On November 3, 2013; Vijaya varusha Aippasi Swathi, being Ammavasai, Thula masa Theerthavari and Garuda Sevai took place at Sri Parimala Ranganathar Temple, Thiruindalur Divya Desam.
About the temple: Located 2km North of the Mayavaram bus stand on the Northern banks of Kaveri is the Parimala Rangan Divya Desam in Thiruindalur, a Pancha Ranga Kshetram where the Lord is seen in a grand Veera Sayana posture displaying his four hands. The other Pancha Kshetrams are Srirangam Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Srirangapatnam Ranganatha, Koviladi Appaala Ranganatha and Kumbakonam Madhya Rangam.
The main deity is Sri Parimala Ranganathar in sleeping posture facing east. The utsavar is known as Maruviniya Mainthan (also called Sugantha Vana Nathan) and Thayar is known as Parimala Ranganayaki- Sugantha Naayaki (in separate sannadhi). The key festivals include Chariot Festival during Panguni (March-April) and the 30-day festival during Aippasi. From Mayavaram, devotees can take buses going to Needur, Manalmedu, Kadalangudi and get down at Indalur (10 minutes from main bus stand). Auto from the main bus stand is available.
During Aippasi, the temple attracts devotees from across the country because a bath in the Kaveri here during this month is said to be more sacred than bathing at the Ganges. It is believed that King Ambarish built this temple. There are several beautiful sculptures inside this temple.
During Thirumangai Azhwar’s visit to this Divya Desam, the temple was shut as he was late. Upset at this, Thirumangai Azhwar gets into an argument with Lord Parimala Ranganathar. When a friend keeps a thing that we want and does not want to share with us, we typically say ‘ keep it to yourself’ in jest. Similarly, here, with the Lord not allowing Thirumangai Azhwar an entry into the temple, the Azhwar asked Parimala Rangan to keep all his beauty to himself and to enjoy it on his own. Thirumangai Azhwar goes on to argue that the world will talk about the Lord in bad light as he shut the door on the Azhwar. The Lord ignores this comment of the Azhwar saying that he need not worry about it and that he will take care of any ill feelings. Despite repeated attempts to impress the Lord to allow him an entry, Parimala Rangan maintains his silence. A dejected and frustrated Thirumangai Azhwar decided that he would leave the place as the Lord was stubborn at not allowing Darshan to the Azhwar. Thirumangai Azhwar in his Paasuram (1331) says ‘Vaasi Valleer Indhalureer Vazhnthey Pomneerey….’ to mean that ‘I am leaving, you yourself live here and enjoy life’. Sensing that Thirumangai Azhwar may leave the place without praising him enough, Lord Parimala Rangan tries to prolong the argument and asks him to sing praise of him. Thirumangai Azhwar replies saying “How can I shower praise on you when you do not allow me to see you”. Lord Parimala Ranga says “ You who have sung praises of other Lords, sitting in your place, do sing praise of me too so I can listen to your sweet songs.” Thirumangai Azhwar finally falls for it and composes 10 Paasurams.
The following are some of the photographs taken yesterday during Theerthavari and Garuda Sevai…
Courtesy: Sri M. Ramanathan and About the Temple Write-up Courtesy: Sri Prabhu