KOTHANDARAMASWAMY TEMPLE (Syllabus: GS Paper 1 – Art and Culture)

News-CRUX-10     22nd January 2024        
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Context: Recently, a day before the Ayodhya Ram Temple inauguration, the Prime Minister of India concluded his spiritual tour of Tamil Nadu, visiting the Sri Kothandaramaswamy Temple and the scenic Arichalmunai point in Dhanushkodi, located at the southern tip of the Indian mainland.

Sri Kothandaramaswamy Temple

  • Location: Situated in Vaduvur, Tiruvarur district, Tamil Nadu, India, Kothandaramar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Rama, the seventh avatar of Vishnu.
  • Meaning: The name Kothandarama means Ram with a bow,
  • Spiritual Significance: Maharishi Valmiki extols the temple, classifying it among the 108 Abhimana Kshethrams in the Vaishnavate tradition. It is also referred to as the Dakshina Ayodhya, signifying the Ayodhya of South India.
  • Pancha Rama Kshethrams: Kothandaramar Temple holds the distinction of being one of the Pancha Rama Kshethrams, a collection of temples representing specific locations mentioned in the Ramayana.