Tondi Vinayaka Temple, Tiruvadanai

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Location : Tondi In Tiruvandanai Taluk, Tamil Nadu
Presiding Deity: Tondi Vinayaka



Tondi Vinayaka temple is located about a mile and a half from Tondi, a sea-coast town in Tiruvadanai taluk (also spelt as Taluka) in Tamil Nadu. A red stone Vinayaka (also spelt as Vinayak) is placed at the roadside, having only a thatched palmyrah roof as a protection from the inclemency's of the weather. But the Lord Vinayaka is of famous origin and was worshipped by Lord Rama during the course of his banishment.

The idol in this temple is sitting in solitary at the roadside, who looks always graceful and pacifies the thirst of people with a glass of sweet water, which is very rare at the seaside. The water seems to be a sign of the fulfilment of desire, as Lord Rama's desire was fulfilled.

The Legend
According to the local tradition Lord Rama got his first vision of success, after worshipping the idol. It is also believed that Lord Rama wanted to construct a bridge at this point but found that it would lead to the backyards of Lanka's fort. It is said that in this kshetra, Sankara sang the praise of Vinayaka in Ganesa Pancha Ratna Mala.

HOW TO GET THERE

Rail: The nearest railway station is Devakottai at a distance of 26 miles.
Road: Tourists can take buses from Devakottai or Madurai to reach Tondi.

WHERE TO STAY

No proper accommodation facilities are available in Tondi, but for a comfortable stay tourists can reside at the luxurious and economy class hotels in Madurai.



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