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Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple Chikmagalur Address: Hiremagalur, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, 577102, India

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Kodanda Ramaswamy Chikmagalur Timings

Day Timing
Monday 6:00 am – 11:30 am
4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday 6:00 am – 11:30 am
4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Wedesday 6:00 am – 11:30 am
4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday 6:00 am – 11:30 am
4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Friday 6:00 am – 11:30 am
4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday 6:00 am – 11:30 am
4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Sunday 6:00 am – 11:30 am
4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple is a highly revered Hindu shrine in Chikmagalur. Located on the banks of river Tungabhadra, this beautiful shrine is dedicated to Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Housing life-size statues of Lord Rama, his brother Laxmana, and Devi Sita, the temple celebrates their life before exile. The magnificent idols have been sculpted from a single rock. Each feature including their ornaments has been chiselled in stone painstakingly.

The temple is visited by devotees throughout the year and also hosts an annual celebration known as "Jatra” in February. You must visit the temple to witness its magnificence and seek blessings of the presiding deity.

Architecture of Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple Chikmagalur

Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple is renowned to be the largest in the region. The temple is built in the Hoysala style, although the Garbhagriha and Sukanasi sections are built in the Dravidian style. It has three Gopurams supported by columns with depictions of Rama, Laksmana, and Krishna.

The central tower of the temple faces east while the other two towers face north and south. Being the entrance, the central tower is built in five tiers. The mandapa is supported over 32 pillars and features magnificent sculptures. Brackets or corbels have been used for the roof of the central part.

Lord Rama’s beloved friend Lord Hanuman is missing from most depictions however a separate temple has been dedicated to him. A statue of Lord Ganesha in a dancing pose adorns the Mandapam.

Idols of Lord Ram, Laxman, and Devi Sita preside in the Garbhagriha. The temple's main attraction is Pakara, which is an enclosed area with images of Madhava, Sugriva, Yoganarasimha, Vedanta, Ramanujacharya, Deshika, and Muddukrishna. The images belong to the pre-Hoysala and Chalukya period. Depictions from Vishnu’s scriptures can be seen on the Sukanasi and Garbhagriha's exteriors.

History of Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple Chikmagalur

The temple celebrates the life of Lord Rama and his marriage to Devi Sita. According to the Skanda Purana, Lord Rama shattered Lord Parasuram's bow. It was a symbolic act of shattering his pride, and haughtiness. Lord Parasuram accosted Lord Rama and realised his mistake.

The awakened sage Parasuram in all humility stated that he had skipped his wedding thinking as if it were a simple Ksahatriya wedding. He begged Sri Rama to grant him darshan in Kalyana Kolam. Lord Rama granted him his wish, Kalyana Seve, by placing Sita to his right and Lakshmana to his left. In honour of this, and Parasurama's penance, the location has given the name Bhargavapuri.

Managed and maintained by Sri Sri Hiremagalur Kannan and his family, Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple is the only temple where Devi Sita is towards the right of the lord. The Navagraha shrine as we see it today was constructed in the 14th century AD, the Mukhamanatapa was built in the 16th century, and the splendid entrance was set up in the 17th century.

Image Gallery of Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple Chikmagalur

Things to do at Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple

  • The serenity and peace of the temple will soothe your senses and purify your thoughts.
  • Meditate in the temple premises to transform your consciousness positively.
  • Seek blessings of the almighty and connect to the Supreme.
  • Rama Navami is a prominent Hindu event held in this city.

Popular activities to do at Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple

  • Visit the nearby Shiva temple with a beautiful image of Saraswathi and an eight-legged bull. You can also visit a temple dedicated to Parasurama in the vicinity.
  • According to Puranic tradition and folklore, the spot where Janamejaya performed the "Sarpa Yagna" (serpent sacrifice) is near the temple.
  • Devotees bathe in Siddha Pushkarini, which is believed to contain anti-venomous properties and is highly efficient in curing snake bites.

Entry Fee and Timings of Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple

There is no entry fee to visit the Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple. The temple is open from 6 AM to 11:30 AM and 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM on all days of the week.

How to reach Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple

Being only 5 km from Chikmagalur, Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple is easily accessible by most means of transport.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is in Kadur. It is around 40 kilometres away and you can reach the temple by local bus or private cab.

By Road: The major cities and towns are well connected to Chikmagalur. State-owned and luxury premium buses ply from various locations. You can also book a taxi or cab from top car rental companies in Chikmagalur to reach the temple.

By Air: Mangalore International Airport is 146 km away from the town. Alternatively, Bangalore International Airport is 248 km away. You can book a taxi or cab to reach the temple.

Interesting facts about Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple

  • The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama's life before his exile to the forest.
  • It is believed the temple has been built in the precise place where Lord Rama anointed Sugriva as the new primate king.
  • Sugriva bows in front of Lord Rama in place of Lord Hanuman, unlike in other Lord Rama temples.
  • Opposite Shiva Temple is a 9-foot-tall stone pillar with a top that resembles a trident.
  • It is the only temple where Kannada stotras and mantras are chanted.

Things to keep in mind while visiting Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple

  • Before entering the temple, please leave all electronic devices such as cell phones, calculators, cameras, and shoes.
  • Place your offerings in the Hundi at the temple premises.
  • Enter the temple premises in decent attire and maintain hygiene.
  • Ancient traditions are practised at the temple, hence be respectful of the beliefs of other pilgrims.

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