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.