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Temples & Legends of Tamilnadu
Preface Author
Introduction Kanyakumari
Gandhi Mandapam Maruda Malai
Suchindram Nagercoil
Tiruchendur Alwar Tirunagari
Srivaikuntam Nanguneri
Krishnapuram Tirunelveli
Papanasam Sankaranayinar Koil
Srivilliputhur Tirupparan- kunram
Madhurai Rameswaram
Darbhasayanam Tiruvadanai
Avadayar Koil Kaliyar Koil
Azhagar Koil

Palani

Tiruchirapalli Tiruvanaikkaval
Srirangam Tanjore
Punnainallur Tiruvalanchuzhi
Swamimalai Dharasuram
Saktimuttam Patteswaram
Mannargudi Vedaranyam
Tirunallar Karaikal
Tirukkadaiyur Mayavaram
Vaitheeswaran Koil Pullavane- swaram
Chayavanam Tiruvengadu
Shiyali Chidambaram
Tiruppatiripuliyur Tiruvannamalai
Kiratamar- jareswaram Madurantakam
Cheyyur Kancheepuram
Tirukkazhuk- kunram Mahabalipuram
Tirupporur Tiruvadantai
Tiruvanmiyur Mylapore
Triplicane Vadapalani
Tiruvottiyur Tirumullaivayil
Tiruvallur Tiruttani
Uppilliappan Koil Kumbakonam
Glossary Biblography
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
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Somanatha

KUMBAKONAM

By the untiring efforts and services of a devotee by nameLakshminarayanaswamy, the temple has grown up to its present stature. It is a result of fervent worship offered by his father to Lord Sarangapani. He made a vow that the life of his son Lakshminarayanaswamy would be dedi- cated for services to Lord Sarangapani when he grew of age.

Accordingly when Lakshminarayanaswamy attained the age when he could be asked to render his service for the Lord, his father started with his son toKumbakonam. But they missed the way and the boy lost his sight. But when they entered the town Kumbakonam after a few days, the boy regained his lost sight. From that day Lakshminarayanaswamy remained in the temple of Sarangapani and devoted all his time and energy to look after its affairs. He collected large donations from kings and other devotees and constructed many gopurams and mandapams.

Lakshminarayanaswamy treated the temple as his house and LordSarangapani as his son and took great interest in the improvement of the temple. Inappreciation of his services, the Lord directed the devotees of the temple to perform funeral rites to Lakshminarayanaswamy when he died on the new-moon day in the month of Aippasi (October-November. Even to this day the annual ceremony of Lakshmi- narayanaswamy is being conducted by the temple just as a son does for his father.

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