Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple, Andhra Pradesh

Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple

The Sri Kodanadaramaswami temple is a 10th century shrine constructed by the Chola kings, and is dedicated to Lord Sri Rama who is said to be one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Legend has it that the almighty Lord Rama, along with his Goddess Sita and Lakshman, made this temple their home on their way back from the exile in Ceylon. Lakshman and Sita flank the main deity of Lord Rama in the main shrine.

Narasimharaya Mudiliyar supposedly began the construction of this temple, and the architecture shows the confluence of various styles. The Garbha griha and antarala shows the Vijayanagara influence while the cornice above the wall is decorated with Simhalalata gables. The Vimana with Kuta, panjara, sale, panjara and kutaencompass show the influence of Ekatala while a polka with lions in the four corners above this table along with a vertical ribbon in the shikhara belongs to the Vesara order. The shikhara is round in shape and holds a metal kalasha above it.

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