Sri Yoga Ramachandramoorthy temple is 1 km to the west of Arulmigu Renugambal Temple at Padavedu, Tiruvannamalai. It is 1000-2000 years old. This was also buried in sand and was dug out recently. This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama named as Yoga Ramachandra.
About the Temple
The temple was constructed before 12th Century AD. The idols bear testimony to the influence of Vijayanagara Empire and Sambuvarayar chieftains. Inscriptions on this temple indicate that the temple had been receiving support from Krishna Devaraya and his successors from Vijayanagara Empire. The Anjaneya shrine is outside the temple. There are shrines for Vishwaksenar, Nammalvar, Periyalwar, Alavandar, Sri Ramanuja and Vedanta Desika in the front mandapam. 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 Renugambal temple is 3 km from this temple. Sri Rama is an outstanding example of a life with one wife (Ekapathni Vradha) and lived with Mother Sita alone; there is a shrine for Mother Shenbagavalli too. As the Mother taught Sri Anjaneya that she was the Paramatma, she assumes the status of Perumal. There is also a shrine for Mother Vishnu Durga. There is no shrine for Sri Andal. Sage Valmiki’s first verse in Ramayana describes meditation qualities (Yoga practices) of Lord Sri Rama. The temple is constructed translating this philosophy. The thala virutcham of this temple is Shenbaga tree.
About the 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 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.
Legend and Stories
Vedas are the basis for the existence and activity of the world. Sri Anjaneya had a doubt what then was the seed of the Vedas. Who was the author of the Vedas? What is the quintessence of Vedas? Sri Anjaneya approached the Lord for enlightenment. Lord kept his right hand on the chest showing the chinmudra silently saying that he is the Paramatma and that he dwells in the biological body of every creature of the world.
Destruction of Mahi Ravana
After killing Ravana, Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya and was crowned. Once, Lord Rama learned through a sacred voice from heaven about the atrocities of hundred headed Mahi Ravana, an Asura. The sacred voice requested Lord Rama to destroy this Ravana also. On behalf of Lord Rama, his ardent devotee Hanuman with his monkey troops rose against Ravana. The intense battle witnessed the fall of his soldiers on the hands of the Asura. In spite of his best efforts, Hanuman could not locate Ravana. Sita told Hanuman that Ravana was a staunch devotee of Goddess Renuka Devi and his life force was hidden in a lotus flower of a Pond at Kundalipuram and he had been protected by Goddess Renuka Devi. Sita asked Hanuman to go to Kundalipuram and destroy Ravana.
When Hanuman came, goddess Renuka Devi made the lotus Pond to disappear to safeguard Mahi Ravana. Hanuman got angry and fought against Goddess Renuka Devi. Knowing this, Lord Rama intervened and pacified both. Then Lord Rama and Hanuman prayed Goddess Renuka Devi to help them in destroying Mahi Ravana. Pleased by the prayers Goddess Renuka Devi granted the boon and Mahi Ravana was destroyed. Later Rama too took abode in Kundalipuram along with his consort Sita, brother Lakshman and his devotee Hanuman at the place where the present temple is located.
Garudasevai on Aavani Friday in August – September, Masi Magam in February-March, Sri Rama Navami in March-April, and new moon and full moon days are the festivals observed in the temple.
Special Abishekams are performed to Lord on Poornima and new moon days and on Punarvasu star day-the birth star of Lord. Lord Rama with Mother Sita and Sri Lakshmana graces his devotees on Garuda his eagle vehicle (Garuda Seva) on the second Aavani Friday in August -September.
Lord Rama is seated in Veerasana throne under the Pushpaka aircraft showing the Chinmudra (keeping the thumb and the first finger together while other three fingers are left separately) and keeping the right hand on the chest. This is a very design of Lord Vishnu’s appearance. There is no Sorgavasal (gates of Heaven) here as traditionally found in Vishnu temples.
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. They light ghee lamps and offer a pulse called pasipayaru and sweet Pongal-pudding as nivedhana to Lord.
The nearest Airport is located at Chennai. The nearest railway Station is located at Kalambur and Aarani. 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.
Sri Yoga Ramachandraswamy Temple,
Padavedu, Tiruvannamalai district,
Tamil Nadu, India, Pincode - 605 905.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Freedom from diseases
- Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
- Relief from bondage
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 7.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 3.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.