Kothandaramar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Paruthicheri Village in Kumbakonam Taluk in Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu. The Temple is believed to be around 200 years old. The Temple is situated on the banks of Mudikondan River.
As per legend, Once, Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana visited Dandakaranya forest. Sages in the forest tied a Raksha to his left leg for safety. Though, he is Avathar of Lord Vishnu, he gracefully accepted the devotees wish. The Raksha tied to his left leg can be seen in the idol of the presiding deity.
Saranatha Perumal, Son in law of Paruthicheri
It is said that Lord Saranatha Perumal of Thirucherai married Sara Nayagi of Paruthicheri. Hence, Lord Saranatha Perumal is considered son in law of Paruthicheri. Lord Saranatha Perumal along with consort used to visit Paruthicheri in palanquin on Thaipoosam day in the evening. Kothanda Ramar would receive them on the banks of Mudikondan River. Both Lord and Mother stay in Paruthicheri for night and return back to Thirucherai in horse vehicle after having Thirumanjanam in Paruthicheri. This practice is thing of the past now.
Kothandaramar Temple Paruthicheri Thanjavur History
This Temple is facing towards east with an entrance arch. The entrance arch has stucco images of Lord Rama with his consort Sita, his brother Lakshmana and his ardent devotee Anjaneya in worshipping posture flanked by Garuda. The Sanctum houses idols of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana. There is a Raksha (Thandai) on the left leg of Lord Rama. It is unique feature nowhere to be seen. Utsava idols of this temple are kept Thirucherai Saranatha Perumal Temple for safekeeping. Utsava Idol has Sita Devi carved on Lord Rama’s Chest. There is a shrine for Anjaneya in the temple premises.
Rama Navami is the famous festival celebrated here. Special Thirumanjanam is performed during Rama Navami.
How to Reach Kothandaramar Temple Paruthicheri Thanjavur?
The Temple is located at about 4 Kms from Thirucherai, 4 Kms from Kudavasal, 4 Kms from Kudavasal Bus Stand, 7 Kms from Nachiyar Koil, 16 Kms from Kumbakonam Railway Station, 17 Kms from Kumbakonam, 17 Kms from Kumbakonam Bus Stand, 50 Kms from Thanjavur and 110 Kms from Trichy Airport. Devotees need to travel in Kumbakonam to Thiruvarur Route and get down at Thirucherai Bus Stop. The temple is located at about 4 Kms from Thirucherai. Autos are available to reach this temple from Thirucherai.