Here is that holy Tiruchanur, once called Sukapuri and Alarmel Mangapuram though popular as
Mangapuram and Thiru chanurtoo. Alarmel mangapuram is a Tamil name and means a woman
standing on the
flower. It is an appropriate
name for Mother Lakshmi, who
darsan to Balaji on a red lotus flower after
deep penance for 12 long years.
" Seems incredible- Please narrate it in detail straightaway.
" Your anxiety is quite meaningful and to the point
also; So listen. Already narrated the circumstances leading to Mahalakshmi's
departure from Vaikunta after Brighu Maharshis rash action. Unable to bear the
pangs of separation, Mahavishnu descended to Bhuloka and wandered and wandered
for days and months. Reaching Kolhapur after going through 56 countries, he
worshipped Lakshmi's image in the temple set up by Agasthya . To his fortune, an
arial voice one day directed him to go to Swarnamukhi river bank and do penance
for 12 years worshipping
Mahalakshmi with lotus flower and only then the Devi would grace her darsan and
accept reunion. Forthwith he reached the then Sukapuri and dug a tank now called
Padmasarovara to raise lotus flowers for daily worship.
And then prayed to Lord Suryanarayana ardently to render the
lotus flowers remain in full bloom. As said by Aakasavani, Mother Mahalakshmi
appeared before him on Karthika Sudha Panchami standing on a red lotus flower
with two lotuses in hands. The bright, bewitching face heightened by the grandeur
of two broad lotus eyes, diffusing, nectarine lusture enhanced the splendor her
jaganmohanarupa, adorned with
diamond decked jewels and rusting silks made
Mahavishnu oblivions of the world. Seeing his emancipated and piteous visage, due
to form long tapas, Mother came forward and embraced him as a mark of subsidence
of her anger and readiness to get united. Heavens rejoicing over their union
offered pushpavarsha, singing in praise of them to the duicet tunes of Dhundhubi.
Later Mother chose to remain here for ever in the name of Padmavathi for having
risen from Padma flower.