Thursday, 14 April 2016


About the Temple
During 1981, on the divine will the “Maha Swamigal" Sri Chandra sekharendra Saraswathi of "Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt” advised a couple of Pozhichalur, who had no “Putra Baghyam” since 15 years of their otherwise happy married life, to donate a “Hanuman Idol” to a temple; for fulfillment of their desire to have a child.and blessed them.
Accordingly, an “idol of Hanuman” was donated to the local Siva temple, where there was no separate Sannidhi then to install the idol. The couple also could not construct a separate “Sanctum sanctorum” inside the Siva temple for Hanuman. They naturally got worried as they were unable to fulfill the “Devine offer” of Maha Swamigal. Therefore, they approached the local Hanuman Bakhtas to help them towards construction of a sannidhi / temple for the Anjaneya idol, which was kept / lying idle then, in the Siva temple. For the reasons best known to all those concerned then, construction of a sannidhi for Hanuman could not be done inside the Siva temple.
Intriguing question there after for the Hanuman Bakhtas, as to where to go, for an idol then, without which building of even a small temple could not be constructed.
Providentially , then (during 1981), they came to know , that one Samayapuram Ramanatha Swamigal, was undertaking numerous “Kumbabhishekams”, renovation of old temples in Tamilnadu, at the instance of Maha Swamigal of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti mutt. The Hanuman Bakhtas in their understandable urge to fulfill their desire, / “devine direction “approached Samayapuram Ramanatha Swamigal for help. Sri Ramanatha Swamigal readily and gracefully consented to donate an Anjaneya Vighraha in December 1981.
The said Anjaneya Vighraha was blessed by “Mahaswamigal” who was then camping at Satara in Maharashtra, was religiously / auspiciously kept before a very large gathering for worship and “Kunkuma Archana” by 1008 ”Sumangalis” by Samiapuram Ramanatha Swamigal at Hema Malini Kalyana Mandapam – Alwarpet –Chennai.
The Anjaneya idol, after due completion of all connected Archanas, Mangala pujas, was willingly and whole heartedly handed over to Hanuman Bakhtas of Pozhichalur, by the said Samayapuram Ramanatha swamigal.
At the time of Installation (Prathishti) of the Anjaneya idol, the learned scholar of Pancharatra agama Raja gopalachariar of Maduranthakam Kothanda Ramar sannadhi after seeing the idol, expressed in a surprising tone that the idol in its bottom has a self engraved “yanthram” and it is the Anjaneya Beejatcharam. The yanthram made out in a copper plate need not be installed underneath the idol, as is being done in almost all installations now a day.
The Vedic scholar, categorically said that this is a rarest phenomena, since stapathis of very long yesteryears only could do it while sculpting “Moola vighrahas” Therefore a routine placement of copper drawn “Yanthiram” with “BijaksharaMantram” is less effective while the Beejaksharam in the moolavars idol is very powerful and the idol will always bestow the well being of the devotees at Pozhichalur.
The said scholar also said that the Sannidhi of Anjaneya & a ringbolt in the close proximity of ‘Thiruneermalai” which is one of the 108 Vaishnava Divya desams” has the “Deekshanyam’ of the “Neervanna Perumal” of Thiruneermalai. Infact, the “Sri Sathari” in use at the Anjaneya sannidhi was kept in the sannidhi of the Neervanna Perumal at Thiruneermalai and brought in the procession to the Anjaneyar Temple.

Moolavar Vigrahas

    -    Lord Sri Rama,along with Mother Sita and Lord Lakshmana.
    -    Lord Anjaneya

Urchavar Vigrahas

    -    Lord Sri Rama,along with Mother Sita and Lord Lakshmana.
    -    Lord Anjaneya
    -    Lord Sri Chakrathazhvar
    -    Lord Sri Santhanakrishnan

Apart from the above deities,the Serpent God Lord Nagar appears beneath a tree inside the temple.


