|1400 year old metal(an alloy of five metals)idols of Sri Rama,Seetha & Lakshmana,Sri Ramar temple,Mariamman kovil,Tamil Nadu,India.anudhinam.org|
Seven kilometers east of Thanjavur city, very close to Mariamman temple (which was established by Sri Sadasivabrahmendral,a great saint) this old Sri Shaligrama Kothandaramar temple is unique for two reasons. The Utchavar idols (meant for for procession only), made of iyempon (an alloy of 5 metals) are 1400 years old and strikingly beautiful. The other interesting aspect is this is possibly the only (Ramar) temple in India where the moolavar in the garbagraha (sanctum sanctorum) deities of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Sugreeva are made of the sacred ‘Shaligrama
|Sri Ramar temple entrance,Mariamman kovil,Thanjavur. Tamil Nady.Indiawikipedia.org|
There are small shrines dedicated to Sudharsanar and Anjanaiyar in this temple. The recent paintings on th wall in the corridors depicting the life of Sri Rama are really fascinating and wonderful.
It is believed that the king of Nepal who was the son- in- law of Thanjavur king presented huge holy Shaligrama stones to the Thanjavur king.
The temple was built by the Maratha king Pratap Singh. He lived in the 18th century and built numerous temples in this region.
This place can be easily reached by road from near- by city Thanjavur.