The Kodandapani Ramar Temple is located in Ayodhyapattinam and is dedicated to God Rama. In this temple devotees get to pray to God Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Sri Anjaneya, Vibishana, Baratha, Sugriva in a clock wise direction. It is a popular belief that praying at this temple at Ayodhyapattinam is equal to visiting Ayodhya (in north India) itself.
About The Deity
After worshipping the Dwarapalakas (security guards in God’s palace – Temples), the devotees will have the darshan of Sri Anjaneya, Satrugna, Bharata, Lord Rama and Mother Sita, Lakshmana, Sugriva and Vibishana in a clockwise manner.
About The Temple
The temple is believed to represent the spiritual ancestry of our temples without any pomp and splendour as the very qualities of Sri Rama (Kalyana Gunas) but majestic in its appearance. The place derived the name as it had the foot prints of Lord Sri Rama. Every stone of the temple bears an immortal poetry. Every pillar is an outstanding example of temple architecture arresting the attention of the visitor. Each produces music when tapped. According to history, this temple was simultaneously constructed by Tirumalai Naicker along with Daramangalam Kailasanathar temple, Tiruchengodu Murugan temple and the Tirumalai Naicker Mahal. The similarity of the sculptures is an evidence of this fact. The sculptures are huge in size; the one depicting the killing of a demon by a divine horse, elephants, Yazhi an animal belonging to the lion family, a lion all in a single stone are a few to mention. Above all, the coronation of Sri Rama is arresting in its beauty. Sri Rama, Mother Sita, Lakshmana, Bharata, Satrugna idols are very beautiful. Tirumalai Naicker appears with his queen in one sculpture. The temple is also noted for its immortal paintings on the ceilings speaking volumes of our spiritual glory. Earlier, Sun rays were setting on the Anjaneyar shrine through the holes of the doors on the poornima of Chithirai (April-May). Due to emergence of buildings around the temple, this is now lost. This is not simply a temple in the sense we know, but also a house of ancient architectural and paintings art of the country.
Legends and Stories
It is the conclusion of the learned that one need not visit the Ayodhya in the north and it would suffice if they visit the Ayodhyapattinam Sri Ramar Temple near Salem. The sacred benefits they get there are in this temple itself. According to one story, Sri Rama was returning from Lanka to Ayodhya with Mother Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman, Sugriva, Vibishana and others after killing Ravana in the war. They had to cross the Shaila hills. When they reached the place, they could not proceed further as night had fallen in. They found a small temple where they took rest. But they could not reach Ayodhya in time for the coronation nearing then. The time cannot be missed. Therefore, Sri Rama had his coronation in Ayodhyapattinam itself and what was celebrated in Ayodhya in north was the second one.
Sri Rama Navami is celebrated in the temple very grandly.
How to Reach Sri Kodandapani Ramar temple
The temple is 15 km from Salem old bus stand. The nearest railway station is Salem. The nearest airport is in Trichy.
Sri Kodandapani Ramar temple,
Salem, Tamil Nadu 636103
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Excellence in education
- Removal of hindrance in marriage
- Child boon
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.