June 12, 2011

Kothanda Ramar temple

You can find a lot of temples dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the devotee of Lord Rama. However, it is very rare to find a temple for Lord Rama, one of the important incarnations of Lord Vishnu, as per Hindu scripts. In Chennai, the South Indian city, there is a temple dedicated to Lord Rama. This temple is situated at Madley
Road of West Mambalam area and is called as Kothandaramar temple.

Kothandaramar temple is located in West Mambalam (near T.Nagar), one of the most happening places in
Chennai city and a highly crowded area. However, it is unfortunate that anybody can be hardly seen in this
huge beautiful temple. This temple is around 150 years old. The main highlight of the temple is that Lord Rama is present with his consort Sita on his left feet along with his devotee Hanuman at his footstep and his brother Lakshman holding the royal umbrella. Basically the pattabhishek (crowning ceremony) scene of Lord Rama is depicted in the form of idol in this temple. This is similar to the famous Badrachalam temple. Hence, this temple of Kothandaramar temple is also called as the southern Badrachalam.

Kothanda Ramar Temple
In 1927 AD, the idols of Kothanda Rama (Rama with bow) along with Sita and Lakshman are installed behind the idols of Pattabhishek Rama. Thereafter, this temple is referred as Kothanda Ramar temple. The bronze idols (utsav idols) of Rama, 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: Kothanda 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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