Eri Katha Ramar Temple, Thiruninravur, Thiruvallur

Date built:
Deity:Eri Katha Ramar, Vishnu
Architectural style:Dravidian architecture
Major festivals
Address:Eri Katha Ramar Temple,Thiruninravur – 602 024,Tiruvallur District
Phone+91 78457 85715 / 98408 37689
Eri Katha Ramar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located at Thiruninravur near Chennai City in Thiruvallur District of Tamilnadu. This Temple is found on the banks of the Thirunindravur Lake (Thiruninravur Eri) originally known as Varuna Pushkarani. Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple, one of the 108 Divyadesas and Hridayaleeswarar Temple, built during the Pallava era are located near to this Temple. This temple is practically unknown to the tourists who flock the two other temples.


Legend / Local stories

Eri Katha Ramar:

It is believed that this lake was flooded in a storm and the bunds were in the verge of breaking when the villagers prayed to Lord Rama. Lord Rama is said to have created a fence of arrows around the lake that prevented it from breaking whereby the village was saved. The villagers showed their gratitude by building a temple on the banks of the lake for Lord Rama.

Birth of Mudaliyandan:

One of the noteworthy episodes connected with the temple is associated with the birth of Mudaliyandan a disciple and associate of Saint Ramanuja. Saint Ramanuja’s sister Nachiyar Ammal and her husband Vathoola Kula Thilaka Sri Anantha Narayana Dikshitar who stayed in the nearby Nazarathpettai were on a pilgrimage to Tirumala to worship Lord Venkateswara to seek the boon of childbirth. As night fell, they rested at the Eri Katha Ramar temple at Thiruninravur.

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During the night, Lord Rama is said to have appeared in the dream of Sri Anantha Narayana Dikshitar promising that a son who was an amsam of Lord Rama would be born to them. When the son was born, they named him Dasarathi, after Sri Rama. Dasarathi became a disciple, devotee and associate of his maternal uncle, Sri Ramanuja and since his demeanor was such as Vishwaksenar, (Senai Mudalvar), he came to be known as Mudaliyandan.

Temple Opening Time

The Temple remains open from 08.30 am to 11.30 am and 05.30 pm to 07.00 pm.


The annual Theerthavari used to be conducted on Panguni Shravanam. Apart from this, the annual Brahmotsavam and Rama Navami festivals are celebrated with a lot of festivity.

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How to Reach:

The Temple is located at about 200 meters from Thiruninravur Mettu Street Bus Stop, 100 meters from Thiruninravur Ramar Kovil Bus Stop, 1.5 Kms from Thiruninravur Railway Station, 18 Kms from Thiruvallur, 17 Kms from Thiruvallur Vaidhya Veeraraghava Swamy Temple, 15 Kms from Thirumazhisai, 11 Kms from Avadi, 35 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 37 Kms from Egmore Railway Station, 33 Kms from Chennai Airport and 35 Kms from Chennai.

On the road from Chennai to Thiruvallur, (the MTH road or Chennai Anantapur road) proceed west from Padi till you cross Pattabiram. When you reach Thiruninravur you see the over bridge across the railway rack take a right turn and climb on the bridge and proceed south as you get down on the other side look for the temple on the second left road the road takes you right to the back of the temple.

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You can also reach it from Thirumazhisai, one must take right turn after Kalki Bhagwan ashram and Sriram Engg college and ask for the temple. From there Thiruninravur temple is about 4 Kms. Bus facilities are available from Chennai, Poonamallee and Thiruvallur. Buses 54A from Poonamallee, 71E from Parrys corner will take you to this Temple. All fast and normal EMU trains bound to Arakkonam, Thiruvallur, Thiruthani starting from Chennai Central and Chennai Beach halt at Thirunindravur railway station. Share autos are available from Thiruninravur railway station.

Contact Details

Eri Katha Ramar Temple,
Thiruninravur – 602 024,
Tiruvallur District
Mobile: +91 78457 85715 / 98408 37689

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