The Ram Temple Of Vontimitta located in Rajampet taluk of Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh has its unique history! The temple was summoned by Vontudu and Mittudu, who’re once highwaymen, became saints and carved out their image and simply vanished!
The later part of the construction has been undertaken by Chola Kings and The Vijayanagar empire in the 16th century. The Master Poet Bammera Pothana also lived here and used to visit this shrine for thought and wrote Andhra Mahabhagavatham. Poet Saint Annamacharya also visited this shrine and composed some of his Keerthan on The Ram. Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, a French explorer visited this temple in 1652 and praised it for its elegant Vijayanagara Style architecture from Sandhara order
The Sanctum was carved out of a single rock and even the central deities were carved from the same rock that depicts, Ram, Sita and Lakshman. Along with the great temple towers, Rangamandapa and the Madhyarangamandapa holds exquisite carvings of Krishna, Vishnu, Apsaras along with ancient creatures like Yalis and other mythical beings. Ram Navami, the Coronation Day of The Ram is chiefly celebrated in this temple.
– Viswanath Venkat Dasari
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