Ramaswamy Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Rama (incarnation of Vishnu), placed at Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu State. It is one of the town’s prominent temples and one of the most famous temples dedicated to Rama in India. This temple has counted as a temple located on the banks of river Kaveri. Timings 9 am to 9 pm.
- Ramaswamy (Vishnu)
- Seetha Devi (goddess)
Overview of Ramaswamy Temple
- 1 Overview of Ramaswamy Temple
- 1.1 Religious Significance
- 1.2 Famous Temples to Visit in Kumbakonam
The main shrine houses the image of Rama in a seating posture with his consort Sita. The other pictures are of his brothers Lakshmana, Bharatha and Chatruguna standing and Hanuman in worship.
The temple has enshrined within a vast granite wall, and the complex contains all the shrines and the water bodies of the temple. The raja gopuram (the main gateway) has five tiers. Exquisite sculptures on the temple’s 64 pillars depict various Hindu legends. Ramayanam is described in the 219 pictorial formats in three segments in the first precinct.
History of Ramaswamy Temple
Thanjavur Nayak monarchs erected beautiful architectural elements throughout the 16th century. The shrine has built by Govinda Dikshitar, the Nayaks’ Prime Minister. Between his new and ancient Chakrapani temples, he made a commercial avenue. According to mythology, the temple’s idols has discovered in a temple tank in the nearby village of Darasuram.
The Ramaswamy temple was consecrated (Maha kumbabhisekam) on September 9, 2015. The temple was constructed under Thanjavur Nayak’s ruler Achuthappa Nayak’s (1560-1614) reign and completed during Raghunatha Nayak’s (1600-34) reign.
Architecture Ramaswamy Temple Kumbakonam
The temple is one of the well-known Vishnu temples in Kumbakonam. It has a 3-tiered gateway tower (gopuram) surrounded by walls. The sixty-four pillars in the hall near the gopuram has sculpted with exquisite finesse depicting various episodes of the epic Ramayana. Each pillar has carved out of a single stone, and the delicacy is very prominent.
Rama is represented at the temple with Vyakarna Mudra, while Hanuman is clutching scriptures. The other vital aspects of the epic include the coronation of Vibishana, the coronation of Sugriva, the relieving of Agalya from her curse, and Hanuman playing Veena. The temple is a type of Nayak style.
The Ramayanam has represented in three pieces on the walls of the prakaram (closed precincts of a temple). While taking three pradakshinams (rounds) around the sanctuary, one can read the Ramayana pictorially. The Ramayana images have regarded as one of the most powerful portrayals of the epic in Indian art.
Five temples of Vishnu has connected with the Mahamaham festival, which happens once every 12 years in Kumbakonam. These five temples together make one of the 108 Vishnu temples, Divya Desam. They are
- Sarangapani Temple
- Ramaswamy Temple
- Chakrapani Temple
- Rajagopalaswamy Temple
- Varahaperumal Temple
The temple follows Pancharatra Agama and Vadakalai traditions. The temple has six daily rituals at different times, from 6:30 am to 9 pm, and twelve festivals yearly on the calendar.
- Tiruvanandal at 8:00 am
- Kala Santhi at 9:00 am
- Uchikalam at 12:30 pm
- Ntiyanusandhanam at 6:00 pm
- Irandamkalam at 7:30 pm
- and Ardha Jamam at 9:00 pm
Each ritual contains three steps:
- Alangaram (decoration)
- Neivethanam (food offering)
- Deepa aradanai (waving of lamps) for both Sarangapani Temple & Thayar Temple.
The food offers/neivethanam during the six times is
- curd rice
- Ven pongal
- spiced rice
- Ven pongal
- and sugar pongal
The worship has held amidst music with
- Nagaswaram (pipe instrument)
- Tavil (percussion instrument),
- Priests read religious instructions in the Vedas (sacred text)
- Prostration by worshippers in the temple front mast
There are weekly, fortnightly and monthly rituals.
Its believed by devotees that praying at this temple help them find the perfect match in their marriage and marital life with life forever.
Ramaswamy Temple Kumbakonam Timings
These are the timings of Ramaswamy Temple.
|Sunday||9 am 9 pm|
|Monday||9 am 9 pm|
|Tuesday||9 am 9 pm|
|Wednesday||9 am 9 pm|
|Thursday||9 am 9 pm|
|Friday||9 am 9 pm|
|Saturday||9 am 9 pm|
Festival at Ramaswamy Temple
The major festival is Rama Navami during the Tamil month of Panguni (March–April).
Famous Temples to Visit in Kumbakonam
- Kasi Viswanathar Temple
- Adi Kumbeswara Swami Temple
- Nageswaran Temple
- Chakrapani Temple
- Airavathesvara Temple
- Sarangapani Temple
- Uppiliappan Temple
- Mahalingaswamy Temple
- Dhenupureeswarar Temple
- Suryanarayana Temple
- Agniswarar Temple Kanjanur
- Sri Naganathaswamy Temple
- Kalyanasundareswarar Temple
- Kasi Viswanathar
Things to do in Kumbakonam
- Metal sculptors
- Silk sarees
- Nageswaram South Market is well known for brass and stainless steel vessels.
- Kumbeshwara Street is best known amongst city dwellers for their daily shopping.
- Papanasam Temple
Tourists place near Ramaswamy Temple
- Shooping in Kumbakonam
- Mahamaham Tank
- Kumbakonam Town Hall
- Brahma Temple
- Sri Vittal Rukmini Samsthan
- Tiruvidaimarudur Conservation Reserve
Hotels near Ramaswamy Temple Kumbakonam
- Hotel Metro
- Raya’s Inn
- Sri Balaji Grand
- Hotel Raya’s
- Hotel Green Park
- Ark Inn Residency
- Hotel Atlantis Kumbakonam
- Hotel Diamond
Ramaswamy Temple Contact Details
Address: Ramaswamy Koil, East St, Kumbakonam, Tanjore, Tamil Nadu 612001
How to reach Ramaswamy Temple
Tiruchirapalli Airport is near the temple.
Kumbakonam Bus Stop is near the temple.
It is nearly 2 km from Kumbakonam Railway Station.
The temple has beautiful architectural pieces built by Thanjavur Nayak kings during the 16th century. Govinda Dikshitar, Nayak’s prime minister, constructed it.
There are many temples in Kumbakonam. The most striking is Lord Sarangapani Temple, a Vaishnavite temple.
Famous as a temple town, Kumbakonam is home to around 188 temples, the most prominent of which is the Kumbeswarar Temple.