Pandava Sahaya Perumal, Pandur, Mayiladuthurai

As is clearly evident from the name, this temple’s puranam is closely connected to the Pandavas and the Mahabharatam. The Pandavas built this temple after they were cured by worshipping Siva, at Krishna’s advice; and as a result, this temple can perhaps be regarded central to the Pancha Vaidyanathar Sthalams (five temples for Siva as Vaidyanathar). But what famous mantram, originally instructed by Brahma to Narada, is associated with this temple?… Read More Pandava Sahaya Perumal, Pandur, Mayiladuthurai

Punugeswarar, Koranad, Mayiladuthurai

This is one of the 7 temples that comprise the Mayiladuthurai Sapta Sthanam set of temples. The sthala puranam here concerns a civet (punugu or musk) cat which worshipped Siva here, and was blessed by the Lord. The temple is also seems to share a connection with the nearby Moovalur temple, with Brahma and Vishnu worshipping Siva. But why is this place called Koranad, and how is it connected to Nesa Nayanar?… Read More Punugeswarar, Koranad, Mayiladuthurai

Parimala Ranganathar, Tiru Indalur, Mayiladuthurai

One of the 5 Pancha Ranga Kshetrams on the banks of the Kaveri river, this is where Chandran worshipped Vishnu to be somewhat rid of the curse of losing his lustre. Perumal’s name here references the fragrance that Vishnu imparted to the Vedas, after retrieving them from the demons Madhu and Kaitabha during the Matysa Avataram. The temple’s sthala puranam is also connected to the origin of Ekadasi Vratam. But how did Vishnu get Tirumangaiazhvar to sing a pasuram at this temple?… Read More Parimala Ranganathar, Tiru Indalur, Mayiladuthurai