Saturday, 25 March 2017

Porur - Sri Ramanadheeswarar Shiva Temple - Rameswaram in Chennai

This is one of the ancient temples located in Porur, Chennai. At the porur junction, on the kundrathur road there will be a large electricity distribution station. The street adjacent to this station leads to the temple. Significance of the temple



  • Lord Rama did the penance here, hence the name Ramanadheeswarar
  • One among the navagraha temples in Chennai, significant for Guru.
  • Referred to as Utthara Rameswaram in ancient times, equivalent to worship at Rameswaram.
  • Those who could not travel to Rameswaram can visit this temple and get blessed by the Lord
  • Six feet Shiva lingam along with Trident offers magnificent darshan to the devotees.
  • There is a separate shrine for Baivarar inside the temple premises. 


As per the temple legend, Sri Rama on His way to Sri Lanka rested here in this place which was then a forest. While resting under an Amla tree, He realized that there was a Shiva Lingam under the ground and his feet had touched the head of the Lingam unknowingly. Sri Rama felt that He as committed a sin by stepping on the Lingam with His feet. He undertook a penance towards Lord Shiva for 48 days with just one Amla fruit per day as his food, to absolve his sin and to bring out the Shiva Lingam. Lord Shiva pleased with Sri Rama’s penance came out from the earth and gave Viswaroopa Dharshan to Sri Rama.

Sri Rama overwhelmed by the Lord’s mercy named the Shiva Lingam as Sri Ramanaadheswarar and worshipped Him. Goddess Parvathi too appeared and gave Dharshan to Sri Rama as Sri Sivakaama Sundhari. Lord Siva provided Rama the directions to reach Sri Lanka where Sita was taken as captive of Ravana.




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