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SRI RAMANATHESWARAR TEMPLE

Porur, Tamilnadu, India

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God

The main diety of this temple is Ramanatheeswarar who is an incrarination of Lord Shiva facing East direction. Here Lord Shiva himself is worshipped as Sri Guru Bhagavan. The main idol measures 6 feet in height which is an Swayambu lingam.

Goddess

Mother is called as Sivakama Sundari who is the consort of Lord Shiva. She is found in the typical standing posture with four arms.

Interesting Facts

  • The Sthala Viruksham is Amla tree (Nelli tree). Holy Neem tree which is seen on the southern side of the prakaram. Lord Brahma is seen under the tree facing North direction.

Best Season To Visit

The best season to visit this temple is Winter season. The best months to visit are October to Febuary.

Weather

Highest - April to June (38°C during day and 26°C during night)Average - May (35 °C during the day and 23 °C during night)Lowest - October to February (26 °C during day and 17 °C during night)Monsoon season - June to September

Dress Code

  • For men the dress code is Shirt & Trouser, Dhoti or Pyjamas with upper cloth.
  • For women the preferred dress code is saree or half-saree with blouse or chudidhar with pyjama and upper cloth.
  • These rules are applicable for foreigners also. Shorts, mini-skirts, middies, sleeveless tops, low-waist jeans and short-length T-shirts are not allowed.
  • Pilgrims/visitors will not be allowed inside the temple if dress code s not followed.

Do's & Dont's

  • Do bathe and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do respect ancient customs and co-piligrims while at temple.
  • Smo​king is strictly prohibited inside the temple premises.

transport connections

Name Distance Contact Number
Mugalivakkam Bus Stand
2.4 KM 09500039516
Tirusulam Railway Station
10 KM 07871738608
Chennai International Airport
10 KM 044-22561122

Architecture

Sri Rama overwhelmed by the lord's mercy named the Shiva lingam as Sri Ramanaadheswarar and worshipped him. Hence the name of the temple is Ramanaadheswarar temple. This temple is facing East direction and built in Chola style of architecture. This temple welcomes its devotees with a 5-tiered Raja gopuram with just one prakaram. There is a tall dhwaja sthambam in front of gopuram. The sanctum is built in Gajabrishta shape (or) Thoongaanai Maadam type which is popular in Chola temple architecture. The entrance of sanctum has two big idols of Dwarapalakas and an idol of Ganesha.

There are Stucco images of 12 Rasis on the centre ceiling of the Maha mandapam. Stucco images of Kedharnath, Mallikarjun, Kashi Visvanathar, Beema sanakara Poornar, Triambakeswarar, Vedhanath Poorvi, Rameswarar, Kailangiri Nathar, Somnath, Nageswarar, Gukeswarar, Yamuleswarar, Omkareswarar, Mahakaleshwarar and Dasavatharam can be found in the Maha mandapam. The beautiful Koshta images of Ganesha, Dakshina Murti, Vishnu, Brahma and Durga are found around the sanctum. There is a separate shrine for Kaala Bairavar inside the temple premises. Since Rama consecrated this temple there are lots of Vaishnava figures in the outer praharam and the Vimanam. There are shrines of Sandana Vijaya Ganapati, Saneeswarar and Subramanya Valli - Devasena in the prakaram.

Religious Significance

According to the history, Lord Rama on his way to Sri Lanka rested here in this place which was then a forest. While resting under an Amla tree (‘Nelli’ in Thamizh), he realized that there was a Shiva lingam under the ground and his feet had touched the head of the lingam unknowingly. Lord Rama acquired a dhosham as he had touched the lingam with his feet. So he undertook a penance towards Lord Shiva for 48 days with just one Amla fruit as his food, to recover from the dhosham and to bring out the Shiva Lingam. Lord Shiva pleased with Rama’s penance came out from the earth and gave Vishwaroopa dharshan to Rama. Rama overwhelmed by the Lord’s mercy named the Shiva lingam as Ramanatheswarar and worshipped him. Goddess Parvathi too appeared and gave dharshan to Rama as Sivakama Sundari. Lord Rama with sincere prayers worshipped Lord Shiva as his Guru and got to know the directions to reach the place where mother Sita was kept under custody of Ravana and headed towards Sri Lanka. As Sri Rama worshipped Lord Shiva as his Guru, this place became a Guru Sthalam among 9 Navagraha temples of Chennai (or Thondai Mandalam). Here Lord Shiva himself is worshipped as Guru Bhagavan. This temple was built aroun 700 A.D. and by Kulathunga Cholan and last renovation was done in 2008. This ancient temple is connected to the Ramayana period.

Local Beliefs & Local Customs

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 Lord Shiva.

Temple Timings

Day Timings
All Days 05:30 AM - 11:30 AM 05:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Pooja

Kaalasandhi Pooja
All Days
10:00 - 10:30
Sayarachai Pooja
All Days
08:00 - 08:30
Kaal Bhirav Pooja
Sunday
16:30 - 18:00

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Airports

Airport Name Distance
Shamshabad 40 KM
Lorem Ipsum 12 KM

Railway Stations

Railway Station Name Distance
Secunderabad 10 KM
Nampally 12 KM
Begumpet 6 KM
Lingampally 20 KM

Bus Stations

Bus Station Name Distance
MGBS 35 KM
CBS 28 KM
kukatpally 20 KM
Lingampally 30 KM
Uppal 35 KM

Private Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Private Transport 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757

Local Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Local Transport 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757

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Porur, Tamilnadu, India

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