Sri Ramanaadheswarar Temple

Saivam and Vainavam

 

Overview

Ramanatheswarar Temple is a famous Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva considered as Thondai mandala Navagraha Temple dedicated to Guru Bhagavan.The temple is constructed by II Kulathunga Cholan around 700 AD. Ramanatheswarar Temple is located in the Easwaran Koil Street, Porur, Chennai suburb. The temple is around 1 km away from the Porur junction.The Ramanatheswarar Temple is dedicated to Sri Shiva as Ramanatheswarar, Sri Vishnu as Ramar and Divine Mother Shakti as Shivakama Sundari.
 
The famous Navagraha Sthalam of Guru in South India is the Apatsahayesvarar Temple at Alangudi in the Papanasam Taluk of Thanjavur district. In Chennai the Porur Ramanatheswarar Temple is the Guru Sthalam.
 
History says Lord Rama searched seetha in this place.By Mistake Lord rama kicked Sivalingam and he realized the one he kicked was lingam,then shiva appeared and gave directions to Lord Rama to reach srilanka.Lord Shiva is considered as Guru. There is no seperate Guru sannaidhi.Sri 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 Sri Rama’s penance came out from the earth and gave Viswaroopa Dharshan to Sri Rama.
 
As Sri Rama worshiped Lord Shiva as his guru, this place became a guru sthalam among 9 Navagraha temples of Thondai Mandalam . Here Lord Shiva himself is worshiped as Sri Guru Bhagwan.This place is called Uthara Rameswaram, as Sri Rama worshiped Lord Shiva here, similar to Rameswaram. It is also said that, this temple is equivalent to Rameswaram and those who are not able to undertake a pilgrimage to Rameswaram could visit this place and be blessed by the Lord. 
 
The main deity Sri Ramanaadheswarar is gigantic and beautifully decorated, facing east. This huge deity is a Swayambhu Linga (self evolved). Goddess Sivakaama Sundhari has a separate shrine in the temple.Here Sri Sandigeswarar is seen near Nandhi facing south. 
 
The practice of offering Theertham and Shadaari are generally seen only in Vishnu temples. This is probably the only Shiva temple, where Theertham and Shadaari are offered to the devotees. 
Lord Brahma is seen under the tree facing north. A small Shiva Linga is kept facing east with Nandhi, adjacent to Lord Brahma. The neem tree is dressed up with a saree to make it look like a beautiful woman. 
 
 
Sri Rama with sincere prayers worshipped Lord Shiva as His Guru and got to know the directions to reach the place where Sri Sita was kept under custody of Raavana 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 . Here Lord Shiva Himself is worshipped as Sri Guru Bhagavan.Also this place is called Uthara Raameswaram, as Sri Rama worshipped Lord Shiva here, similar to Raameswaram. Also according to temple sources, it is said that Porur was called as Uthara Raameswaram in ancient days.
 
Important Festival: Maha Shivratri,Navarathri,Karthika Somavaram,Panguni Uthiram,Thiru Kalyanam
 
Temple Timing: 7.00am To 12.00am and 5.00pm To 8.30pm
 
How to Reach,
Road Way: The temple is around 1 km away from the Porur junction. Opposite to Repco Bank Temple Arch,3rd Left from Porur Signal, towards Kundrathur Road
 
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai Central
 
Nearest Airport: Chennai International Airport

Location

Country
India
State
Tamil Nadu
City
Kanchipuram
Location
Porur
Address
Sri Ramanaadheswarar Temple, Eswaran Koil St, RE Nagar, Porur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600116
Contact Info
Phone: 098414 58035
Mobile :
Fax :
Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Porur
Nearest Railway Station
Chennai Central (MAS)
Nearest Airport
Chennai International Airport
IN
latitude : 12.990005490 longitude :80.169296260
Corporation : Chennai
GPS Code : VOMM
Open Year
700 AD
Dedicated To
II Kulathunga Cholan
Visiting Hours
7.00am To 12.00am and 5.00pm To 8.30pm

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