Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Kodandaramar||Ambal / Thayar:||x|
|Timing:||to & to||Parikaram:|
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|City / town:||Oottathur||District:||Perambalur|
|Maps from (click):||Current location||Perambalur (23 km)||Ariyalur (32 km)|
|Tiruchirappalli (45 km)||Thanjavur (56 km)|
Oottathur is located about 5km east from the NH45, and about 42 km from Trichy.
Sthala puranam and temple information
Sita is said to have prayed near here, to a Siva Lingam made by here with sand, for the wellbeing of Rama. It is considered that worshipping at this temple is equivalent to visiting Rameswaram and taking a bath in the sea there. Similarly, whatever offerings one wishes to perform at Rameswaram can be offered here.
It is believed that worshipping at this temple for 9 Saturdays in a row, helps unmarried people to find their soulmates. Similarly, couples with difference are believed to able to reconcile after worshipping at this temple for a specified period. Worshipping at his temple is also considered to help those with Sani dosham.
Because the temple is for Rama and Lakshmana, it is referred to as the annan-thambi koil (and you may also see this description on some online maps!)
While this is a relatively small temple, it has a large mahamandapam upon entering, and then a garbhagriham. The mahamandapam is full of great stone carvings and is a must see. At the entrance to the garbhagriham is a murti of Vinayakar as Tundhikkai Azhvar, an unusual sight!
Other information for your visit
To the east – no more than a couple of hundred meters from this temple – is the Suddha Ratneswarar temple at Oottathur, considered to be extremely powerful in curing ailments of all types.
The temple is being run by an ex-MRF Chennai employee who moved back to Oottathur after his father, the previous priest, could no longer take care of the temple. If anyone is interested in supporting this temple, you may contact the temple priest (unfortunately, no number is available, and only a direct visit can help.)