June 12, 2011

Kondanda Ramar temple

This article is to talk about the Kodanda Ramar temple, which  is situated at Madley
Road of West Mambalam in Chennai.

This temple is around 150 years old. The  highlight of the temple is that Lord Ram is found seated on royal throne with his consort Sita on his left.  Hanuman is at his footstep and his brother Lakshman is found holding the royal umbrella. This depiction of Pattabhishek posture of Ram is similar to that of the famous Badrachalam temple. Hence, this temple of Kodanda Ramar is also called as the southern Badrachalam.

Kothanda Ramar Temple
In 1927 CE, the idols of Kodanda Ram (Ram holding bow) along with Sita and Lakshman are installed behind the idols of Pattabhishek Rama. Thereafter, this temple is referred as Kodanda Ramar temple. The bronze idols (utsav idols) of Ram, Lakshman and Sita are also found in the main shrine.

Other shrines in the temple:

1) Yoga Narasimha along with the bronze idols of Srinivasa-Sri Devi-Bhoo Devi and Krishna
2) Ranganath along with Sri Devi, Bhoo Devi and Brahma; the bronze idol is also found
3) Ranganayaki (the Goddess)
4) Kulasekara Alwar
5) Alwars
6) Manavala Mamunigal and Udayavar
7) Andal
8) Sanjeevi Parvat Hanuman

The temple also has a huge and clean tank.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Kodanda Ramar Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  West Mambalam, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: A famous Rama temple in Chennai; Pattabhishek posture similar to Badrachalam; also called as Southern Badrachalam

Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India

Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from any part of the city; local train facility is also available in West Mambalam
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city

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