Ranganathar Temple, Devadanam, Thiruvallur
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
|Address:||Ranganathar Temple,Devadanam, Thiruvallur District|
|Phone||+91 97868 66895 / 98410 90491|
Temple Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 6.30 AM to 12.00 Noon in the morning and 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM in the evening.
Rama Navami, Panguni Uthiram, Vaikunta Ekadesi are celebrated here but there is no procession of the deities. In the month of Panguni that is March to April is the Thirukalyanam or celestial marriage of the Lord.
It is believed that worshipping Lord Ranganatha by lighting ghee lamps for seven Saturdays and worshipping Lord Nagaraja of the snake hill shrine will result in the fulfillment of all the wishes and prayers of the devotees. All obstacles regarding marriages are removed. Reasonably good job opportunities are assured. Childless devotees are blessed with children.
Legend / Local stories
Being an Abhimana Sthalam (temple built out of love), there is no big legend behind. Chalukya rulers who visited Srirangam wanted to recreate an idol, within their empire, like the sleeping Ranganatha. They came back here and constructed an idol even bigger than the one in Srirangam. Hence, this temple is also referred to as Vada Srirangam (North Srirangam).
The village is believed to have been gifted by the Devas and hence the name Deva Dhanam.
Lord in Bhoga Sayanam:
Yet another story goes that tired of measuring the paddy during the harvest season, Lord Ranganatha is believed to have relaxed his head on the same grain measure (One has seen a similar kind of story relating to the Sarangapani temple where Thirumazhisai Azhvaar enquires the sleeping Aravamudhan if he is tired after his long walk and requests the Lord to give him darshan).
Lord appeared in a devotee dream:
Saroja Sadasivam, from a leading business house here, had a vivid dream in 1983. She dreamt of a supine Ranganatha Swamy in a derelict temple, totally neglected, beseeching her for attention. The eighteen and a half feet stone idol, lying on a giant Adhiseshan, was sweating copiously in her dream, telling her that it had had no oil application for very many years, and so could not bear the heat. From the very next day she began the search for this temple, and in the process, visited scores of them.
Two years later, on a chance suggestion, she visited Devadanam, and found the then undeveloped village and temple to be the one in her vision. The deity was all covered in dirt, and the temple completely weed-ridden, and broken down. From then, till now, almost 20 years later, constant effort and a great deal of money has been spent, with the temple finally done its Kumbabhishekam.
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at about 8 Kms from Ponneri, 8 Kms from Minjur, 13 Kms from Thatchoor, 18 Kms from Thirupalaivanam, 24 Kms from Pulicat, 25 Kms from Gummidipoondi, 26 Kms from Thiruvottriyur and 32 Kms from Chennai.
The Temple is located at about 8 Kms from Minjur Bus Depot and 9 Kms from Ponneri Bus Depot. Bus 56 D runs between Broadway (Parrys Corner) and Minjur. It will take about 1 ½ hours to reach Minjur by bus from Chennai. The temple is about 8 Kms South East of Ponneri (there are buses every hour or so from Ponneri).
Take the Kolkata highways (Grand North Trunk road) and go straight beyond the Tollgate at Karanodai. At about 2-3 kms from the Tollgate, you will see a cross road called Thatchur cross road. At this point, turn right towards Ponneri and you will reach Ponneri in about 5 kms. At Ponneri, at a cross road, take a right towards Minjur (but you don’t have to go to Minjur). At about 2-3 kms from Ponneri, you must turn left and travel for about 5 kms to reach the temple.
The Temple is located at about 3 Kms from Anuppambattu Railway Station, 6 Kms from Minjur Railway Station, 8 Kms from Ponneri Railway Station and 24 Kms from Gummidipoondi Railway Station. Take a Sub-Urban train from Chennai Central and get down at Minjur (45minutes) – Gummudipoondi section. From Minjur, take a share auto/ mini bus on the Eastern Side just outside the station to reach the temple in about 20 – 30minutes.
The Temple is located at about 50 Kms from Chennai International Airport.