Thursday, May 10, 2018

Eri Katha Ramar Temple, Thiruninravur, Thiruvallur

Eri Katha Ramar Temple, Thiruninravur, Thiruvallur
Eri Katha Ramar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located at Thiruninravur near Chennai City in Thiruvallur District of Tamilnadu. This Temple is found on the banks of the Thirunindravur Lake (Thiruninravur Eri) originally known as Varuna Pushkarani. Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple, one of the 108 Divyadesas and Hridayaleeswarar Temple, built during the Pallava era are located near to this Temple. This temple is practically unknown to the tourists who flock the two other temples.

Eri Katha Ramar:
It is believed that this lake was flooded in a storm and the bunds were in the verge of breaking when the villagers prayed to Lord Rama. Lord Rama is said to have created a fence of arrows around the lake that prevented it from breaking whereby the village was saved. The villagers showed their gratitude by building a temple on the banks of the lake for Lord Rama.
Birth of Mudaliyandan:
One of the noteworthy episodes connected with the temple is associated with the birth of Mudaliyandan a disciple and associate of Saint Ramanuja. Saint Ramanuja's sister Nachiyar Ammal and her husband Vathoola Kula Thilaka Sri Anantha Narayana Dikshitar who stayed in the nearby Nazarathpettai were on a pilgrimage to Tirumala to worship Lord Venkateswara to seek the boon of childbirth. As night fell, they rested at the Eri Katha Ramar temple at Thiruninravur.
During the night, Lord Rama is said to have appeared in the dream of Sri Anantha Narayana Dikshitar promising that a son who was an amsam of Lord Rama would be born to them. When the son was born, they named him Dasarathi, after Sri Rama. Dasarathi became a disciple, devotee and associate of his maternal uncle, Sri Ramanuja and since his demeanor was such as Vishwaksenar, (Senai Mudalvar), he came to be known as Mudaliyandan.
This temple is said to be older than the Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple.
The Temple
The temple is facing east without Rajagopuram and palipeedam with single prakaram. The Temple is found on the banks of the Thirunindravur Lake (Thiruninravur Eri) originally known as Varuna Pushkarani. The Pushkarani is right behind the temple. Anjaneya Shrine can be found at the entrance of the Temple. Just outside the Anjaneya shrine, is a stone pillar with Sankhu Chakra and the image of Anjaneya which seems to be from the original temple.

The sanctum consists of Mukha Mandapam, Maha mandapam and Artha mandapam. Vishnu Avathars are sculpted beautifully on the Mukha Mandapam Pillars. In the Artha Mandapa, is a very unique depiction of Lord Anjaneya. Carrying Rama and Lakshmana on his shoulders, with the demoness Lankini under his foot, carrying a mace and shield in his arms, this very unique idol of Sri Anjaneya is said to be found only in Naimisaranyam apart from here. One can go around the idol and obtain the darshan of the feet of Lord Rama and Lakshmana too.

The more than eight feet tall Kothandarama, with two arms, holding bow and arrow, flanked by the weaponless Lakshmana to his left, whose right hand is held in such a way as if he was holding a horizontal bow, and the gracious Sita Devi holding a Lotus in her hand. Interestingly, the three images are made of stucco or Sudhai and not hard granite. The stucco images are fascinating and these large stucco images are reminiscent of the similar imposing stucco images of Pandava Doota Perumal, Ulagalandha Perumal and Yathothkari Perumal found in Kanchipuram.

The beautiful processional images or Utsava Murtis of Lord Rama, Lakshmana, and Devi Sita and Hanuman of this temple are kept in a separate shrine very near the main sanctum inside the Bhaktavatsala Perumal temple. There is a mandapam on the left side before entering the temple with madras roofing wooden beams in a dilapidated condition.

Temple Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 08.30 am to 11.30 am and 05.30 pm to 07.00 pm.
The annual Theerthavari used to be conducted on Panguni Shravanam. Apart from this, the annual Brahmotsavam and Rama Navami festivals are celebrated with a lot of festivity.
Eri Katha Ramar Temple,
Thiruninravur – 602 024,
Tiruvallur District
Mobile: +91 78457 85715 / 98408 37689
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