Visit to Sri Ranganathar temple at Devadanam

Visit to Sri Ranganathar temple at Devadanam

Location:

The temple is located in Ponneri taluk of North Chennai near Minjur.

Take the Kolkatta highways (Grand North Trunk road) and go straight beyond the Tollgate at Karanodai. At about 2-3 kms from the Tollgate, you will see a cross road called Thachur cross road. At this point, turn right towards Ponneri and you will reach Ponneri in about 5 kms. At Ponneri, at a cross road where there is a statue (I don’t remember who was that) ,  take a right towards Minjur (but you don’t have to go to Minjur). At about 2-3 kms from Ponneri, you have to turn left and travel for about 5 kms to reach the temple.

Distance:

Via Minjur

Besant Nagar to Minjur: 44 kms
Minjur to Devadanam: 6 kms
(3 kms from Anupampattu railway station)

Via Ponneri

Devadanam to Thachur cross road (in Kolkatta highways) – 16 kms
Thachur cross road to Padi junction – 26 kms
Padi junction to Besant Nagar – 24 kms

Significances:

  • 18 feet long Ranganathar, said to be longer than Srirangam made of Salagrama stones
  • More than 1000 years old temple
  • Called Uthara rangam (North Srirangam) of Thondai nadu

Our Trip:

We visited the temple last year for the first time and made our 2nd trip last week. When we went for the first time, we decided to go via Royapuram – Manali – Minjur since it is the shortest geographically but it ended up as a costly mistake. Firstly, the traffic of container lorries to Ennore port was a big pain and we had to crawl literally. After crossing that hurdle, there was a railway gate problem at Minjur. Once we crossed it, we encountered a flock of buffaloes going in the same direction as ours. After that, there was a death procession at about 2 km before the temple but luckily coming in the opposite direction. Once that final hurdle was crossed, what a fantastic sight it was !!.  The road was completely filled with flowers continuing all the way up to the temple. It was a Purattasi Saturday last year and so there was a good rush when one city bus just arrived.  While returning, we changed the route and came via Ponneri. Whereas it took us about 2 hrs for a 50 kms drive through Minjur, it took us a little more than an hour for 65 kms through Ponneri. The area around is full of paddy fields and it’s really an eye pleasing sight.

Way to Devadanam

Legend:

This area was gifted (danam) to Devas by Indhra and so is called Devadanam. Being an abhimana sthalam (temple built out of love), there is no big legend behind. A Salukya king, as an ardent devotee of Srirangam Ranganathar wanted Him to be present in his regime and so built this temple about 1000 years back. Now, this is being called Uthara rangam (North Srirangam) of Thondai nadu.

Temple:

Entrance and the peeple tree Entrance

There is a big peeple tree in front of the temple, located at a slightly elevated height.

Rajagopuram - From inside Rajagopura entrance - From inside

There are sudai sculptures of Vinayahar and Kalinga Krishnar at the back wall on either side of the Rajagopura entrance.

Panaramic Inside View Inside view - main entrance On top of the inside entrance

The Dwajasthambam, Balipeetam and the Chakrathazhwar shrines are located at the entrance. In the sanctum sanctorum, Ranganathar is in a reclining posture measuring about 18 feet in length and is bigger than Srirangam according to the priest.

The Lord is facing east having the measuring vessel (Padi) as his pillow with his right hand placed over it, reclining on the bed of Aadhi seshan with his five heads as umbrella. The Adhisesha forms a 5.5 feet high 3 layer bed to Him. Legend has it that He is resting after getting tired over giving away the grains in the measuring vessel to feed the world during the harvest season. The idol is a sudai sculpture made of many Salagrama stones which are considered very sacred for worship. The Lord has a perfectly chiseled face with flaring nostrils. The sanctum sanctorum is very small, just enough to accommodate the Perumal, the urchava idols and the bhattar. The entrance to the sanctum is very narrow and only about 5-6 people can have a full dharshan of Perumal at any time but the big advantage being that we can see the perumal very closely from a distance of just about 2-3 feet. To see the Perumal with so much power, beauty and grandeur so very close is really a striking experience. Since the idol is a sudai sculpture, no abhisheham is being done and only the herbal oil (thailakappu) is being applied to Him once a year. Only the urchava idol takes on the abhisheham. Brahma is seen on a lotus coming out from the navel of Lord. Sridevi and Bhoodevi are present near His feet. Sage Thumburu and Anjaneya are present around Him praying. In the outer praharam, small shrines house a beautiful Lakshmi (Ranganayaki), a graceful standing Andal and Chakkarathaazhwar. There is a snake pit at the back praharam of the temple. The foot of the Ranganathar is imprinted on the outside of the inner prahara wall as a projection from the sanctum idol. The Sthala Vruksham is Parijatham (Pavazha malli). Anjaneyar shrine is located near the entrance.

