Ramanatheeswarar Temple, Porur, Chennai
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
|Address:||Ramanatheswarar Temple,Eswaran Koil Street, Porur,Chennai – 600 116|
|Phone||+91 44 2482 9955|
Temple Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 06.00 AM to 11.30 AM and 05.00 PM to 08.30 PM.
Maha Shivaratri, Navarathri, Karthika Somavaram, Panguni Uthiram, Pournami, Pradoshams and Guru Peyarchi are celebrated well in this temple.
Legend / Local stories
This ancient temple is connected to the Ramayana period. According to the history, Lord Rama on his way to Sri Lanka rested here in this place which was then a forest. While resting under an Amla tree (‘Nelli’ in Thamizh), He realized that there was a Shiva Lingam under the ground and his feet had touched the head of the Lingam unknowingly. Lord Rama acquired a Dhosham as he had touched the Lingam with his feet.
So, he undertook a penance towards Lord Shiva for 48 days with just one Amla fruit as his food, to recover from the Dhosham and to bring out the Shiva Lingam. Lord Shiva pleased with Rama’s penance came out from the earth and gave Vishwaroopam Dharshan to Rama. Rama overwhelmed by the Lord’s mercy named the Shiva Lingam as Ramanatheswarar and worshipped him. Goddess Parvathi too appeared and gave Dharshan to Rama as Sivakama Sundari.
Lord Rama with sincere prayers worshipped Lord Shiva as his Guru and got to know the directions to reach the place where Mother Sita was kept under custody of Ravana and headed towards Sri Lanka. As Sri Rama worshipped Lord Shiva as his Guru, this place became a Guru Sthalam among 9 Navagraha Temples of Chennai (or Thondai Mandalam). Here Lord Shiva Himself is worshipped as Guru Bhagavan.
This place is also called Uthara Rameswaram, as Sri Rama worshipped Lord Shiva here, similar to Rameswaram. Also, according to temple sources, it is said that Porur was called as Uthara Rameswaram in ancient days. It is also said that; this temple is equivalent to Rameswaram and those who are not able to go pilgrimage to Rameswaram can visit this place and be blessed by the Lord.
The place Porur is called so due to the reason that Lord Rama when coming in search of Sita came to know the place where Sita is and went to wage war with Ravana. (Porukku ponathal Porur).
Offering of Sadari and Theertham:
The speciality of this temple is the offering of Sadari and Theertham to devotees. This is usually done only in Vishnu temples. This practice is followed here to honour Rama’s devotion to Lord Shiva.
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at about 500 meters from Porur E.B. Office Bus Stop, 4 Kms from Gerugambakkam, 1 Km from Porur Junction, 8 Kms from Mangadu, 9 Kms from Kundrathur, 11 Kms from Alandur Metro Station, 8 Kms from Guindy Railway Station, 29 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 17 Kms from Egmore Railway Station, 12 Kms from Chennai Airport and 29 Kms from Chennai.
The Temple is situated on Porur to Kundrathur Road. On entering the Porur Kunrathur road after about 300 metres look for the EB substation on the left. Take the adjoining left road and proceed till the last at the end take a left turn and you will come in front of the temple. Buses 54, 88C,17M, 37G, 11H, 49A will ply on this route.
Eswaran Koil Street, Porur,
Chennai – 600 116
Phone: +91 44 2482 9955
Email: [email protected]