There has not been enough patronage, says temple priest
The historic Kodandaramaswamy temple in this coastal village, a flourishing port since the Satavahana kings, has stood the test of time.
Replete with inscriptions throwing light on the history and culture of Andhra people during the ancient and medieval periods, it is worth preserving as a heritage site.
The temple with the idols of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman, was a beehive of religious activity for several centuries.
But there has not been enough patronage now, laments the temple hereditary priest Alahari Sesha Kalpasai while making preparations for the Sriramanavami celebrations on Friday.
The temple had been subjected to plunder in the past in view of enormous wealth including gold ornaments and precious stones stored in it.
The temple had long been the main centre of social, religious and literary discourses he recalls while closing the temple after daily rituals.
''The priest is waging a lone battle in protecting the temple'', adds former village Sarpanch P.V.Rama Rao.
''Security to the temple is our main concern'', adds the village elder showing the dilapidated Kalayana mandapam, reminding one of the glorious past.