Dwara balahar Main vimanam and the left side praharam

Contact:

Mr.Gopinath – 98410 90491; sarvinsurgi@yahoo.co.in; asgopinathraju@gmail.com

From ‘The Hindu’ article:

“According to an elderly village resident, about 60 years ago, this temple was popular with regular worship and festivals conducted. He recalls even `devadasis’ dancing on special days, both in procession and at the temple. It is said that the Brahmins here had been ill-treated and their homes burnt, leading to the consequent dereliction of the temple.

Saroja Sadasivam, from a leading business house here, had a vivid dream in 1983. She dreamt of a supine Ranganatha Swamy in a derelict temple, totally neglected, beseeching her for attention. The eighteen and a half feet stone idol, lying on a giant Adiseshan, was actually sweating copiously in her dream, telling her that it had had no oil application for very many years, and so could not bear the heat. From the very next day she began the search for this temple, and in the process, visited scores of them. Two years later, on a chance suggestion, she visited Devadanam, and found the then undeveloped village and temple to be the one in her vision. The deity was all covered in dirt, and the temple completely weed-ridden, and broken down. From then on till now various stages of renovation had taken place and the temple now wears a beautiful and clean look.”

Note: There is also Sri Theertheswari sametha Sri Somanatha Easwar temple at Kaniampakkam closeby.

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71 comments

  1. Countless Thanks for helping people to benefit from visiting
    the TEMPLE.THE CAPTIVATING PERUMAL and the serene surroundings
    were very wonderful.Thanks for the services.Looking forward to
    more such Wonders our place holds.

  2. sir
    after reading your blog about devadanam we visited the temple.i read your blogs regularly.
    we plan to visit adhirangam near thirukoyilur in a few days.
    can you suggest us the best route from chennai?
    nalini

  3. Really it is a one of the temple as a Varaprasadham… I had a chance to visit on last month during evening time only .

    It is a very good temple ,SRI Renganathar longer than Srirangam.. I would like to visit one more time during the day hours.

    Regards,
    Rengarajan G
    chennai

    • I want to visit the temple, what is the temple timings and thirumangeshwaramMeenjur, timings., Bangalore, please

  4. Today myself and my family went to this temple.
    Such a great temple. To see Ranganathar is
    very very happy. I had gone to Srirangam and
    Thiruvarangam (Manalurpettai-Tiruvannamalai). But
    this Ranganathar is a gigantic deity. I have not
    seen so far.

  5. Hi In same Anuppambattu village just with in 1 kilometers from that ranganathan temple there is one Shiva temple which has been built in the same period when the ranganathan temple has been built. Please visit that too …….. I dont have the photographs of it to give u.

  6. HOW TO REACH DEVADANAM RANGANATHAR TEMPLE.- ON KOLKATTA NH ROAD, TAKE A RIGHT TURN TOWARDS PONNERI. PROCEED STRAIGHT UNTIL U REACH ANNA STATUE. TAKE RIGHT TOWARDS MINJUR, PROCEED 1 KM & TAKE A RIGHT TURN NEAR THE AMBEDKAR STATUE. PROCEED UPTO VELANKULAM I.E ABOUT 4 KMS, TAKE LEFT TURN TOWARDS DEVADANAM TEMPLE. A NARROW ROAD AFTER 5 KMS TAKES YOU STRAIGHT TO DEVADANAM TEMPLE.THIS ROAD IS BETTER.

    IF YOU MISS THIS ROAD, DO NOT WORRY, COME UPTO JOTHINAGAR IE ELAVAMBEDU. ASK FOR THE ROAD THAT TAKES U TO ANUPAMPATTU RAILWAY STATION. CROSS THE LEVEL CROSSING AND PROCEED 2 KMS TO DEVADANAM TEMPLE. THIS ROAD IS OK BUT HAS LOT OF POTHOLES.

    THE TEMPLE IS IN THE MIDST OF PADDY FIELDS, CALM & SERENE ATMOSPHERE. NOT MUCH OF CROWD. CAN HAVE A GOOD DARSHAN OF THE LORD FROM A DISTANCE OF 2 FT. SRI RANGANATHAR IS IN ALL HIS GRANDEAR IS 18 FT LONG, WITH HIS CONSORTS SRIDEVI AND BOODEVI, BRAHMA, SAGE TUMBURU & HANUMAN IN THE SAME SANCTUM.

    THERE ARE SEPARATE SANCTUMS FOR THAYAR, ANDAL, CHAKRATHALWAR & HANUMAN. THERE ARE SHOPS CLOSEBY WITH THULASI AND ARCHANA MATERIALS.

    WHILE I THANK RAJU FOR THE GUIDANCE TO THE TEMPLE, I WOULD REQUEST ALL DEVOTEES TO VISIT THIS TEMPLE AT LEAST ONCE AND SEEK THE BLESSING OF THE LORD & HIS CONSORT.

    • thanks. i visited the temple on 28th sep. Temple was quite and maintenance was good.

      you can see beautiful renganathar with sharp nose like a human being.

      yesterday was the good day for me.

