Unaimancheri Ramar Temple (Kanchipuram - Tamil Nadu)

After Mambakkam Murugatheeswarar Temple and Kandigai Quarry, I continued to hunt for Unaimancheri Temple. First I found Kolapakkam and then enquired locally for Unaimancheri and ventured in the road that the locals directed me. And almost at the end of the village, I spotted the temple. 

A temple that was pretty new and multi color paints and cement reinforcement. That really made me wonder if it was the temple I came in search of. Some construction work was going on in the neighbouring house and I enquired again and again if this was the Ramar Temple of Unaimancheri and they replied in affirmative.

I should say I was disheartened by the new look given to the ancient temple. It was closed and on enquiry I cam to know that the temples opens only early in the morning.

However I could access the Maha Mandapam. The solid granite of which the basic structure is made of, is the standing proof that the temple is ancient. It had a few pillars and some beautiful reliefs on these sculptures. 

One of the reliefs here in the temple wall is of a Varaha (Wild Pig) and a standing Sword. This is a sure shot evidence that the temple belongs to the Vijayanagara Empire. Well, this was built in the 16th C by Akshataraya, who was the brother of Krishna Deva Raya.

Yes, I did spot a couple of epitaphs

And the steps of the temple had the mythical creature Yaali on either sides.

I came around the temple and I spotted a temple pond behind the temple. I would venture once again early morning to see how the interiors of the temple is. Well, only this I wished was they had taken the services of Archeologists or Art Historians before they renovated this, so they could have retained the ancient feel as it was...

TO REACH THERE:
From Tambaram: 13km via Perungalathur, Vandalur and then on Vandalur - Kelambakkam Road. Right turn at Unamancheri near Kolapakkam.
From Medavakkam: 21km on Medavakkam - Mambakkam Road, then turn towards Vandalur at Mambakkam. Left turn at Unamancheri near Kolapakkam.

The temple is located at the extreme end of the Unanmacheri Village.
Google Map co-ordinates:12.858425,80.105929

Bhushavali N

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14 comments:

  1. Wow amazing place , nice write up . Thanks for sharing .

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  2. Those steps are beautiful!And I'm not a fan of the new multicolored structure too,takes the old world charm away.

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  3. Interesting unknown location. Thanks for sharing.. Will try to visit sometime..!

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  4. good pals i visit early as possible . thanks for sheering :)
    masque couleur

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  5. hi bhushavali

    entirely different shades of traditional temple shading...

    nice historical info...

    thanks for sharing....


    "HAPPY ONAM TO YOUR & YOUR FAMILY"

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  6. @Team G,
    Thanks dears... :)

    @Soumi,
    Yeah I too love the steps... Indeed its so sad that these heritage sites are renovated without consulting archaeologists...:(

    @Sridharan,
    Sure. Do visit and blog abt it. I'd love to know your view of the temple... :)

    @Groupdmt,
    Thanks dear... :)

    @Phivos,
    Thanks love... :)

    @Krishna,
    Thanks a lot dear... :)

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  7. It should be Achutaraya, may be typing error. pl. note

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  8. THANKS .WITH THE HELP OF THIS WEBSITE I WAS ABLE TO FIND MY ANCESTRAL AMMAN TEMPLE LOCATED NEAR IT

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  9. THANKS I WAS ABLE TO LOCATE MY ANCESTRAL AMMAN TEMPLE (KULATHAIVAM)

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  10. Glad you were able to find your ancestral amman temple! :)
    I'm immensely happy!!!

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  11. Hey there!

    Thank you so much for this post. I'm a local resident and was completely ignorant of the antiquity of the temple. This has inspired me to learn more about our temple.

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