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Sri Parimala Ranganathar Temple


Parimala Ranganathar Perumal Temples or Tiruindaloor is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu, located in Mayiladuthurai, a town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu revered in Nalayira Divya Prabandham by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars.This temple is along Kaveri and is one of the Pancharanga Kshetrams.Rangan Perumal Temple is a Pancha Ranga Kshetram. With Adhiseshan on top, Lord Parimala Rangan can be found in a stupendous dozing stance with 4 hands, Goddess Cauvery by the side of his head, on his right side and Goddess Ganga by the side of his (another name of Chandran is Indhu) asked for that this spot be called Indhalur in his memory. conception of blessed stream Cauvery to its end, there are five Ranganathars (Pancharangams) on its bank and this temple is one of them; the other four being Srirangapatnam (Karnataka), Srirangam, Koyiladi (Anbil, close Trichy) and Kumbhakonam. While Srirangam is known as Aadhi Arangam, Kumbakonam as Madhya Arangam, this kshetram is known as Andhiya Arangam. Ranganathar, Sleeping Posture, East Facing.

The Lord comes in parade on the Tamil New Year day, verging on falling on April 14 of every year. Amid the month of Adi (July-August) Adi Pooram is commended for 10 days. In Avani month (August-September) a five day festivity is watched for Lord Kannan. Navarathri in Purattasi (September-October), Thula Brahmmotsavam in Ipasi (October-November), 20 days Vaikunda Ekadasi in Margazhi (December-January) Sankranti or Pongal in Thai (January-February), Brahmmotsavam in Panguni (March-April) are the critical celebrations in the temple. trusted that a shower in the Cauvery here amid Aipasi is said to be more holy than washing at the Ganges. Amid this month, the temple pulls in fans from over the King Ambarish assembled this temple. There are a few wonderful figures inside this temple. The Theertham is Indu (Chandra) pushkarini, the Vimanam is Vedachakra Vimanam. The Main Deity is Parimala Ranganathar, Sleeping Posture, East Facing. The Utsavar is the Maruviniya Mainthan(also called Sugantha Vana Nathan). Ranganayaki-Sugantha Naayaki(Separate Sannidhi).The Mangalasaasanam is Thirumangai Azhvaar – 10 Paasurams.Chandran (The Moon God) attempted atonement here and was freed, from his condemnation, by the Lord here. Chandran (another name of Chandran is Indhu) asked for that this spot be called Indhalur in his memory.

About the Temple


Sri Kola Valvilli Ramar Perumal Temple has a three tiered rajagopuram and is enclosed within brick walls. Leaving the central shrine of the presiding deity, which is built with granite, all the other shrines are built with brick. There are separate shrines for the consort of Kolavalli Ramar, Maragathavalli.Lord Perumal blesses the devotees favors the enthusiasts in his Bhujanga Sayana-leaning back structure. The vimana over the sanctum sanctorum is of Varthaga Vimana plan. Shukra, Lord Brahmma, Indira, Sage Parasurama, Mayan the perfect stone carver had the darshan of Lord in this temple. Senganur, the origin of famous Vaishnavite Scholar Periavachan Pillai is close to this spot. Kanchi Acharya His Holiness Sri Chandra Sekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal - Kanchi Periavar – stayed here to execute remodels. The theerthams or pushkarni for the temples are Sukra, Brahma, Indra and Parasara theertham and the vimanam is known as Pushkalavartaka vimanam. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD.

