Kodandarama Swamy Temple Vontimitta

The largest-and most famous temple of Kadapa district is the Kodandarama Swamy Temple in Vontimitta (or Ontimitta). Set in a sprawling walled complex, the temple has three lofty gopurams and mandapas with a wealth of ornate carvings depicting Rama and his acolytes. 

Overview

Unlike most temples dedicated to Rama, there is not a single statue of Hanumana inside. The sanctum and attached pillared hall were built earlier (reportedly in the 14th century), while the gopuram and central mandapa were added later.Close to the temple, there is, picturesque lake sprawling beneath a hill range. The waterbody is filled with reedy vegetation that gives it an eerie air. The tourism department organises boat rides here, though they were not operational at the time of research.

Significance

While earlier the official Ramanavami celebrations of the state were held in Bhadrachalam, after Andhra's bifurcation, the Kodandarama Swamy Temple was chosen as the venue. The Brahmotsavam of the temple falls around Ramanavam (March-April). There are plans to develop the shrine as a spiritual centre on the lines of Tirumala.

Where to Stay:

APTDC's Haritha Hotel (Cell: 09666806906, Tariff: 1,254), located on the highway, overlooks the lake and is walking distance from the temple. It has ten rooms and an unremarkable restaurant.

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How to Reach

The closest airport near this temple is in Kadapa. 

Vontimitta is the nearest Train Station.

This temple is well connected by Kadapa.

Best time to visit

  1. jan

  2. feb

  3. mar

  4. apr

  5. may

  6. jun

  7. jul

  8. aug

  9. sep

  10. oct

  11. nov

  12. dec

Timings: 6.00 am - 1.00 pm & 2.00 - 8.00 pm

"One can pay a visit to the temple throughout the year". However, the best time is during the celebration of the festivals and Utsavam"

 

Highlights

St Mary's Cathedral: Consecrated in 1992, the St Mary's Cathedral stands out amongst Kadapa's many churches.

Bhagawan Mahaveer District Archaeological Museum: Established in 1982, the museum has a modest collection of inscriptions, statues, weapons, stone tools and miniature paintings.

Pedda Dargah: The Ameen Peer Dargah or the pedda Dargah (literally 'big shrine'), as it is colloquially known, attracts not only devotees cutting across class and religious lines, but also celebrities.

Proddatur: The city of Proddatur is an important business and trading centre. While there is not much to see here.

Danavulapadu: Jainism flourished in Andhra Pradesh for more than a thousand years-roughly from 2nd century BCE to 13th century CE.

Brahmamgari Matham: The temple of Brahmamagari Matham marks the place where the 17th century seer Pothuluri Veera Brahmendra Swamy attained samadhi(enlightenment).

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