Gona Budda Reddy, also known as Ranganatha (13th century CE), was a poet and ruler living in southern India.[1]

Gona Budda Reddy
Reign13th century CE

Written workEdit

His Ranganatha Ramayanam was a pioneering work in the Telugu language on the theme of the Ramayana epic. Most scholars believe he wrote it between 1300 and 1310 A.D., possibly with help from his family.[2] The work has become part of cultural life in Andhra Pradesh and is used in puppet shows.[1]

Gona DynastyEdit

During the Kakatiya dynasty (995-1323), Gona Budda Reddy ruled a kingdom in Mahbubnagar district from Vardhamaanapuram (currently known as Nandi Vaddemaan) and Khilla Ghanpur (Fort Ghanpur) in modern-day Ghanpur, Mahbubnagar district. He and his family, the Gona dynasty, was mostly loyal to the Kakatiya dynasty. When he died, his brother Gona Lakuma Reddy took over the kingdom and rebelled against the Kakatiya, but his son Gona Ganna Reddy remained loyal to them in Vardamanapuram,[3] (1262-1296 AD) indirectly supporting the rule of Kakatiya Queen Rudrama Devi against opposition to female rule.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Telugu World literature". teluguworld.org. India Network Foundation — Telugu.
  2. ^ Rao, P. Adeswara (1 January 1995). "II: International Impact of Rāmāyaṇa § 1. Translations and adaptations". In Pollet, Gilbert (ed.). Indian Epic Values: Rāmāyaṇa and Its Impact : Proceedings of the 8th International Rāmāyaạ Conference, Leuven, 6-8 July 1991. Peeters Publishers. pp. 59–66.
  3. ^ "History of District § Kakatiyas (995-1323)". mahabubnagar.nic.in. The Official Website of Mahabubnagar District.
  4. ^ Kumar, Sravan (10 October 2015). "All You Need To Know About Gona Ganna Reddy Kakatiya Ruler : Rudramadevi, Allu Arjun". Belvoireagle.com. Archived from the original on 20 February 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016.