Nedungundram (or Nedungunam) is about 55 kms from Tiruvannamalai and about 24 kms from Arani. The Yoga Ramar temple is located between Vandavasi and Chetpet and is on the main road.
The temple was built by Krishnadeva Raya on a vast area of 8 acres. There are several beautiful sannadhis around the main shrine for Chakrathazhwar, Kalyana Venkatesa perumal, Sanjeevihanuman, azhwars etc. There is a seperate sannadhi for Vykanasachaaryar who gave Vaikaanasa Agama.
HISTORY: On his way back to Ayodhya after the war with Ravana in Sri Lanka Sri Rama passed through this place and met Sukabrahamma Rishi who was performing penance on the hill here. The Rishi, immensely pleased with the visit of Sri Rama with Sita and Lakshmana gave Rama some palm leaves containing some rare scriptures. Receiving the palm volume from the Rishi with all humility, Rama sat with Sita on the left and Lakshmana on the right and asked Hanuman to read the scriptures. Hanuman sitting in a Padmasana form read the leaves. The Rishi taught Hanuman the Muktikopanishad here, according to a story.
SPECIALITY: Lord Sri Rama is seen sitting only in this temple. There is no temple bigger than this for Lord Rama in Tamilnadu. The Lord is known as Yoga Ramar in the temple and looks as if He is teaching Vedas. It is only in this temple, the Lord does not have his bow and arrow. Lakshmana holds these weapons. Mother Sita holds a lotus in the right hand while her left hand points to the feet of the Lord. Hanuman has a place within the sanctum sanctorum next to Lord Rama, reading scriptures/Vedas.
Moolavar: Sri Yoga Ramar with Seetha devi
Urchavar: Sri Vijaya Raghava Perumal
Thayar: Sengamalavalli Thayar
Theertham: Sukhar Theertham (also called Surya Theertham)
Sthala Vruksham : Vilvam
Built around: 1000-2000 years old
State: Tamil Nadu
Other Shrines: Azhwar, Sri Krishna, Sudharsanar, Lord Venkateswara, Sri Vaikanasar
Temple Timings: Open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.