Saidapet is located in the banks of river Adyar and is a part of the Chennai corporation, presently. Before the extension of the city limits this was part of Changalput District. Before that this pace was once under the rule of Saiyad Khan and he had named the place after him as "Saiyad Khan Pettai", subsequently the name Saidaipettai and now Saidapet. Well before this, it was under the rule of Emperor Sri Krishnadevaraya dynasty and Sri Desai was the local chieftain representing the Emperor.
Temple for Lords in Saidapet Sanjivirayan alias Sri Rama Baktha Anjaneyar Temple, Saidapet, Chennai
As Vijayanagar dynasty representative, Sri Desai had been governing this area. He had built a beautiful temple for Sri Rama with his concert. The four pillared mandapam in front of the temple is a testimony to the influence of the Vijayanagara rulers. The place gets its name from the temple and the presiding deity of the area, as a normal practice. This place then was known as Sri Raghunathapuram after Sri Kothanda Ramar the presiding deity of the temple. Adjoining areas were known as Thirukaraneeswaram , after Thirukaraneeswar (Lord Siva) and Thirunaaraiyur, after Sowindhiswaran.
Temple of Sri Rama and Sri Anjaneya
The temple for Sri Rama is placed in the center of the locality. Lord Kothanda Ramar along with Sri Sita Devi and Sri Lakshmanan are facing South towards the Adyar river. On the banks of the river around half kilo meter away stands a small beautiful temple for Lord Anjaneya. Lord Anjaneya of this temple is facing Lord Kothanda Ramar with anjali hasta (folded hands). Originally when the main temple for Lord Kothanda Ramar was built around four hundred years or so, the Anjaneya should have been seen praying to His Lord with the open space between these two temples. Today these have become two different temples. Presently the perpendicular road linking these two temples is known as Anjaneyar Koil Street. In the main temple, even today one can see a small window opening just opposite to the Lord Kothanda Ramar sannadhi for uninterrupted view of the Lord and His devotee.
Temple for Sri Anjaneya
As the distance between these two temples were getting filled with population, the temple of Lord Anjaneya and Sri Rama became separate entity. Around two hundred years back a small sannadhi for Lord Anjaneya was built opposite to the Lord Ramar sannadhi in the main temple itself. Around sixty years back a small Ramar sannadhi was built in temple of Lord Anjaneya.
Temple of Rama becomes temple of Perumal
Around the time when sannadhi for Lord Anjaneya was built in the main temple, another sannadhi for Lord Vishnu was also built facing East. Lord Narasimha of Triplicane (Sri Tulasinga Perumal of Triplicane)had since visited this temple during that time, the Lord Vishnu of this temple is known as "Sri Pressana Venkata Narasimha Perumal". Two mandapams one north of the temple and the other east of the temple were also built marking the boundaries of the "Sri Raghunathapuram". The main temple came to be known as "Perumal Koil", since there are two presiding deity in the temple. The Lord Anjaneya was then installed as the presiding deity in the ula mandapam just half kilo meter east of Perumal temple. Lord Anjaneya was recently installed as the presiding deity in the Gangai kondan mandapam half kilo meter north of the Perumal temple. The presiding deities of the Perumal temple visit all these three temples of Lord Anjaneya during the festivals.
Oldest temple of Lord Anjaneya in Chennai
The temple for Lord Anjaneya in the banks of river Adyar is one of the oldest temple built by the rulers of Vijayanagar dynasty, in the present Chennai. This simple looking temple where Lord Anjaneya is the presiding deity had been built around four hundred years ago. Lord is seen facing North towards the Perumal Koil where Lord Kothanda Ramar is facing South and giving dharshan to His devotee. The Lord is seen with folded hand as a Baktha Anjaneya. The Lord though seen as small made the grace He showers on the devotees is large and He wipes out our sorrows when worshipped.
During the British raj the then Governor of Madras Province had given 1.35 acres of land around the temple in 1862 officially to the management. Today the temple complex has a small sannadhi for Durga, Iyeappan and Ganapati. Sannadhi for Ramar near Lord Lord Anjaneya, and Lord Garuda just opposite to Lord Rama. The pupel tree in the complex adds to the serene atmosphere of the temple on the banks of river Adyar. In the evening time devotees assemble here to chant the name of the Lord. Originally known as Sanjivirayan temple, presently it is known as Rama Baktha Anjaneyar temple.

