- Sri Parimala Ranganathaswamy Or Sugandhavananatha Perumal Temple
Suganthavana kshetra has established for itself an indelible name in the story
of temples for reasons more than one. First, the archamurti is called Vedamodan
for not only restoring Vedas, but also purifying them from the putrid smell
contaminated by Madhu Kaitabas, the wicked demons who stole, concealed and
contaminated them with stinking smell. According to legend, after creation Lord
Mahavishnu gave the four Vedas to Brahma, but two awful demons stole and hid
themselves under sea. On hearing the piteous appeal by Brahma for restoration,
he incarnated as a gigantic Matsya and gave them back to Brahma after killing
the cruel giants. Due to demons' touching and keeping, the Vedas emanated
durgandha - bad odor.
So they did penance and got back their original fragrance from Lord Mahavishnu.
Hence the Lord was appropriately called Vedamodar and the spot Veda thirtham.
Unusual fragrance permeated the whole region and it was aptly called
Suganthavanam and the Lord who accepted to abide in this land as desired by the
Vedas, is called Parimala Ranganathar.
once river Cauvery did penance to get first and foremost place among the holy
rivers of India. Lord Mahavishnu appearing assured that He would dwell in
several temples on its banks, like at Srirangam, Kumbhakonam and Sugandharanya
kshetram. Moreover, Ganga too would visit once a year in the month of October to
get purified by bathing in Cauvery for, she is getting polluted by the sins of
the bathers at holy places like Kasi, Haridwar etc. Hence, the idols of Ganga
and Cauvery are installed in the temple. In addition, a month long festival is
celebrated here when the Utsavamurti of Par imala Ranganathar is taken out to
the river bank to enabling the Cauvery to avail Bhagawan's darsan. Thirdly,
another legend credits this kshetra with the curing of Moon God's Rajyakshama
disease here as evidenced by the presence of the idol of Moon-God seen at the
feet of the Moolavar. In the garbha griha, Lord Parimala Ranganathar gives
darsan in his Veerasayana posture with four hands holding the usual weapons. The
icon is made of emerald-Maragatham and measures 12.5 x 5.5 feet. A soul lifting
sight ensuring moksha! About the name-Indalur is the modern name of the ancient
Tamil word Doopakal standing for the incense burning stand. Surely it is
filling the entire kshetra with the divine aroma and filling the souls with
Srimannarayana's aparupa divyafilas. Agantic worship is offered daily and the
periodical festivals are celebrated with unprecedented colour and pageantry
luring lakhs of devotees. There are many thirthas here and each has a legend.
Thirumangai Alwar composed ten pasurams glorifying the Moolavar.
lies near Mayuvaram, a famous town of Tamilnadu, accessible by four wheelers.