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History and Significance of Sri Kodandaramar Temple, Mudikondon 

Sri Rama sent Sri Anjaneya to meet Bharatha and inform him that He was enroute to Ayodhya to prevent Bharatha from taking any extreme step as the 14 years time limit for His return was nearing then. Sri Anjaneya did his mission perfectly in time and returned to the Lord. He learnt that the Lord had finished his lunch before his return was annoyed and felt that he was neglected. Anjaneya, therefore did not enter Rama’s ashram and simply stayed outside. Sri Rama cooled down Hanuman offering half of his banquet to him. This is attributed to Hanuman’s absence in the sanctum sanctorum as he was angry with Rama and has a separate shrine opposite to him. This shrine has a mention in Sri Valmiki Ramayana. This is the place where the hermitage of Sage Bharadwaja existed. This is the holy place where Lord Ranganatha appeared and graced Sri Rama. Generally Ram temples are built facing south as Vibhishana from Lanka always wanted to have the darshan of Lord Rama according to scriptures. But here, the temple is facing east as He gave the darshan to Sage Bharadwaja with Mother Sita and Lakshmana in His coronation form. However, Lord Sri Ranganatha installed by Sage Bharadwaja is facing south to grace Vibishana. Angry Anjaneya has his shrine opposite to the Lord. The theertha tank is behind Hanuman shrine. The temple is believed to have come into being even before the times of Alwars. The procession deity is very beautifully made with his neck and hip bending with his Kodandam and arrow in hand.

History of Sri Kodandaramar Temple, Mudikondon

After his departure from Ayodhya to take on the forest life as Pithurvakya Paripalana dharma (obeying the command of father), Sri Rama visited the hermitage of Sage Bharadwaja on his way. When the sage offered him a feast, Sri Rama respectfully declined to accept the offer as he was on a mission then and promised to accept it on his return to Ayodhya. On his return after the Ravana Vadha (killing) while returning to Ayodhya, the Pushpaka Vimana (the divine aircraft) landed at the sage’s ashram. When sage Bharadwaja offered the dinner, Sri Rama said that he had to perform the puja to Lord Sri Ranganatha before the feast. The sage installed Sri Ranganatha as desired by Rama. Rama accepted the feast after worshipping His Kuladevatha Sri Ranganatha. Here Rama gave darshan to the sage in Cororation form (with crown – Mudi in Tamil) at this place, even before the official coronation at Ayodhya later. Hence, the place came to be known as Mudikondon.Rama in this temple is also known as Mudikondaramar.

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