Thursday, 30 April 2020

Lord Rama Uniquely Seated In Ardha Padmasana & Chin Mudra - Sri Yoga Ramachandra Swamy Temple - Padavedu - Tiruvannamalai

This temple, constructed before 12th Century AD, is located 1 KM west of Arulmigu Renugambal Temple. Here Lord Rama is uniquely seated in Artha Padmasana with a “Chin Mudra” with Goddess Seetha and Lord Lakshman by his side and without his usual kothandam (bow). Unusually Lord Hanuman is seated in front of Lord Rama reading Palm leaf manuscripts. You can see Lord Hanuman only when you go very near at the sanctum sanctorum. The combination of the clean sanctum sanctorum, the illumination inside and the deities are really marvellous.

Sri Yoga Ramachandra Swamy Temple
Sri Yoga Ramachandra Swamy Temple
Ramar in a meditative posture are seen only in 3 places and all of them are in this region. Apart from this temple, they are Nedungunam and a small temple at Ragunatha Samudhram, 5 kms from Nedungunam. After the destruction of Ravana, Lord Rama was requested to destroy the demon, hundred headed Mahi Ravana. On behalf of Lord Rama, Hanuman fought with Mahi Ravana. The intense battle witnessed the fall of his (Hanuman) soldiers at the hands of the demon. In spite of his best efforts, Hanuman could not locate Mahi Ravana. At that time, Seetha Devi informed Hanuman that Mahi Ravana was a staunch devotee of Goddess Renuga Devi and his life force was hidden in a lotus flower of a Pond at Kundalipuram and he had been protected by Goddess Renuga Devi.

Sri Yoga Ramachandra Swamy Temple
Sri Yoga Ramachandra Swamy Temple
When Hanuman went to Kundalipuram, Goddess Renuga Devi made the lotus Pond to disappear to safeguard Mahi Ravana. Hanuman got angry and fought with Goddess Renuga Devi but Lord Rama intervened and pacified both. Then Lord Rama and Hanuman prayed Goddess Renuga devi to help them in destroying Mahi Ravana. Pleased by the prayers, Goddess Renuga Devi granted the boon and Mahi Ravana was destroyed. Sri Anjaneya shrine is outside the temple. There are shrines for Vishvaksenar, Nammalwar, Perialwar, Alavandar, Sri Ramanuja and Vedanta Desika in the front mandap. In the corridor-prakara are shrines of Lord Venugopala, Parasurama and Sri Anjaneya. There is a temple for Lord Venugopala in Kottai hills behind this temple. Famous Padavedu Renukambal temple is 3 km from this temple.

Elephant At Yoga Ramachandra Swamy Temple
Elephant At Yoga Ramachandra Swamy Temple
Padavedu, is a calm and scenic place that consists of 17 villages encircled by Jawadu hills, river and other water bodies, paddy, coconut and plantain fields. There are more than 10 ancient temples with Renugambal temple as the most popular of them. This is one of the Sakthi sthalams of Thondai mandalam.

Yoga Ramachandra Swamy Temple Main Deity
Yoga Ramachandra Swamy Temple Main Deity
Lord Sri Ramachandra with His consort Mother Sita is seated on the Veerasana throne with His right hand on the chest showing the chinmudra. The idol of Sri Rama and Moter Sita is sculpted in a single stone with a Peeta-seating. Sri Anjaneya is by the side of the Lord with palm leaves. As the Lord was also a teacher-Acharya to Anjaneya, He holds no weapons. Sri Lakshmana alone standing nearby has a bow and arrows. As Lord Sri Rama graces here as a Guru, the temple is more revered as a place of worship seeking academic benefits. They pray for good education, freedom from forgetfulness and wisdom. People also pray for a happy wedding, child boon and unity in family.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 07:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Evening Timings : 03:00 PM to 07:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

This Temple is located in Padavedu. Nearest town Santhavasal is located at a distance of 48 km (Santhavasal is 32 km from Vellore) from Thiruvannamalai. The devotee has to travel 7 km further to reach Padavedu. The temple is 1 km from the bus stop. Auto facility is available. Nearest railway Station is located at Kalambur and Aarani. Nearest Airport is located at Chennai.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Yoga Ramachandra Swamy Temple
Thiruvidaimaruthur Taluk,
Pin Code : 605 905.
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 04181 248224 ; 94435 40660 ; 91596 32669

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