Lord Rama is equally venerated in south India along with Lord Vishnu and Lord Jagannatha. Hence several temples have also been erected, which house Lord Rama as the superior deity. There are a large number of temples, both big and small dedicated to Lord Rama in South India. Some of these, like the temples at Bhadrachaiam (Andhra Pradesh) and Vaduvur (Tamil Nadu) are famous and draw a large number of devotees. However, there are some Rama temples, stationed in small towns and villages, which are not so well known, but are unique in their own way. To this category belong the three Rama temples, each distinctive and exclusive, found in the verdant villages of Ponvilainda Kalathur (P.V.Kalathur) and Ponpadirkudam in Kanchipuram district. Ponvilainda Kalathur is approximately eight kilometers from Chengalpattu town. Among these Rama temples mention may be made of Chaturbhuja Rama swami Temple, Sri Kodandaramasvami (Pattabhirama) Temple and Darbhasayana Seturama Temple.

Chaturbhuja Ramasvami Temple: - The Chaturbhuja Rama Temple is one of the trio Rama Temples of South India. The significant aspect about the Temple is the Chaturbhuja Rama icon. The legendary story depicts that the temple is several hundred years old and house the stone images of the Rama, his consort Devi Sita, Lakshmana. Hanuman is found here to be standing at the entrance of the sanctum, offering respect to the Lord.

Sri Kodandaramasvami (Pattabhirama) Temple: - The icon of Lord Rama is tucked in his human image. Here the lord has two arms, holding his bow and arrow. He is also placed with his consort Devi Sita in the same pedestal. The significant theme of the Rama icon in the Kodandaramasvami (Pattabhirama) Temple is the pattabhisheka scene of the legend of Ramayana.

Darbhasayana Seturama Temple: - The bronze image of Lord Rama is the chief attraction of this temple. The stone icon of Lord Rama was made just like the Rama image in the temple at Tirupullani. The image of the Lord here conforms to the Darbhasayana episode of Ramayana. The episode is related to the penance of Rama, in order to impress Samudra raja so that he can cross the sea safely to Lanka.

These trio Rama Temples although small in structure are significant among the Rama temples. The legendary stories associated with it enhanced the mythological splendor of these temples.

Rama Temple is an ancient Vaishnavite temple located near the Koyambedu Market in Chennai. The deity is seen in standing position. The temple also has a shrine for Kanakavali. Belief is that the place was once the ashram of sage Valmiki. The temple holds a rare image of sage Valmiki holding Lav and Kush, the sons of Lord Ram. It also houses the inscriptions of Ramayana in palm leaf.

Kodanda Ramar Temple, West Mambalam, Chennai (கோதண்ட   ராமர்)

West Mambalam Kodanda Ramar TempleWest Mambalam Kodanda Ramar TempleWest Mambalam Kodanda Ramar Temple


The Kodanda Ramar Temple is located in West Mambalam, Chennai. The temple is half a km away from the T. Nagar bus terminus.


The Kodanda Ramar Temple is dedicated to Sri Vishnu as Kodanda Ramar, Sri Vishnu as Ranganathar and Divine Mother Shakti as Ranganayaki Thayar.

Shines and Deities:

Main Shrines:

  • Sri Vishnu as Kodanda Ramar (கோதண்ட   ராமர்)
  • Sri Vishnu as Ranganathar (அரங்கநாதர்)
  • Devi as Ranganayaki Thayar (அரங்கநயகி   தாயார்)

Sri Vishnu:

  • Sri Yoga Narasimhar (யொக   நரசிம்மர்)

Bhakta Hanuman:

  • Sri Sanjiviparvata Anjaneyar (சஞ்சீவிபர்வத   ஆஞ்சநேயர்)


