|DescriptionThis Divya Desam
is a beautiful temple at Indaloor a part of Mayiladuturai, known for its famous Shivastalam enshrining Mayuranathar. This is
considered to be one of the Pancharangams, the other four being Srirangapatnam
(Karnataka), Srirangam, Koyiladi (Anbil) and Kumbhakonam (along the course of the river Kaveri).
The Moolavar here is Parimala Ranganathar also known as Maruviniya Maindan - an imposing
12 feet long image made of green stone. , and Sugandhavana Nathan, in a reclining posture
facing east. Taayaar here is Parimala Ranganayaki or Chandrasaapa Vimochanavalli or
Pudareekavalli. Images of Kaveri and Ganga are seen seated in the sanctum, as is an image
of Santana Gopalakrishnan. Bhrahma is seen depicted on the wall. There are slso shrines to
Yoga Narasimhar , Rama, Anjaneya, Suryan and Chandra.
This temple with tree prakarams has a 5 tiered rajagopuram and it faces east. The
Dwajastampa mandapam and the Garuda Mandapam have beautifully sculptured pillars. The
Garuda mandapam bears images of the 10 avatarams. It is believed that the offering worship
to Santana Gopalan in the sanctum, would aid barren couples in begetting progeny.
Legends: Legend has it that the demons Madhu and Kaitabha stole the
Vedas, and disappeared into the sea; Vishnu came down in the form of Matsya avataram and
restored the vedas, and restored their fragrance, hence the name Sugandharanyam, and
Parimala Ranganathar and Parimala Ranganayaki.
Legend also has it that Chandra (the moon) was cured of an affliction after bathing in
the Kaveri and offering worship here.
Festivals: Six worship services are offered each day in the
Pancharatra agama protocol. As with the Mayiladuturai
Shivastalam, the entire month of Libra is one of festivites centered around
the river Kaveri when festival image is taken every day in procession to the river
Karnatic Music Composer Muthuswamy Deekshitar's tribute to this
A haunting melody decorating the following text has been composed
by the legendary composer Muthuswamy Deekshitar at this shrine.
Listen to an audio recording of the author's rendition of this kriti.
Parimala Ranganatham bhajhe ham vIranutam paripaalita bhaktam
pundareekavallinatham (I salute Parimala Ranganathan -- who is the
protector of his devotees, the consort of Pundareekavalli and one
who is adored by the brave)
Harim apraakritaakritim matsyaadi dasaakritim (who is Hari Vishnu
who assumed the ten avatarams commencing with the matsya avataram)
Sayanamabja nayanam Narayanam (who is the lotus eyed Narayana and
is portrayed in a reclining form)
Guruguha viditam satatam Gunijanamuditam satatam (who is
perceived by Guruguha and is worshipped by the good folks)
Parameswaram Rameswaram Meswaram Eswaram (who is the Lord of the
Universe, the Lord of Rama, my Lord and the Lord)