An early 15th Century AD Rama temple on the outskirts of Madurai is in a dilapidated state. The idols were donated by Rudravathi Ammal in 1416AD with the temple built during the Pandya period. Lord Rama is seen in a Yoga Sitting Posture with Sita to his right (while in a Pattabhisheka posture, she is seen to his left) Lakshmana is seen a standing posture to his left. Anjaneya and Garuda are seen protecting the Lord with their presence at the entrance as dwarapalakas.
The temple was last renovated 110years ago in 1903. While the outer walls are in a terrible state, the base structure of the Sanctum and inner prakara around the Sanctum looks solid with the strong Granite Structure dating back several centuries. The Gopuram has been refurbished and has a new fresh look. Efforts are on to bring the temple back to its historical shape. Currently there is no bhattar to perform the daily poojas. There are no festivals at the temple.
The street leading to the temple may have been a traditional agraharam. The following are some of the highlights of the temple.
- Moolavar : Rama in a Yogic Sitting Posture with Sita and Lakshmana
- Speciality : Anjaneya and Garuda as Dwarapalakas
- History : Built in the 15th Century AD during the Pandya Period
- Inscription: 1903 inscription of a renovation done that year with public support
The contact number of the temple is 97888 54854.
How to reach
Vilacheri is about 8kms from Madurai Junction off the Tiruparankunram Highway. Take Periyar- Thirumangalam bus and get down at Moolakarai bus stop. An Auto from Moolakarai to the temple ( 2kms) will cost Rs. 30/-.
Writeup: Thanks to Sri Prabhu