  • Sri Kulasekhara Azhwar (குலசேகர   ஆழ்வார்)
  • Sri Senaimudalvar (சேனைமுதல்வர்)
  • Sri Nammazhwar (நம்மழ்வார்)
  • Sri Thirumangai Alvar (திருமங்கையாழ்வார்)
  • Sri Uddaiyavar (உடையவர்)
  • Sri Manavala Mamunigal (மணவாள   மாமுனிகள்)
  • Sri Garudazhwar (கருடாழ்வார்)
  • Sri Andal (ஆண்டாள்)
·         Chaturbhuja Ramasvami Temple, South India
·         Chaturbhuja Rama swami Temple is one of the three significant temples dedicated to Lord Rama. On the lush outskirts of the tiny village of Ponpadirkudam is stationed the small temple for Chaturbhuja Ramasvami. As the legendary stories depicts, the temple is several hundred years old. The sanctum-sanctorum (garbha-griha) or the principal chamber of this shrine, which faces east, houses the stone images of Rama, Lakshmana, Sita and Hanuman. The principal deity here is Lord Rama, who is seated in the altar with his consort Sita. The principal attraction about this temple is the icon of Lord Rama. The icon of Rama here is particularly unique as he has four hands. Due to this posture he is called Chaturbhuja. The temple is also named after the name of the deity. In His upper left hand He holds the sankha (conch) and in the upper right hand, the chakra (discus). The lower right hand is in abhaya hasta, affording protection to the devotee while the left hand is in varada or boon-giving pose. This exquisite image of Rama with a benevolent smile, seated in ardha-padmasana with His bent left leg resting on the seat and right leg placed in front is truly fascinating.
·         Eri Katha Rama Temple, Tiruninravur, South India
·         Eri Katha Rama Temple is one of the significant temples dedicated to Lord Sri Rama. Since the popular deity worshipped in most of the temples is Lord Vishnu, Lord Rama ceased to achieve equal veneration like Lord Vishnu. The place Tiruninravur, apart from being popular as the abode of famous Vishnu temples, is also well known as the home to another very ancient temple dedicated to Lord Rama. The Rama temple of Tiruninravur is known as Kaiunakaramurti and Daasharathi and fondly referred to as Eri Katha Rama. This small shrine is also facing, east. It is located in a very scenic spot about half a kilometer west of the Bhaktavatsala Perumal temple, with the holy tank known as Kshira Pushkarini on one side and bordered by the vast lake named Varuna Pushkarini on another.
·         Kothandarmaswamy temple - Dhanushkodi
·         Kothandarmaswamy temple is 18km from Rameswaram
The island Dhanuskodi was hit by the 1964 cyclone, yet the Kothandarmaswamy temple survived. It contains Moolava & urchava deityies of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman and Vibishana.
Here Vibishnana surrenderd before Rama.
·         Karaikal Rama Temple
·         Karaikal is around 20km from Nagapatinum. Rama temple is a small one. Main deity (Moolavar) Varadharaja with Sridevi and Boodevi. Urchava deity Kothandarama with Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman. Ramanavami festival is very famous here.
·         Kumbakonam Rama Temple (Ramaswamy temple)
·         Kumbakonam Rama Temple is 2Km from kumbakonam.
Moolava Rama and Sita are in sitting position. Bharata and Satrughna are in standing position.
Hanuman holding a Veena.
·         In mandapam there are several exquisite pillars with sculptures of events from the Ramayana.
On the walls around the temples are beautiful paintings of the Ramayana.
The Nayak King Raghunath built this temple in the 16th and 17th century.
·         Unique Feature: Here Rama and Sita are sitting in the same throne, Hanuman Holding a veena.
·         Madurantakam Rama Temple
·         Madurantakam Ramar Temple is 80 km from Chennai.The main and urchava deity are Kothanda Rama. Sita and Laskhmana
·         In olden days the place was known as Bakularanyam due to the sweet-smelling Bakula flowers which used to grow there in plenty.
Krita Yuga Brahma Putras installed vishnu(Karunakaramurthy) in the hermitage of the great sage Vibhandaka and attained salvation by worshipping him.
Tretayuga Rama returning to Ayodhya from srilanka in Pusbaka viman, viman struck here. Rama prayed the karunakaramurthy and continued his journey
Ramanuja got his panchasamakaram here from periyanambikal.
Madurantakam tank area was 13 square miles and a depth of 21 feet. every year rains will damage the villages due to breach in tank. Colonel Blaze prayed the god to stop the breaches in the tank.this time there was no breaches. he visited the tank and saw two warriors (Rama and Lakshmana) bearing bow guarding the bunds.he build the temple for sita and Rama came to be known as the Erikatha Ramar (Rama who saved the tank).
Unique Feature: Here two sets of urchava deitys are there
·         Mudikondan Rama Temple
·         Mudikondan Kothanda Ramar Temple is 20 km from Mayiladuthurai. The 2,000-year-old temple lies between Thirukannapuram and Sirupuliyur.The main and urchava deity are Kothanda Rama. Sita and Laskhmana
·         Needamangalam Rama Temple (Santhanarama swamy temple)
·         Needamagalam santhana rama Temple is 30 km from Kumbakonam.
Moolava and Urchava deity rama sita lakshmana and hanuman.
·         Maharastra king pratab singh build the temple in 1761. queen name is yamunabal. so the place called as yamunambal in olden days now it is called as needamangalam.king prayed the lord rama and god the child. so it is famous for newley married person who look for the child.
take a dip in saketha tank in front of the temple and pray the rama to get the kids
The king also build the Punnainallur rama temple.

