16:00 - 16:30
30 Mins
Alankaram
All Days
06:30 - 07:00
30 Mins
Ekantha
All Days
20:00 - 20:15
15 Mins

Pooja

Kumkumarchana
All Days
05:00 - 05:30
15 Mins
10.00/ Person
Sahasranamarchana
Monday
05:30 - 06:30
15 Mins
30.00/ Person
Antaralayam
All Days
16:00 - 16:30
15 Mins
50.00/ Person
Pushpa Kainkaryam
All Days
06:30 - 07:00
15 Mins
1500.00/ Person

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Airports

Airport Name Distance
Shamshabad 40 KM
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Railway Stations

Railway Station Name Distance
Secunderabad 10 KM
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Begumpet 6 KM
Lingampally 20 KM

Bus Stations

Bus Station Name Distance
MGBS 35 KM
CBS 28 KM
kukatpally 20 KM
Lingampally 30 KM
Uppal 35 KM

Private Transports

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Local Transports

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Vontimitta, Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, India

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