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Nedungunam Ramar Temple, Thiruvannamalai

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Nedungunam Ramar Temple is a Vishnu temple dedicated to Lord Rama, one of the avatars of Vishnu. The temple, which is situated in Thiruvannamalai, is the biggest Vishnu temple in the whole of the district. The shrine is believed to be at least 700 years old and was renovated by many kings after its construction.

The unique feature of this temple is the idol of Lord Rama that shows Him in a sitting position and without his bow. This sitting position is referred to as Yoga Ramar, and the God’s right hand is placed very close to his heart in what is known as the GnanaMuthirai position.

Sri Anjaneya or Lord Hanuman is sitting in front of Rama and reading from the Brahma Sutra written on palm leaves. Sita, Rama’s consort is seated next to Him on a peetam that is carved with the heads of lions. The idol of lord Rama is one of its kind and is the main attraction among the pilgrims because the Lord is shown here in a never before seen pose.

 

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