(Last Updated on : 09-07-2012)
The architecture, fine sculptures and revered deities seen in the temples of Ramanathapuram district are some rare envisions in south India. Ramanathapuram district is located within the boundaries of Tamil Nadu and is famous for its small-scale industries and handloom industries.
Adanainathar Temple at Tiruvadanai in Ramanathapuram District is one of the most famous temples of Ramanathapuram district and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple deities are Lord Adanainathar and Goddess Ambayiravali. The Sthala Teertham is Suryavaruna teertham. Saint Sambandar is known to have contributed pathigams in praise of the lord. The temple lies close to Paramakudi and is one of the most visited temples of Ramanathapuram district.
Kumaraian Temple, situated at Melakodumalur is a reputed temple of Ramanathapuram district. The temple deity is Lord Subramanya, represented with a 6-foot high idol; the lord is seen in a standing posture under a tree. Javvaduppulavar and Nallamuthu Pillai have sung in this temple. Panguni Uthiram is the major festival celebrated in this temple. Muppazha Tiruvizha is also celebrated in the Tamil month of Vaikasi.
Adi Jagannatha Temple, located at Tirupullani in Ramanathapuram District of Tamil Nadu is one of the consecrated temples of Ramanathapuram district, visited by hundreds of pilgrims. This temple enshrines the idol of Lord Vishnu, which is in resting posture. Padmasini and Kalyanavalli thayaar are also worshipped here. Sri Thirumangai Alwar has glorified this temple through his pathigams. There is a sacred Peepal Tree, located inside this temple and people believe that if childless parents perform Nagaprathishtha under this tree, they would be blessed with children with long life. The circumambulation of the tree wards off the worst sins.
Nambu Nayagi Amman Temple, a beautiful shrine located in the Ramanathapuram District of Tamil Nadu is visited by thousands of devotees from far and near. Kodandaramar Temple, one of the well-known temples of Ramanathapuram district, is a delightful shrine, dedicated to Lord Ram, Sita, Lakshman, Lord Hanuman and Vibhishana. Myth states that this is the place where Lord Ram performed the coronation of Vibhishana, the younger brother of Ravana.
Navapashanam Temple boasts the revered deities of Thilakeswarar (Shiva) and Kadaladaitha Perumaal (Vishnu). According to legends, Lord Ram has worshipped Shiva and the Navagrahas (the nine celestial bodies) at this place. Tiruvaadaanai Temple, dedicated to Lord Ganesh (Vinayaka); this temple of Ramanathapuram district has a huge gopuram, which depict the different stories of Hindu mythology. These inscriptions are done in oil paint. The main festivals are Vinayaka Chaturthi and Maha Shivratri.
The temples of Ramanathapuram district are some of the artistic marvels in the region and special care is taken to maintain the priceless sculptures behind the shines and on frescoes of these temples.