Ayodyapattinam Sri.Ramar temple - Salem

This is one of the beautiful temples of Sri.Rama in Tamilnadu  situated nearby Salem.It is  around 20 kms in Salem  - Authur state highway, few kms from Salem - Chennai N.H( 4 lane).The legend is that Lord Rama stayed here one night on his way to Ayodya with Mother Sita,Laksmana,Anjaneya,Sugreva & Vibishana after killing Ravana.Sri.Rama's footprints are near the dwaja stamba( flag staff).The sculptures of this temple are excellent & speak themselves of such  an architectural beauty.The mandapa ( big hall ) constructed before the sanctum has ,musical pillars, a soldier killing a demon riding  a horse,a lion like animal, an elephant all are carved in a single pillar.This was constructed by the king Thirumalai Naicker. There is similarity  in sculptures of Tharamangalam Kailasanathar,Thiruchengode Arthanareeswarar & Murugan temples & also Thirumalainaicker mahal (Madurai),said to be constructed at the same time.But  Thiruchengode temple was visited by Saint Sambandar during 7th century.The temple is in a peaceful atmosphere.When you enter near the sanctum ,you would be in Ramayana period.Statue of Thirumalai Naiker is in the mandapa.

                                                           Musical pillars
                                         Many sculptures carved in  a single pillar

                                      Idols photo from Dinamalar magazine with thanks.