Kodandaramaswami Temple

Kodandaramaswami Temple, Chikmagalur

Kodandaramaswami Temple
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Jeevan K
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Dec 2020 • Solo
The news mentioned as 1200 years old is not true, the temple is built in 14th century only. Please don't provide false information to the tourists.
Written 22 July 2021
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RajaV
Bengaluru, India55 contributions
900 years old temple - a great one in Hiremagalur
Jul 2021
Just 10 min drive from Chikmagalur, where Seetha is on the right of Lord Rama as he is enacting his wedding scene to Lord Parasurama. Glorious temple with Sugreeva there as this was done during Bala Kandam when Anjaneya was not in the story - he is added as an after thought there. Should visit - very calm and quiet place of worship. Keep the chappals in the car as the stray dogs rip them out if you leave them outside
Written 21 July 2021
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sa3raos
Bengaluru, India41 contributions
A 1000 year old marvel
Apr 2021
Felt blessed to visit the Kodandaswami Rama Temple in Hiremagaluru a couple of days ago. This is perhaps the only Rama temple in India that still exists in it's original structure - built by the Cholas over 1000 years ago. It has been continuously functioning since then. Subsequent extensions were made by the Hoysalas and Krishnadevaraya. The distinct architecture related to the respective periods are clearly visible and of interest. The idols are the original ones from over a 1000 years ago and are remarkable. The idols are remarkable in many ways: (i) Sita is positioned to the right of Rama (this is against the usual norm of Sita being to the left of Rama, (ii) Hanuman is not present, again, against the usual norm of him always being depicted worshipping at Rama's feet, (iii) Rama is holding his bow, the Kodanda (hence the name of the temple Kondandaramaswamy Temple) in the left hand and an arrow in his right had- as if he is just out of battle.
The priest in the temple is a remarkable person- the third in line of priests from the same family that has been officiating at this temple for generations. He patiently explained the architectural, mythological and religious symbolism of the temple.
In addition, the temple is not commercialised , it still retains it's charm as being somewhere you can feel a connection to something larger, to be a part of living history.
I would recommend a visit , irrespective of your religious ideologies.
Written 4 April 2021
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anjOOIyengar
Bengaluru, India9 contributions
Gratitude visit
Dec 2019 • Family
A beautiful temple, with such positive energy! The priest there is so kind and narrates the story behind the temple with such passion.... he explained with such clarity! A must visit to this temple, especially for couples.
Written 1 December 2019
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untitled74
Bengaluru, India6 contributions
Nice old temple
Jul 2019 • Family
One of ancient temple well within the city, maintained nicely. Not crowded and hence peaceful. Only agricultural lands can be seen after the temple (dead end), which catches the eye for city dwellers.
Written 7 July 2019
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Niraj M
4 contributions
Peaceful and Divine
Mar 2018
Nice place to visit with ample parking. Peaceful and Divine experience. Worth for at least one visit.
Written 1 January 2019
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Abhilash K
Harihar, India568 contributions
Best temple
Dec 2018 • Friends
We have a great time there and it is a very old temple with great architecture and I think in these days they remodeled it
Written 30 December 2018
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vipin k
New Delhi, India261 contributions
oldest Ram temple in the country
Dec 2018 • Couples
This place is known as a spot where Lord Rama gave darshan to Parushrama as he looked on the day of his swyamber ..a very attractive temple and the pandit jee a young man very learned to tell the entire story associated with this place
Written 29 December 2018
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Sat_samp
Bengaluru, India83 contributions
Nice temple - interesting piece of mythology
Oct 2018 • Family
This temple is just a short distance from Chikmagalur, and should definitely be on your list for a visit when in this area.
We visited on a Sunday evening during Dasara, but the place was not crowded. It is a nice temple, maintained well and the temple adornments (for Dasara) and the chanting of mantras gave a divine feel.
The temple priest was kind enough to give us a brief about the temple. The positioning of the deities of Goddess Sita and Sri Lakshmana are not as per normal convention here - and this is based on an interesting slice of mythology. Come over to see and hear for it yourself.
Definitely recommend a visit to this temple.
Written 22 October 2018
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Ashvani Kumar S
Bengaluru, India146 contributions
A UNIQUE TEMPLE DEDICATED TO SRI RAMA
Aug 2018 • Couples
The temple is 1200 years old with Sri Rama as the main deity. The unique aspect of the temple is the arrangement of the main statues. It is customary for Sri Rama temples to have Sri Rama's statue in the middle, Sri Lakhmana on His right and Sita Devi on His left (as after marriage She is His Vamangini). Also a small statue of Sri Hanumana (or Sri Anjaneya) is invariably found kneeling on one knee at their feet with folded hands. In this temple, Sita Devi is on Sri Rama's right and Sri Lakshmana is on His left. The legend goes that Sri Parshurama had not attended Sri Rama's wedding to Sita Devi and had later prayed to Sri Rama to show His "Muhurtam" facet i.e. how He appeared at His wedding muhurtam. As at the wedding, Sita Devi would be on Sri Rama's right (not yet being wedded until the end of the rituals), here at the temple the statues are arranged accordingly (with Sita Devi on Sri Rama's right). Also because Sri Hanuamana was not present at the wedding (he enters the story much later), His statue also does not appear at Sri Rama's feet in this temple.
Outside the temple is a statue of Sri Parsurama pleading to Sri Rama with folded hands to show His "Muhurtam" roopa.
So why is this temple located so far from the place of Sri Rama's wedding (Mithila) and His kingdom (Ayodhya)? As explained by the temple Pandit Ji, the reason is that Sri Parshurama is said to have dwelt in this village for some time of His life.
Usually not crowded except for some festivals. Aarti timings 0930 and 1930.
The main Pandit Ji, Shri Vaishnav, is a treasure house of knowledge and is a PhD in Sanskrit Vyakaran, after having done his initial education in a Gurukula. An amazing person to talk to and to listen to.
Written 31 August 2018
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