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Sri Yoga Ramachandramurthy temple
Moolavar: Yoga Ramachandra
  Urchavar: Kothandaramar
  Amman / Thayar: Shenbagavalli
  Thala Virutcham: Shenbaga tree
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : Pancharatra
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Shenbagaranyam
  City: Padavedu
  District: Tiruvannamalai
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Garudaseva on Aavani Friday in August – September, Masi Magam in February-March, Sri Rama Navami in March-April, and new moon and full moon days are the festivals observed in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Lord Rama is seated in Veerasana throne under the Pushpaka aircraft showing the Chinmudra (keeping the thumb and the first finger together while other three fingers are left separately) and keeping the right hand on the chest. This is a very design of Lord Vishnu’s appearance. There is no Sorgavasal (gates of Heaven) here as traditionally found in Vishnu temples. Only special pujas are performed on Vaikunda Ekadasi day falling in December-January.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 3.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.  
  Sri Yoga Ramachandramurthy Temple, Padavedu – 605 905. Tiruvannamalai district.  
  +91 4181-248 224, 94435 40660 
 General Information:

Sri Anjaneya shrine is outside the temple.  There are shrines for Vishvaksenar, Nammalwar, Perialwar, Alavandar, Sri Ramanuja and Vedanta Desika in the front mandap.  In the corridor-prakara are shrines of Lord Venugopala, Parasurama and Sri Anjaneya.  There is a temple for Lord Venugopala in Kottai hills behind this temple.  Famous Padavedu Renukambal temple is 3 km from this temple.


Devotees seek the blessings of the Lord for excellence in academic pursuit, cure from amnesia, for wisdom, wedding, child boon and family unity.

Thanks giving:
  They light ghee lamps and offer a pulse called pasipayaru and sweet pongal-pudding as nivedhana to Lord. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

Lord Sri Ramachandra with His consort Mother Sita is seated on the Veerasana throne with His right hand on the chest showing the chinmudra.  The idol of Sri Rama and Moter Sita is sculpted in a single stone with a Peeta-seating.  Sri Anjaneya is by the side of the Lord with palm leaves.  As the Lord was also a teacher-Acharya to Anjaneya, He holds no weapons.  Sri Lakshmana alone standing nearby has a bow and arrows.


As Lord Sri Rama graces here as a Guru, the temple is more revered as a place of worship seeking academic benefits.  They pray for good education, freedom from forgetfulness and wisdom.  People also pray for a happy wedding, child boon and unity in family.


While Sri Rama is an outstanding example of a life with one wife (Ekapathni Vradha) and lived with Mother Sita alone, there is a shrine for Mother Shenbagavalli too.  As the Mother taught Sri Anjaneya that She was the Paramatma, she assumes the status of Perumal.  There is also a shrine for Mother Vishnu Durga.  There is no shrine for Sri Andal.  Sage Valmiki’s first verse in Ramayana describes meditation qualities (Yoga practices) of Lord Sri Rama.  The temple is constructed translating this philosophy.  As the Lord appears teaching the eternal and ultimate reality, those seeking total salvation come to this temple for attaining this imperishable wealth.  Hence there is no Sorgavasal here.  Only special pujas are performed on Vaikunda Ekadasi day. 


Special abisheks are performed to Lord on Poornima and new moon days and on Punarvasu star day-the birth star of Lord.  Lord Rama with Mother Sita and Sri Lakshmana graces His devotees on Garuda His eagle vehicle (Garuda Seva) on the second Aavani Friday in August-September.  On Masi Magam in February-March, Lord visits Mahabalipuram for Theerthavari.  Sri Sitarama Wedding festival is celebrated on Panguni Uthiram after Sri Ramanavami utsav.


It would be relevant to mention here that epic Ramayana itself is a Veda – Saranagathi Veda meaning total surrender at the feet of Lord.

  Temple History:

Vedas are the basis for the existence and activity of the world.  Sri Anjaneya had a doubt what then was the seed of the Vedas.  Who was the author of the Vedas?  What is the quintessence of Vedas?  Sri Anjaneya approached the Lord for enlightenment.  Lord kept His right hand on the chest showing the chinmudra silently saying that He is the Paramatma and that he dwells in the biological body of every creature of the world.  He told Sri Anjaneya that He was Veda and the meaning and purpose of Vedas.  The temple represents this philosophy in depth.  The Lord also is revered as Yoga Ramachandra Murthy.

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