One of the 108 Temples & Celestial Abodes of Vishnu revered by the Tamil hymns of the Alwars of the 1st millennium CE

Location: Mayiladuturai
Chola Naadu)
Vishnu: Parimala Ranganathar
Taayaar: Parimala Ranganayaki
Theertham:Indu Pushkarini
Paasuram :Tirumangaialwar
Vimaanam:Vedachakra Vimanam
Travel Base:Thanjavur
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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).

Deities: 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 Kaveri.

Karnatic Music Composer Muthuswamy Deekshitar's tribute to this shrine.

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)

Antaranga 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)

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