Legend / Story


Story goes that Lord Parimala Rangan close the entryway on ThiruMangai Azhvaar, who had desire his darshan, thinking that he was late. Irritated with this, ThiruMangai Azhvaar gets into a contention with Lord Parimala Ranganathar. At the point when a companion keeps a thing that we need and would not like to impart to us, we commonly say " hush up about it' jokingly. Likewise, here, with the Lord not permitting Thirumangai Azhvaar a section into the temple, the Azhvaar requested that Parimala Rangan hush up about all his magnificence and to appreciate it all alone. ThiruMangai Azhvaar goes ahead to contend that the world will discuss the Lord in awful light as he close the entryway on the Azhvaar. The Lord overlooks this remark of the Azhvaar saying that he require not stress over it and that he will deal with any evil sentiments. Regardless of rehashed endeavors to inspire the Lord to permit him a section, Parimala Rangan keeps up his hush. A down and out and frustratedThiru Mangai Azhvaar concluded that he would leave the spot as the Lord was determined at not permitting Darshan to the Azhvaar. Thiru Mangai Azhvaar in his Paasuram(1331) says Sensing that Thiru Mangai Azhvaar may leave the spot without applauding him enough, Lord Parimala Rangan tries to draw out the contention and solicits him to sing acclaim from him. Thiru Mangai Azhvaar answers saying "In what capacity would I be able to shower acclaim on you when you don't permit me to see you". Master Parimala Ranga says " You who have sung gestures of recognition of different Lords, sitting in your place, do sing acclaim for me too so I can listen to your sweet tunes." ThiruMangai Azhvaar at long last succumbs to it and creates 10 Paasurams. Indhu means moon. As perumal got Chandra (Moon) from his revile, this spot is known as Indhaloor. Master Narayana gave dharsan as Vennchudar perumal in the standing stance to the Moon god in Thalaisangaadu. Yet, here at this spot he is in Veera Sayanam posture.There he was brimming with light being as Vyomajyothi piran. Yet, here he is loaded with aroma (Parimalam) and thus he is called as Parimala Rangan. He has 4 hands here. Stream Cauvery is under his feet here. As he guaranteed waterway Cauvery to increment here status, he made her as his bed at Srirangam, took her as his mom at Thirucherai and here at Thiru Indhaloor, he has taken stream Cauvery over his head. Hence gave her the status of waterway Ganges who is on the head of Lord Shiva.

As the perumal of this spot, changed over the position of waterway Cauvery and Lord Chandra into a devout state, Thirumangaialwar calls him as a Brahmin. The vedas were made to train rules for people to lead a glad life. The Surya and Chandra spin far and wide to give prisperity (like wheels ie Chakra). Thus the vimaana of this spot is called as Veda Chakra Vimaanam. Sri Rangam is known as Aadhi Arangam (first) while Thirukudanthai is Madhiya Arangam (Middle) and Thiru Indhaloor is known as Andiya Arangam (Last). Being one among the observed Divya Desas, the temple with its five level Rajagopuram is based on an area territory measuring 350 feet long and 230 feet in expansiveness. Planet Moon got eased of his condemnation here after a shower in the sacrosanct spring. Chandra-Moon adores the Lord's substance, Sun the feet and Lord Brahmma the maritime. Mother Cauvery adores Perumal on His head side while Mother Ganga His feet. Yama and Ambarishan additionally worshipped the Lord at His feet. Mother Cauvery has more noteworthy significance in this spot than Mother Ganga. Sri Parimala Ranganatha Perumal Temple (Thiruindhalur), Mayiladuthurai - Divya Desam 23 The historical backdrop of the temple talks the significance of Ekadasi Vrata-fasting, that is the aficionado focused on this supplication to God ought to spend the entire day just with musings of Lord without devouring even a drop of water. Ruler Ambarishan was taking after this practice fastidiously. The fan ought to take sustenance just the following day-Dwadasi the twelfth day of New Moon or Full moon at a favorable time. Furthermore, that was the 100th Ekadasi-Dwadasi for ruler Ambarisha. Individuals of his nation and those in the royal residence were glad that their ruler will be finishing a century and there were essential game plans for the festivals.

