Location: Nandampakkam area, Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights:An ancient Ram temple associated with the period of Ram
Nearest Railway Station:Chennai
How to reach:Well connected by road from Chennai
Hotel: A lot of options across Chennai
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Nandampakkam is an area of Chennai city which has become very popular in the last one decade thanks to DLF IT Park and Trade Center. Hardly, few people know that this is not a new area. Similar to Tiruvanmiyur, Nandampakkam has it association with Ramayan, if we believe the legend. Let us discuss about an ancient temple of Lord Ram located in this area.
On the Mount Poonamallee High Road, opposite to Chennai Trade Center, in a small street, this temple called as Kodanda Ram temple is located.
Ram with Sita on his lap
Ram along with all his three brothers in the sanctum
Pattabhishek posture of Ram and Sita in the sanctum
Puranic name - Brindaranya
Teerth (Holy water) - Bhringi Teerth
Viman - Nalinaka Viman
When Ram and Lakshman were searching for Sita who had been kidnapped by Ravan, they passed through this site which is called as Nandampakkam nowadays. A Rishi named Bhringi was staying in a hermitage here. As per his request, Ram and Lakshman stayed here for one day. In Valmiki Ramayan, this site is referred as Brindaranya. In Kamba Ramayan, the same place is referred as Nandavanam. The name Nandavanam has become Nandampakkam in due course, it is believed.
Another theory is that due to Bhringi Rishi, the nearby hill was called Bhringi Malai. Later, it became Parangi Malai and subsequently St. Thomas Mount.
It is believed that Tirukkachi Nambi constructed a small temple for Lord Ram in the 11th century CE.
A territory representative of Vijayanagara Emperor Krishnadeva Raya, Sanjeeva Raya by name, constructed the present temple with the shrines of Ram and Srinivasa in the 16th century CE.
The temple has two entrances with two gopuras, east facing and south facing. The east facing gopura has five tiers and the other one has two tiers.
The south facing sanctum enshrines Ram with Sita on his lap in Pattabhishek posture. His brothers Lakshman, Bharat and Shatrughna are seen together in the sanctum. Hanuman shrine is found facing towards the sanctum.
There is an east facing sanctum of Srinivasa Perumal with his two consorts on his either sides. In Ardha mandap, the shrines of Alarmel Mangai and Andal are situated. Deepa stambha, bali peetha, flag staff and Garud idol are found facing towards the sanctum.
In the prakara the sub-shrines of Nammalvar, Ananda Anjaneya and Sudarshan with Narasimha on the back side are found.
In Maha mandap, the sub-shrines of Tirukachi Nambigal, Ramanuja and Manavala Mamunigal are located.
There is a beautiful Nandavanam (garden) with a sub-shrine for Nandavana Kannan.
The temple pond is found outside the temple complex.