Saturday, November 16, 2013

Kothandarama Temple Ariyalur

The handsome Bronze Idol of Rama dates back to the Pallava Period
Exquisite 6 feet tall Dasavaratha idols are a special feature
Located in the heart of Ariyalur 1km west of the bus stand is the Kothandarama Temple, where the bronze idol of the handsome South Facing Rama is believed to date back over 1000years to the Pallava period with later renovation during the Chozha rule. The East facing Venkatesa Perumal, a later creation, is now the main Moolavar deity at this temple.

However, to this day, the temple continues to be known after the original deity as the Kothandarama Temple of Ariyalur. Rama is seen along with Sita and Lakshmana in a single peedam. 

An interesting feature at the temple is the exquisite over 6 feet tall Dasavaratha idols on either side of the Dasavathara Mandapa, one that was constructed by Vijaya Oppila Mazhava Raya. In recognition of this, one finds his idol at the entrance of the mandapa.
North Facing Lord Narasimha is seen in four forms inside the Dasavathara Mandapa- Lakshmi Narasimha, Yoga Narasimha, Hiranyavatha Narasimha and Prahalada Narasimha. One finds Lord Narasimha with sharp finger nails that tore apart the Asura, while his foot is placed on the slain Asura King Hiranyakashipu whose son Prahalada is seen in a calm, devoted standing posture.

The Name
Ariyalur also bears its name from the presence of Lord Vishnu here. ‘Hari Iruntha Oor’, the place where Lord Vishnu resides, in course of time became ‘Ari’ yalur.

Vaikunta Ekadesi with Swarga Vaasal opening
Rama Navami  
Garuda Sevai Procession on Vaikasi Visakam day is a big highlight at the temple
Plans are to revive the Brahmotsavam and Theppotsavam
Chariot Festival on Shravanam Vaikasi

Quick Facts
Moolavar: Venkatesa Perumal East Facing Standing Posture
Thaayar  : Alarmel Mangai Thaayar (Separate Sannidhi)
Time      : 730am-1030am and 5pm-830pm
Contact  :  Krishna Kumar Bhattar @ 97501 31328

How to reach Ariyalur
Ariyalur is on the Chennai- Tiruchirapalli rail route. Auto from Ariyalur Railway Station to the temple will cost Rs. 40/-.

When here, also visit Kaliyuga Varadaraja Perumal temple at Kallankurichi, 6kms East of this temple. 

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