Friday, May 6, 2016

Vijaya Raman Temple, Thanjavur

Vijaya Raman Temple, Thanjavur
Vijaya Raman Temple is located in Mela Masi Veethi (West Main Street), Tanjore city, Tamil Nadu state, India. It is one of the oldest temples for Lord Ram in Thanjavur City. The West Main Street, which is called a Mela Masi Veethi in Tamil language, is a well-known locality for the citizens of Thanjavur.

Bangaru Kamakshi Temple is located in this street. The very next structure of this temple is Krishnan temple. Few buildings away from the Krishnan temple, there is a temple dedicated to Ram called as Vijaya Raman Temple. This temple is under the administration of Thanjavur Palace Trust.
Vijaya Raman temple is south facing temple has a colorful 5-tiered Raja gopuram (tower). The tower if full of stucco images of Vaishnavite tradition and there are some erotic sculptures too.

The temple belongs to Nayakas period and must be 300-350 years old. The moolasthanam (sanctum sanctorum) enshrines small idols of Ram along with Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman.
The temple has just one prakara (circumbulatory passage). A small shrine with Garuda is found facing towards the main deity. Also, there is a small sub-shrine dedicated to Hanuman in this temple.
Four Kaalam Poojas are conducted in this temple. Vaikasi Brahmorchavam, Sri Rama Navami and Garudasevai are the festivals celebrated in this temple with much fanfare.

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