Saligrama Kothandaramar Koil Punnai Nallur

The Only Ramar temple in India with all the moolavar deities made of the sacred ‘Saligramam’ Stone
1400 year old Utsavar idols of Raama, Sita and Lakshmana
‘Saligarama Kothandaramar’ Koil is located in Punnai Nallur, about 7kms East of Thanjai Maa Mani Divya Desam, on the Thanjavur-Nagapattinam Highway and about ½km North of the Thanjavur Mariamman koil. This temple is said to be the Abhimaana Sthalam of Neelamegha Perumal of Thanjai Maa Mani koil.

Saligrama Moolavar
This is possibly the only (Raamar) temple in India where the moolavar deities of Raama, Sita, Lakshmana and Sugreeva have been made of the sacred ‘Saligramam’ stone. One normally finds the black Saligramam (stone) in the shape of a small stone. Here at the Kothandaramar temple, each of the big sized moolavar idol (all of them are in Standing Posture) is from the Saligramam stone. It is believed that a Nepal king (who was the son in law of Thanjavur) presented the sacred ‘Saligramam’ stones to the Thanjavur king.

Historical Utsavar Idols
The utsavar idols of Raama, Sita and Lakshmana that one sees today are said to be 1400 years old. These were found buried at Puvanur village near Needamangalam about 25kms from here.
Special Status for Vaanara King Sugreeva
Another feature at this temple is the special status assigned to the monkey king Sugreeva. It is believed that Raama, in recognition of Sugreeva’s help in finding Sita, wanted the Vaanara King by his side.

Construction of the temple
The temple was built by the Maratha king Pratap Singh, who lived in the 18th century and who contributed in no small way to a number of Vishnu temples in and around Thanjavur. There are references to the fact that the Maratha queen Emunaambal Bai set aside a lot of fertile land for the Kothandaramar temple. She also contributed in various other ways to the progress of the temple. Maratha King Shivaji and Kaamatchiamba Bai also contributed in a big way to this temple.

Sun Signs - Another speciality
Lord Hanuman is seen in a separate sannidhi in a standing posture facing South with a lifted right hand and with a lotus in his left hand.

On the upper wall of the Hanuman sannidhi, one finds stone carvings of the 12 sun signs. The belief is that devotees who stand under their respective sun sign and offer sincere prayers to the Lord will be relieved from all the difficulties relating to their sun sign.

HayaGriva Sannidhi
It is also believed that Lord Hayagriva will assist in the education and intellectual learning for those who invoke his blessings here at the Kothandaramar temple on the Thiruvonam day every month.
Management of the temple
The Kothandaramar temple is under the management of Shri. Babaji Rajah Bhonsle, the current prince of the Thanjavur Palace.

