Kondanda Rama Swamy Temple Vontimitta, Kadapa
Temple is 28 km from Kadapa Town, 16 km from Siddout fort via Bhakarapeta. The lofty gateway, the large and beautifully sculptured mandapam, with thirty two pillars, called the Madhyaranga mandapam. This place is associated with great scholars and bhaktas like bommari pothana who wrote Bhagavatham and dedicated to Lord here, Tallapaka Annamacharya, Ayyalaraju Tripurantaka and Ayyalaraju Ramabhadra.
Another famous poet, Valivikolanu Subba Rao, Andhra Valmiki, who had translated Ramayanam into Telugu and dedicated to Lord Rama here.
This temple was built by the Chola and Vijayanagar Kings. Vijayanagara kings renovated this temple during 16th century, 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. The ceiling over the central space is raised on brackets with multiple corbels.
Vontimitta temple tank is another big tank which was constructed during the times of Vijayanagara dynasty.
Sri Seetha Rama Kalyanam is celebrated at night here, this temple was praised by Famous French traveller, Tavernier in the year 1652.
Sri Kondanda Rama Swamy Temple Vontimitta Legends
Ancient legends say that this temple was built in a single day by ardent devotees of Bhagvan Sri Rama, Vontodu and Mittudu. After construction of this wonderful temple with 32 pillars, both devotees sacrificed their lives and transformed into statues.
It is believed that Lord Jambavatha has placed the Lord Rama Idol in this temple Garbhagudi consists of Lord Sri Rama, Goddess Sita and Lakshmana Idol engraved on a single rock.
Another interesting fact about Vontimitta Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple is that it is one of the few temples, where the Idol of Sri Rama is without Lord Anjaneya Swamy at his side. Kishkindakanda, one of the 7 Kandas of The great epic Ramayanam, is believed to have happened in this region.
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 Anjaneya Swamy Gandi may also be part of the Ramayanam, it is believed that the Anjaneya Swamy Idol in Gandi is made by Sri Rama on a hill stone with his arrow point to acknowledge Anjaneya’s help him in finding Sri Sita Devi.
Sri Kondanda Rama Swamy Temple Vontimitta Timings
Morning: 6 am – 1 pm
Afternoon: 2 pm – 8 pm
Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple Vontimitta Festivals
Andhra Pradesh Government Officially conducts Seetha Rama Kalyanam
Sri Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple Vontimitta Poojas
|9||Brahmotsvam||Day Utsavam – Rs.15000
Night Utsavam – Rs.25000
How to reach Kondanda Rama Swamy Temple Vontimitta?
- Near Railway station, 1.4 Km from Vontimitta Railway station, which takes 4 mins from this station.
- Bhakarapet Railway station is 8.2 km, it takes 20 mins by Road from this station.
- Kadapa Railway station, which is 25.9 Km, which takes 35 mins from this station
- Tirupati Railway station, 117 km which takes 2 hours by Road.
- Rajampeta is 28.6 km which takes 30 mins from this town
- 26.2 Km from Kadapa Town, which takes 25 mins
- 116 Km from Tirupati, which takes 1 hours 55 mins
- 133 km from Sri Kalahasthi, which takes 2 hours 15 mins
- 28.1 Km from Tallapaka Village, which takes 35 mins from this place
Kondanda Rama Swamy Temple Vontimitta
Reference Link: Temple History