  7. Hey dude thank you very much for this kind information we do not know that this 1000 years old temple is exist near by madras city thanks for this may god bless your family for long lasting good health

  8. Thats an excellent portrayal of Devadanam Ranganathar temple with good visuals. There is one more temple nearby as old as this one and believed to be built during Salukya King regime belonging to Thondai Nadu then.

    The place called ‘Elavambedu’ falls between Ponneri-Minjur on Tiruvottiyur High Road. This ancient Narasimhar temple was in a derelict state like Devadanam temple once, and now some youth came together and are renovating against odds and some elders’ criticising that its a Himalayan task to do it.

    May be we may not need another ‘Saroja Sadasivam’ alone to dream, because there are few noble minds dreaming of it for quite sometime, resulting it into half-way journey so far.

  9. Mr.Raju Thank you very much, Your pictures are very excellent. I proud to say Devadanam is my village.

  10. Thanks for the information and in fact i am looking for SriRanganathar temple close to chennai. will visit this sunday. ould youpl. also post the dharshan time if possible.

  11. Thank you very much for your excellent work.
    The information/photos in this site is veryuseful.
    You are doing bhagavat kainkaryam. May the lord will give you good health/wealth to you and your family.

    Avan arulal avan thal vanangi
    Maalathi

  12. Sir,
    Thank you, Your pictures are very excellent. So many time I travelled by bus from Chennai toNellore but only I heard from you that is a Lors Ranganathar Temple on the way.

    With Regards Balan

  13. Dear Raju,

    The information in the site ae wonderful and very useful. Please include Sokathur which is close to Vandavasi. There is a famous Narashimar temple is available

    Thanks
    Adiyen Uppiliappan

  14. A very clear description and narration. Keep the great work going. There are very few people who have your kind of committment . I regularly read your posting and one day looking forward to meeting you

  15. Dear sir,

    I am very much deligt and thank you very much for doing this great job. lord krishna give all help to you

  16. I was blessed to have Dharshan at this great templeyesterday.I have no words to describe the beauty of the Deity. Thanks a lot for your guidance.

  17. What a description!! Even if I visit the temple about a dozen times, I will not be able to explain in such a detail. Fantastic! My next destination is going to be Devadanam….If God permits…!

  18. No words to thank for your painstaking efforts to give us all these interesting details.
    Please continue this.
    and May He bless you.
    Regards

  19. Excellent information abt Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple. Your work abt temples is great. only a few people like you can do this. God bless u and ur activities.

  20. Thank You for the information about Uthara Rangam Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple near Anupampat/ Ponneri. It is of very helpful information as i am planning to visit this temple… God be with you
    sivakumaran

  21. it is a unique service that you are doing. i wish you well and your family to continue this yeomen
    service in welfare of the community. i wish to visit this temple soon.

  22. En nenjil neengamal sayanithu irrukkum VadaBadraSai..Been here many times…Its a bliss to see him so tall and so close.. best wishes.

  23. pranams, i have been a chennaivasi for more than 25 yrs but never knew about this temple, now i came to know about this temple through u but very very far away from the temple.i can enjoy seeing the temple online n feel i am physically present there. anyhow god is always with us. great job thanks regards.

  24. Thank you very much for the article and LORD SRIMAN NARAYANA will bless you for your contribution please give us a bus route and train train route to the temples you are visiting and the darshan time .T HERE IS ALSO AFAMOUS TEMPLE in PONNERI FOR lord krishna KARI KRISHNA TEMPLE I N THIRUAYIARPADI very impotant temple which is situated on the banks of a river. T he temples on the banks of yhe banks of river are seems to be very ancient

  25. thanks for introducing this temple to the devotees. The photographs are in excellent quality and narration is quite interesting. Keep up this noble cause and pray almighty to give you good health to carry this for ever.

  26. really a puranic temple.i believe our groups have seen this temple.if not we will arrange a tour.
    however even if seen i donot think this much information were noticed. thanks for your efforts

  27. Only a few people can do this kind of work that to only if they have god’s grace. I feel you have been showered with it. Pls continue it….. Thanx a lot.

  28. was never aware of this temple and the 16ft long sri ranganathar; thks for bring this to our notice and thks to smt saroja sadasivam for taking pains to rennovate this temple. hope we will get a chance to visit this temple.

  29. Nice to note the history adn other details. Will amke it a point to visit this beautiful place. Will be happy to hear the deatils on bus route failities from Anuppampatu or minjur to my email id or general post to all
    Will make a visit to this temple
    swaminathan

  30. Very grateful for disclosing a beautiful Temple of Sri Ranganatha so near Chennai, with a history of its own. hats off to the lady for taking up the command of the Lord in her dream and brought the temple into limelight. Next time when I go to Chennai I will make it a poin to visit the Lord and seek His blessings.
    anbil S.Srinivasan

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