A couple of other Kothandaramar koil in Tamil Nadu are Eri Kaatha Ramar koil in Madurantakam
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Ramar Koil in Vaduvur on the Thanjavur-Mannargudi highway

Quick Facts
Moolavar Deities : Saligrama Kothandaramar Standing Posture with Sita, Lakshmana, and Sugreeva
Utsavar : Raamar with Sita Devi and Lakshmana
Temple Time : 7am to 12.30pm and 5pm to 830pm
Priest : C. Venkatesa Bhattar @ 97897 42778
Contact Address : 4/32 Ramar Sannathi Street Mariyammankovil(PO) Thanjavur 613501
Festivals : 9 day Rama Navami Utsavam in Panguni – Brahomotsavam
Garuda Sevai on Chaturthi day, Chariot procession on Navami day

How to reach the temple
One can board the Thanjavur- Nagapattinam /Amma Pettai and get down at Mariamman Koil stop.
·         Solavanthan Rama Temple
·         Solavanthan rama Temple is 21km from Madurai.
Moolava deity is Sri janaka narayanan with Sridevi and boodevi
Urchava deity Kothanda rama, Sita,Lakshmana and Hanuman.
·         Thanjavur Rama Temple (Vijaya Kothandarama temple)
·         Thanjavur rama Temple is 250km from Chennai.
Moolava and Urchava deity rama sita lakshmana and hanuman.
·         Thirupullani Rama Temple (Dharbasayanam rama temple)
·         Thirupullani rama Temple is 8km from Ramanathapuram
Moolava deity Adi jaganatha perumal and Padmasani Thayar.Moolava deity also known as Kalyana Jaganatha perumal
Urchava deity is Rama, Sita, lakshmana and Hanuman.
·         Sri Rama have laid for three days on kusha grass facing the sea and invoked the aid of the sea God for safe passage to Sri Lanka. Sri Vibeshana with his consort surrendered at the feet of Sri. Rama and hence known as Sarnagathi sthala
Unique Feature: Rama in sleeping pose. Adi jaganatha in standing pose.
·         Thirupullam Boothankudi Rama Temple
·         Thirupullaboothankudi rama Temple is 10km from kumbakonam.
Moolava deity Rama, Sridevi lakshman and hanuman
Urchava deity Valvil rama have four hands with Sridevi and boodevi.
·         Unique Feature: one of the Divyadesam
Sree Rama rested after giving Moksha to Jadayu as per Ramayan.
Sree Rama has got with his Chakra and Sangu like bhadrachalam.
Sita is not seen with Him, as Ravana had already abducted her.
·         Thiruvallur Rama Temple (Veera raghava temple)
·         Thiruvallur rama Temple is 40km from Chennai.
Moolava deity Veeraragavan and Kanakavalli thayar
·         Bathing in the temple tank, and worshipping Veeraraghavaperumaal here, is a cure to many a physical ailment, and hence the deity is also known as Vaidya Veeraraghava Perumal
·         Unique Feature: one of the Divyadesam
moolava Veeraragavan in reclining posture.
·         Thiruvelliyankudi Rama Temple (Kolavilli rama temple)
·         Thiruvelliyankudi rama Temple is 20km from kumbakonam.
Moolava Kolavill rama, Marakatavalli thayar
Urchava deity sringara sundaran
·         Unique Feature: one of the Divyadesam
moolava kolavill rama in recling posture
Garuda having counch and discus.
It is believed that visiting this DivyaDesam is equivalent to visiting all of the 108 shrines
·         Vaduvur Rama Temple
·         Vaduvur rama Temple is 15km from tanjavur
Moolava and Urchava deity Rama, Sita,Lakshmana and Hanuman.
·         one day Rishis asked Rama not live alone when rama is in forest. Rama taken the Idol form and kept outside his home. Rama asked this time whom you want the Idol or me. Every one is astonised the beauty of idol and said we need the idol they workshipped the idol.
·         Rama came in Saraboji kings dream and said I am in Thalai gnayiru near Thiruthuraipoondi.King unearthed the Deities and place it in Vaduvur.
Vaduvur is also called Vakularangam and Dhakshina Ayodhi.

