रामालयम्

img_20160918_195306Location: Map (17.567341, 78.522580). Rama temple (KODANDARAMAALAYAM) in Devarayaamjal (YAMJAL) village, Beyond Kompally, Secunderabad.

Timings: Closed in afternoon (Pujari resides just beside temple.)

Highlights:

  1. Temple from Ramanujacharya era (11th century).
  2. Rare temple where Raama and Lakshmana, BOTH hold Shankham and Chakram.

Details of the Temple: This temple is constructed perfectly as per aagama-shastras and according to the style in Ramanujacharya era. Experts consider this structure to be built in the 11th century. This temple has 28 pillars, which is considered to be particular of Raamaalayams. Seeta-Raama-Lakshmana-Anjaneya give darshan in the Garbhalayam. Interesting here, both Raama and Lakshmana hold Shankha, Chakra, and Kodandam. The main mandapam has naaga-bandha yantram and Kurma yantram in the centre. Swamy’s pushkarini is on the right side. A few locals have seen a very rare sight related to this Pushkarini. In this Pushkarini there is a very long and old Naagam. Some locals saw it during it’s trips to the temple. However, because of the Naaga-bandham, there is no fear from venomous creatures. Here is a video documentary on this temple: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYCE6I9KEBGsf8ir7CMD0Sni6Syqgz34z .

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