September 22, 2011

Chenglepet Kothandaramar Temple

Chenglepet is an important city located near Chennai city, the gateway to South India. Kothandaramar temple is an important temple and tourist spot in Chenglepet city. The temple is located at the center of the city hardly around 1 km from the Railway station and bus stand.

The main shrine of the temple has the rare sculpture or Lord Rama sitting in the pattabhishek posture (royal ceremony) along with Sita in the sitting posture with her left leg raised and the right leg folded. The brothers of Rama, Lakshman, Bharat and Shatrugna along with the small idol of Hanuman also surround the idols of divine couple in the sanctum santorum. The bronze idols (utsav aka procession idols) of Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman are also found in the main shrine.

Near the main shrine, there is a shrine which houses the idols of Vishnu devotees and saints such as few Alwars, Mudali Andan and Ramanuj. There is another shrine for Varadar.

This small old temple doesn't have a tower. However, it has flag staff and bali peeth similar to any other typical South Indian temple. There is a small shrine for Hanuman facing the main shrine.

The temple has one prakara (corridor) which houses the shrines for Perundevi and the famous and rare idol of Hanuman with Shaneeswar on his feet. This Hanuman idol is called as Veera Anjaneya and it is more popular than the main deity of the temple in this city.

One pillar in this temple has a special bas relief image of Lord Ganesha.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Kothandaramar Temple
Site Type: Hindu temple
Location:  1 km from railway station, Chenglepet city, near Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: The most famous temple in Chenglepet city; Rama and family in pattabhishek posture; Shaneeswara on the foot of Hanuman
Nearest Railway Station: Chenglepet
Nearest Airport: Chennai
How to reach: Train from Chennai and nearby towns; Easily reachable by road
Hotel: Mostly budget hotels; star hotels are available in Chennai 
Restaurants: It's difficult to find good restaurants

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