Presiding deity : Kothandaramar with Sita at the left and Lakshmana on the right holding the bow Kothandam
Perumal : Ranganathar
Special shrine : Hanuman
Holy water: Ramatheertham
Sage : Bharadwaja
Place : Mudikondan
District : Trichy
Those praying in this temple are blessed with high education and wisdom. Those desirous of going overseas for higher education visit this temple praying to achieve their aim. Artists aspiring name and fame and special skills seek the blessing of the lord of this temple. Couples separated due to some reason or other get united praying here. Employment opportunities, promotion in job are also the boons Sri Ramachandra ensures to the devotees.
Besides usual puja offerings, devotees getting their aim fulfilled arrange a procession of the Lord, offering garlands of Tulsi, lighting lamps, special nivedhana and distribute to the visitors.
With the deadline to return to Ayodhya with the expiry of 14 years, Sri Rama sent Hanuman to Bharatha to inform him that he was enroute to the kingdom so that he should not end himself due to any delay or doubt about his return.. Hanuman undertook the mission efficiently and delivered the message to Bharatha and returned to Rama. Sri Rama had already accepted the hospitality of Sage Bharadwaja and was waiting outside the Ashram of Sage Bharadwaja. Hanuman felt that he was ignored by Rama by accepting the hospitality of the sage before his return. Sri Rama offered half the feast to Hanuman and pacified him. Hence Hanuman, expressing his anger, is not with the Lord in main shrine but is just opposite him having his own shrine in the temple.
Mudikondan has a mention in the Valmiki Ramayana. It was here the ashram of sage Bharadwaja existed and where Lord Ranganatha appeared for Sri Rama. An ancient temple of 2000 years.
Generally temples for Rama are constructed facing South so that Vibishana, after his cornonation following the end of Ravana could ever worship Rama in the North. But the Mudikondon Temple is facing east as Bharadwaja Rishi wanted to have a Darshan of Sri Rama with Sita and Lakshmana with his crown. Instead, Sri Ranganatha shrine is installed facing South. The tank is behind the temple. Hanuman shrine is opposite to that of the Lord. The idol of Sri Rama is so beautiful with a slight bending holding the bow.
Mudikondon is 20 kms from Mayiladuthurai and 15 from Thruvaroor. Convenient private lodges are available in both places where the devotee visitors can stay and proceed to visit the temple, the charges ranging from Rs. 250 to Rs. 600. The pilgrims can stay in Nearby Trichy too at Hotel Tamilnadu – phone No. 22789, Hotel Sangam-24895, Hotel Parisuddham – 212466, Hotel oriental Towers –31467, the charge varying from Rs, 200 to Rs. 2000.
Mudikondan is in between the Divyadesa of Thrukannapuram in Tiruvarur district Nannilam taluk . Nearest railway station is Mayiladuthurai and Airport Trichy. Convenient bus facilities are available from the surrounding places.
The third saturday of the Tamil month Purattasi – September-October is festive day with 13 day celebration. The festival concludes with Sita Kalyanam and a procession. Each month, the Punarvasu day, the birth star of Sri Rama is observed in a festive style. The crowd is mor e during Saturdays. Also the new years day both Tamil and English years, are observed.
During his march to Lanka, Sri Rama stayed in the hermitage of Sage Bharadwaja for a short while, when the sage wanted to treat the Lord with a feast. Sri Rama politely declined to accept the offer as he was on a mission and promised to accept the same on his way back to Ayodhya. When Rama was returning back after completing his mission, his Pushpaka aircraft landed near the hermitage. Sage Bharadwaja installed Sri Ranganatha for Rama’s puja before the feast. Rama gave darshan to Sage Bharadwaja with his Mudi (crown) and hence the place is known as Mudikondan.