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Sri Parimala Ranganathar temple

Moolavar : Parimala Ranganathar, Sugantha Vana Nathar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Parimala Ranganayaki, Chandras Shaba Vimochana Valli
Thala Virutcham : NA
Theertham : Indu Pushkarini
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Tiru Indalur
City : Tiru Indalur
District : Nagapattinam
State : Tamil Nadu


   The Lord of the temple is praised by Saint Tirumangai Azhwar in his Mangalasasanam hymns. Appearing in various colours, Azhwar asks Lord what his real colour is ? white as milk, dark as a cloud, glittering as gold or that of precious gem, will you tell me my Lord in Indalur.


    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.

Temple's Speciality:

   This is one the 108 Divyadesas of Lord Perumal. This is the place where the Ekadasi Fasting (11th day of full moon or new moon day) gained its special importance.

Opening Time:

    The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. and 8.30 p.m.


    Sri Parimala Ranganathar Temple, Tiru Indalur, Nagapattinam district.


   91- 4364-223 330.

General Information:

   Lord Parimala Ranganathar graces devotees facing east from his majestic reclining (Veera Sayanam) form. Planet Moon had darshan of Lord in this temple. The Vimana above the sanctum sanctorum is of Veda Chakra design.


    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.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform archanas to Lord with Tulsi leaves.

Greatness Of Temple:

    Being one among the celebrated Divya Desas, the temple with its five tier Rajagopuram is built on a land area measuring 350 feet in length and 230 feet in breadth. Planet Moon got relieved of his curse here after a bath in the sacred spring. Chandra-Moon worships the face of the Lord, Sun the feet and Lord Brahmma the naval. Mother Cauvery worships Perumal on His head side while Mother Ganga His feet. Yama and Ambarishan also worship the Lord at His feet. Mother Cauvery has greater importance in this place than Mother Ganga.

Temple History:

   The history of the temple speaks the greatness of Ekadasi Vrata-fasting, that is the devotee committed to this prayer should spend the whole day only with thoughts of Lord without consuming even a drop of water. King Ambarishan was following this practice meticulously. The devotee should take food only the next day-Dwadasi the 12th day of New Moon or Full moon at an auspicious time. And that was the 100th Ekadasi-Dwadasi for king Ambarisha. People of his country and those in the palace were happy that their king will be completing a century and there were necessary arrangements for the celebrations.

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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