Be that as it may, individuals in the divine world were troubled on the grounds that, Ambarishan may be lifted to their status if his 100th fasting went effectively. They would not like to lose their position for a human. They drew nearer Sage Durvasa to fix his fasting and help holding their positions. The wise, noted for his personality guaranteed the Devas to help them and came practical. By then, the lord had completed the Ekadasi fasting. The fasting would get to be finished just in the event that he took his nourishment before the endorsed time the following day-Dwadasi. On the off chance that the time closes, the fasting's products additionally would be lost. The ruler did not realize that the sage had accompany a malevolent arrangement. Sri Parimala Ranganatha Perumal Temple (Thiruindhalur), Mayiladuthurai - Divya Desam 23 The ruler spoke the truth to take his sustenance when Sage Durvasa entered his royal residence. The ruler was doubly happy to have a visitor in Sage Durvasa and asked for him to acknowledge his neighborliness eating with him. The sage slyly let him know that he acknowledged his welcome and would be back to be with him for the lunch after a shower in the stream. His arrangement was to fizzle the ruler. The time was quick nearing. The lord feared the savvy's scourge on the off chance that he ate without him. He counseled the pandits in his court. The boss pandit said that in the event that he basically devours of few drops of water, he would finish the fasting all together. Ruler did this and was sitting tight for the sage to have the full nourishment. Knowing this through his powers, Durvasa created a ghost to kill the king. When the ghost began chasing him, Ambarisha sought asylum at Lord’s feet. Perumal looked at the ghost angrily. The ghost began to retreat and disappeared. Realizing the devotion of the king and the power of his fasting, sage Durvasa sought the pardon of the Lord. The sage was pardoned.

When asked by the Lord of his wish after completing 100 Ekadasi fastings, king Ambarisha begged the Lord that He should stay at this place and bless the devotees. Pleased with the king’s request, Lord Vishnu-Perumal is blessing His devotees from this temple as Parimala Ranganathar.

Ranganatha Perumal Temple (Thiruindhalur), Mayiladuthurai - Divya Desam 23 Another story goes that Chandran (Moon God) fell in love with his preceptor Brihaspati’s wife Tara and eloped with her, in the absence of his Guru. When Brihaspati found his wife missing, he sought the help of Brahmma who asked Tara to return to her husband. Later, when Tara’s pregnancy came to light, a furious Brihaspati cursed Chandra to deformity saying that the biggest sin of life is to caste one’s eyes on another’s spouse and that Chandran would have to undergo the full severity of the curse for having cast his eyes wrongfully on another's wife.

Another story goes that Dakshan was so taken in by Chandran’s handsome features that he decided to make him the suitor for his 27daughters. However, Chandran was interested only in one of the daughters, Rohini and mockingly ignored the others.Dakshan found that the handsome looks had made Chandran too arrogant and cursed him to immediately lose his youth and his strong luring features. Repenting for wrongly casting his eye on another man’s wife, Chandran requested Brihaspati to provide him an opportunity for performing parikara that could help him cleanse his grave sins.

As part of the 3 fold parikara, Chandra undertook penance here at Thiru Indhalur after bathing at the sacred Theertham, invoking the blessings of Lord Vishnu. Answering his prayers, Lord appeared before him and agreed to liberate him from part of the sins. (The story goes that Chandran went to Thalai Changa Naan Mathiyam, another Divya Desam about 15 East of Thiru Indhalur, where he was fully liberated from his curse and dosham). Pleased with being partly liberated from his curse, Chandran (another name of Chandran is Indhu) requested that this place be called Indhalur in his memory. As the temple is noted for its Ekadasi importance, it is suggested that those desirous of undertaking the fasting, may start the practice from this temple.



People worship Santhana Gopalan in this temple will bless the couple to beget children.



Perumal coming in procession on the first day of Chithirai – coinciding with April 14 generally; 10 day Sri Andal Aadi Pooram festival in July-August; Thayar Navarthri Utsav in Purattasi-September-October; 10 day Aipasi Thula Brahmmotsav in October-November, 20 days Margazhi Vaikunda Ekadasi utsav in December-January; Thai Makar Sankranthi (pongal) falling almost on January 14 each year and 10 day Panguni Brahmmotsav in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Prasad & Offering

As the temple is noted for its Ekadasi importance, it is suggested that those desirous of undertaking the fasting, may start the practice from this temple. Devotees perform archanas to Lord with Tulsi leaves.

Near By Temple



Tiruindalur is just 2 kms away from Mayiladuthurai. The closest railway station is in Mayiladuthurai, and the closest airport is in Trichy.


Sri Parimala Ranganathar Temple,
Tiru Indalur,
Nagapattinam district.


Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • To find happiness and prosperity

Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey

Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.

Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum

Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.

Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram

Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.

Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami

Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.


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