Purattasi Special

Madurantakam Erikatha Ramar

While it takes several births for even sages to have a darshan of the Lord, it became easy for an English collector, Colonel Lionel Place, to have the darshan of Lord Rama and Lakshmana at a crucial juncture in his life at Madurantakam.

Colonel Place assured the people that he would build a shrine for the Devi if the newly-built surplus water weirs withstood the fury of the monsoon rains. The huge tank, with immense storage capacity, would breach every year during the monsoon rains and wash away the rough, stone-built outlet of the tank. The collector was camping at Madurantakam during a monsoon night and the tank was full and almost overflowing. The colonel visited the tank bund and is said to have seen two youths - Rama and Lakshmana - keeping guard over the tank. There was no breach that year!

The construction of the shrine for the Goddess began the very next morning and the Lord came to be known as Eri Katha Ramar as he saved the tank bund from collapsing.

The vibrant town of Madurantakam is on the Chennai-Tiruchy route and its temple, dedicated to Lord Kothandarama, is about 1,300 years old.

Presiding deity: Lord Kothandarama
Thayar: Janakavalli Thayar
Utsavar: Rama and Karunakaran

The other deities enshrined are Sri Chakrathalwar, Sri Ramanujar, Sri Lakshminarasimha and Hanuman.

The Kothandaramaswamy temple has two sets of utsavar idols of the presiding deity and his consort, and Lakshmana. While one deity is named Rama, the other is Karunakaran.

There is also a separate shrine for Goddess Sita, Janakavalli Thayar, which is said to be very rare. This shrine was built by Colonel Place.

This is the place where Udayavar was named ‘Ramanujar’. Ramanujar was instructed the Pancha Samskara Mantram.

The other names of the place are Madurantaka Chaturvedi Mangalam, Vaikunta Varthanam, Thirumathurai, Thirumanthira Tirupati and Karunakara Vilagam.

Tirumazhisai Alwar attained siddhi in this place.

Among other temple festivals, Srirama Navamai is celebrated on a grand scale.

Temple timings:

7 a.m. – 11 a.m.
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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