Monday, 25 September 2017

Lord Rama Is Seen In A Rare Sitting Meditative Posture With Right Hand Positioned Close To His heart - Sri Yoga Ramar Temple - Nedungunam, Tiruvannamalai

The uniqueness about this temple is that here Rama is found sitting calm, right hand on the chest (chin mudra), with eyes closed without any weapons, while Mother Sita holds a lotus in the right hand and left pointing to the feet of Rama as if telling the devotees that their destiny is safe at His feet. Lakshmana is standing by the right side of Sri Rama. Hanuman is chanting the Vedas obediently sitting before the Lord. Sri Rama in sitting posture can be seen only in this temple. The form of Rama in the temple looks as if He is teaching Vedas. In this temple only He does not have his bow and arrow. Lakshmana holds the weapons. Hanuman has a place in the sanctum sanctorum itself.

Sri Yoga Ramar Temple Raja Gopuram
Sri Yoga Ramar Temple Raja Gopuram
This is the place where Sukha Brahma Rishi, a saint with a Parrot face, was in tapas towards Ramar. While Lord Rama was on His way to Ayodhya after vanquishing Ravana and completing the Pattabisheham for Vibishanan, He noticed the tapas of Sukha Brahmar on the banks of Kaliyar. The Lord then alighted from His chariot and surprised the Sage by just appearing before him. We could imagine what could be the reaction and feelings of the saint. Ramar stayed here for a day at the request of Sukha Brahmar. Although He was in a hurry to go to Ayodhya to save Bharata, Rama honoured the prayers of His devotee. The most noble qualities of Lord Rama – Sowlabya (simplicity) and Sowseelya (the ability to treat everyone alike) without any discrimination – are conveyed just by this act. The name Nedungunam conveys the noble quality of Rama – Nedum meaning High/ Noble and Gunam meaning Quality/ Personality.

Sri Yoga Ramar Temple Inner Raja Gopuram With Kodimaram
Sri Yoga Ramar Temple Inner Raja Gopuram With Kodimaram
Sukha Brahma Rishi is a devotee of Lord Shiva as well. Sukhar is an expert in changing forms and once he changed into a parrot. He flew to Kailayam where he saw Lord Shiva was preaching Shiva secrets to Parvathi devi and Sukhar wanted to know the secret. So he was flying around between Lord Shiva and Parvathi Devi. Parvathi Devi got angry and cursed him to be in the Parrot form itself. Sukhar then pleaded pardon and Shiva gave some relief to be in human form but with Parrot face. Sukhar penanced at a place called Thiru Idaiyaru near Sidhalingamadam near Thirukoyilur and got blessed by Shiva. Sukhar has a separate shrine in this temple. Thus Sukha Brahma Rishi is a devotee of Lord Shiva as well as Lord Rama.

Sri Yoga Ramar Temple Inner Prakaram & Vimanam
Sri Yoga Ramar Temple Inner Prakaram & Vimanam
This ancient and attractive Pallava period temple is quite big with tall temple walls. The five-tier magnificent Rajagopuram welcomes everyone and on entering the temple, another one of nearly the same size will surprise you. In the sanctum sanctorum, one is stunned at the entrance itself by the two huge and beautiful Dwarabalakas, sculptured with artistic excellence. In the sanctum sanctorum, Lord Rama is present with Lakshman and Seetha devi. Lakshman is seen with Kothandam but Ramar is uniquely seen as Yoga Ramar sitting in a meditative posture with chin mudhra without His usual Kothandam, a rare posture indeed. Hanumar is sitting in front of Ramar, visible only when you step inside the inner most of the sanctorum. Hanumar is seen reading out the Dharma Shastras to Sukha Brahma Rishi and Ramar is in a pose of listening and giving explanations.

Sri Yoga Ramar Temple Outer Prakaram
Sri Yoga Ramar Temple Outer Prakaram
The inner most praharam around the moolavar is about 10 feet under ground and one has to bend and enter/ exit very carefully signifying that we have to be very humble in the place of the Lord. The Urchava moorthy is called Vijaya Raghava Perumal signifying the Victory of Rama over Ravana. He is seen holding chakra and conch in their upper hands with the lower right hand showing the abhaya mudra. There is a small stone idol of Vijaya Raghava Perumal within the sanctum sanctorum as well. There is a separate shrine for Thayar Sengamalavalli and She is connected with the Urchava moorthy Vijaya Raghava Perumal. Like the Dwarabalakas of the Ramar shrine, the Dwarabalakas of the Thayar shrine are also stunningly beautiful.

Sri Yoga Ramar
Sri Yoga Ramar

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 07:00 AM To 10:00 AM
Evening Timings : 06:00 PM To 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Nedungunam is to the West of Vandavasi; to the East of Polur; to the North of Gingee; to the South of Arani and to the North-East of Thiruvannamalai. The temple is located on the Vandavasi-Chetput main road itself. Nedungunam is located at about 3 Kms from Chetpet, 20 Kms from Arani, 40 Kms from Thiruvannamalai and 24 Kms from Vandavasi. The temple is on the main road itself and so you can get down right at the temple entrance.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Yoga Ramar Temple,
Nedungunam,
Tiruvannamalai,
Pin Code : 606 807,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 94452 15776; 81245 42753; 94871 20139

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