Mudikondan Kothandaramar Temple is a Hindu temple located in the Tiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu, India. The presiding deity is Kothandaramar. The town of Mudikondan is located at a distance of 20 kilometres from Mayiladuthurai and 15 kilometres from Thiruvarur in the Nannilam taluk.
About The Deity
There is an idol of Rama in the sanctum sanctorum and a shrine to Hanuman outside the sanctum sanctorum. The temple is associated with the hermitage of the sage Bharadwaja.
About The Temple
Firstly, Sri Rama’s temples are normally constructed south facing. The legend has it that Sri Vibishana the great devotee of Sri Rama and king of Lanka had requested that he would like to see Sri Rama all the time; therefore Sri Rama is seen south facing. But here in Mudikondan, Sri Rama is seen east facing since he gave dharshan to Saint Sri Bharadwaja as king of Ayodhya even before the real coronation. Sri Sitadevi is seen on to the left of Sri Rama, and Sri Lakshmna on his right, all facing east. Sri Ranganathar installed by Saint Sri Bharadwaja is seen south facing in a separate sannathi.
Secondly, the temple has Sri Ram parivar as the main deities, Sri Kothandaramar along with his Sri Sitadevi and his brother Sri Lakshman. Sri Anjaneya is absent in the assemblage of Sri Ram parivar here. The temple’s utsava murthies has Sri Anjaneya.
Legends and Stories
Sri Rama while on his way to Sri Lanka along with his vanara sena through this place Saint Bharadwaja requested him to accept the hospitality of his ashram located here. It was understandable that Sri Rama who is on a larger mission of conquering Ravana had told the saint that he will accept the same on his return along with Sri Sitadevi.
After the war in Lanka, Sri Rama had sent Sri Anjaneya on a special mission to prevent Sri Bharata from entering into fire since they had then completed fourteen years of separation from Ayodhya. After Sri Vibishana Pattabishekam at Lanka, Sri Rama along with Sri Sitadevi on their way back to Ayodhya halted at Saint Bharadwaja ashram at this place as promised. Sri Rama had to offer his prayers to Lord Ranganatha before accepting the hospitality of the Saint. Sensing this saint installs Lord Ranganatha vigraha in his ashram. On completion of the prayers to his Lord Sri Ranganatha, Sri Rama accepts the food offered by the saint. On the request of the saint Sri Rama gives dharshan to him as King of Ayodhya, even before his coronation ceremony. Hence this place gets the name “Mudikondan”, in Tamil it means ‘one who is crowned’.
On completion his mission of preventing Sri Bharata from entering into fire Sri Anjaneya returns to the place where his Lord Rama was. On arrival at Bharadwaja ashram he came to know that his Lord had given dharshan to Sri Bharadwaja as “PattabiRama” and was disappointed that he had missed the opportunity and stood at the gate of the asharam itself. Sri Rama then pacified him to accept the food and proceed to Ayodhya to participate in the real coronation ceremony.
10 day Panguni Brahmmotsavam in March-April following Sri Rama Navami is celebrated in the temple.
How To Reach Kodandaramaswami Temple
Mudikondon is in between Tirukannapuram-Sirupuliyur in Nannilam Taluk, Tiruvarur district. It is 20 km from Mayiladuthurai and 15 km from Tiruvarur. The Nearest railway station is Mayiladuthurai. The Nearest Airport is Trichy.
Sannathi Street, SH 63,
Tamil Nadu 614019
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Excellence in education and wisdom
- Name and fame
- Development in business
- Job opportunities and promotions
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 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.