Vontimitta Temple Overview
Kodanda Rama Swamy temple is located at Vontimitta, Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh and also dedicated to Lord Rama (Lord Vishnu). Kodanda Rama Swamy temple is listed to be one of the largest temples of Andhra Pradesh. The temple depicts artistic skill of the Vijayanagara architectural style, which was said to be in existence from 16th century. The temple is believed to be built by Vontudu and Mittudu. Vontudu and Mittudu was earlierly said to be robbers and was later became the great devotees of Lord Rama.
Bammera Potana, an Indian Telugu poet who lived in Vontimitta, wrote a great canon Maha Bhagavatham in Telugu language and dedicated it to Lord Rama. Vavilakolanu Subba Rao also called as Andhra Valmiki as he translated one of the greatest epics of Indian literature Ramayana into Telugu language was also said to have worshiped Lord Rama at this temple. Annamacharya, a 15th-century Hindu saint and Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, a 17th-century French gem merchant and traveler, was also said to have visited this temple. There is a Mandapam (hall) dedicated to Bhavanasi Mala Obanna, a devotee of Lord Rama who sang songs in praise of Lord Rama.