Ramaswami Temple is located in Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu, surrounded by the beautiful river Kaveri. It is one of the prominent temples dedicated to lord Ram in India. This beautiful temple was built in the time of Thanjavur Nayaks king Achuthappa Nayak in the 16th century where it was built by Govinda Dikshitar, the minister of Nayaka Kings.

The Mandapa of this temple has 64 uniquely carved pillars with exquisite carvings that tell the story of Ramayana. Here in this temple, Lord Ram is depicted with Vyakarana Mudra while Lord Hanuman is shown holding some manuscripts. The temple also features unique carvings like Coronation of Vubhishana, Coronation of Sugriva and here Hanuman plays the Veena, and also an exquisite carving depicts Lord Ram removing the curse from Ahalya.

This temple is surrounded by a huge granite wall and The main pagoda, ‘Rajagopura’ has five tiers while the outer walls of the sanctum also has a detailed pictorial depiction of Ramayana that one can read it while doing three Circumambulations.

Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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