Satya Vratha Ramar Temple

Rajeswari Nagar, Selaiyur, Chennai
Sri Venugopala Krishna Swamy Temple
Located at Pavalakara Street, Muthialupet, 1 km north of Broadway bus stand, this is a many hundred years old temple and is the only ancient Krishnan temple within Chennai city. Srinivasa Perumal and Ramar shrines are also present. Thirumazhisai Azhwar stayed here for many years and has done Mangalasasanam.
Sri Parthasarathy Temple (Divya Desam)
This is one of the 108 Divya desams. The name of the place came from the term – Allikkeni, meaning the temple tank of Alli flowers called Kairavinisaras. Per Legend, Thiruvengadamudayan gave dharshan as Krishnan to Chola king Sumathirajan per his request and so the deity is called Venkatakrishnan and the vigraha was installed by Attreya maharishi. The main deity is in the form of charioteer and so has a big moustache and the whole family of Krishnar – consort Rukmani, elder brother Balaramar, younger brother Satyaki, son Pradhyumna and grandson Anirudha are present in main shrine which can not be seen anywhere else. Since Krishnar promised not to take any weapons in His hands during the Mahabharatha war, He is seen here with Sangu only (without the Chakra). The Utsava vigraham bears scars supposed to be from the arrows of Bheeshmar, when he was the charioteer to Arjuna in the Mahabharatha war.
The special significance of the temple being that the perumals of the 5 divya desams – Thirupathi Venkatesa Perumal, Srirangam Ranganathar, Kancheepuram Varadarajar, Ahobilam Narasimhar and Ayodhi Ramar – are present in separate shrines. As a rarity there are two dwajasthambams one for Sri Parathasarathy and the other for Sri Narasimhar. Also during Brahmosthavams, the temple car will run twice.
Ramanujar’s father AasuriKesavacharyar conducted an yagna here and got Ramanujar as his son. Thyagarajar, Muthuswamy Dhikshithar and Bharathiar lived here. Viveknandhar also visited this temple.
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‘Bharathiar Illam’ where Bharathiar lived is very nearby and all Bharathiar songs on Krishnar are based only on this deity. Just as a historical fact, he fell ill and died after this temple elephant hit him.

Sri Oppiliappan Pattabisheka Ramar Temple at Puzhudhivakkam.
This is located at Ram Nagar (North).
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Perumal Temple Thiruneermalai
Special: One of 108 Divya desams; considered as mukthi sthala
Location: In the Guindy-Tambaram GST Road, take the road opposite Pond’s factory (towards West) at Pallavaram and go further for about 3-4 kms to reach the temple.
Main deity: Vishnu in 4 different forms together in one divya desam
Legend: Sage Valmiki, after completing the Ramayana, visited the hillock top temple and came down and prayed Rama. Ranganathar and Ranganayaki, whom he saw gave dharshan at the base temple as Rama and Seetha; Adhisesha as Lakshman; Sanku, Chakra as Bharatha, Sathrugna; Garuda as Hanuman and Viswakarma as Sugreeva
Temple: This place is a small hill surrounded by green fields all around and there are two temples one at the hillock top with 108 steps and the other at the base. When Thirumangai Azhwar visited the place, this hill was surrounded by water and so is the name of the place ‘Thiruneermalai’. The hillock top temple has Ranganatha swamy and Ranganayaki thayar ‘Kidantha’ (lying) posture in the front shrine and as we go around we see Thiruvikrama perumal in ‘Nadantha’ (walking) posture known as ‘Ulagalandha Perumal’, and third deity Santha Narasimhar in ‘Iruntha’ (sitting) posture. The base temple has Kalyana Ramar as the main deity in the name of Neervannan in ‘Ninra’ (standing) posture.

Sri Ramanadeswarar Temple at Porur (Chennai Navagraha Sthalam  – Guru)
This is a being considered as a Guru (Jupiter) sthalam for Navagraha worship. This temple is located in the Eswaran Koil Street near the Porur main junction. Ramar worshipped Shiva here and the lingam present as Guru, is huge and beautiful. This is also called as ‘Uthara Rameswaram’. The speciality of this temple is the offering of Sadari and Theertham to devotees. This is usually done only in Vishnu temples. This practice is followed here to honour Rama’s devotion to Siva Peruman.
 Sri Kodandaramar temple at Oonamanjeri
This is a Vijayanagar temple. This temple has a deepastamba instead of dwajastamba. Seems lamps were lit in the deepastamba to illuminate the temple. A temple tank is also there. A sculpture of Varaha with Sun, Moon and a dagger can be seen here. This was the royal emblem of the Vijayanagara dynasty.  Copper plate inscriptions belonging to the Vijayanagaras are still there in this temple.
The best time to visit this temple is before 7:30 am since the temple priest leaves by that time after performing the pooja!
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