Thirukkannangudi – Loganatha Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Loganatha Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar:  Loganathaperumal, Shyamalameni Perumal

Thayar: Loganayaki

Pushkarani: Ravana Pushkarini

Vimanam: Udhbala Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Thirumangai Aazvaar

Sthalapuranam:

Long back Vashita Maharishi made an idol of Krishna in Butter.It did not melt due to his pure devotion. Lord Krishna, pleased with Vashishta’s penance, appeared before the sage in the form of a kid( Yadhava caste or Idai kulam) . While the Sage was immersed in thoughts of the Lord, Kannan picked up the butter, swallowed it when Vashita saw this he lost him temper and started to chase the boy, who was running towards west side. He runs through the Krishnaranya Kshetram until he came upon the rishis, who were undergoing penance here. Thrilled to see Kannan come their way, the rishis blocked him and tied him near by tree. Explaining his hurry, Kannan wanted them to ask for one wish. By this time, Vashishta too had caught up with the Lord and he fell at his feet. The rishis wanted the Lord to provide darshan to other devotees in this same standing posture at this place. Hence this place came to be called Kannankudi.

This place is related to Ramayana and Mahabaratha. In Ramayana, Lord Rama was the diciple of Vashista Maharishi but at this place Lord Krishna takes the post of the teacher and teaches “Gyana” to his student Vashista. In Mahabharatham, Lord Krishna was tied by Mother Yashoda for the reason of eating butter. For more or less same reason he was tied here by rishi’s. This incident teaches an important lesson also.the Lord Showed that Paramathma can engulf another Paramathma, it can be conqured by Jeevatma easily (ie) the lord is in reach to man if he tries sincerly.

Thirumangai Azhvaar who was to build the huge walls of Srirangam temple came to Nagai to pick up the golden statue. On his way back, a tired Thirumangai wanted rest and lay under a Tamarind tree at Thiru Kannankudi. Placing the gold in the pit there, Thirumangai asked the tree to wake him up if someone came there. The next morning when the owner of the plot arrived to resume work, the tamarind tree dropped its leaves on Thirumangai to wake up the Azhvaar.

Thirumangai and the owner of the plot argued about its ownership. Thirumangai defended himself saying his papers were in Srirangam and that he would come back in a day or two with the papers. Thirumangai never came back and the case is said to have remained pending. Disputes in ThiruKannangudi don’t see a quick decision. While on the way to srirangam he got  thirsty he found a  well and asked for water to the people near by. Having heard about his arguments regarding the ownership of the plot, they were worried that he would fight with them on the ownership of the well and hence refused him a pot of water. An angry Thiru Mangai Azhvaar pronounced a curse stating that the water would not fill up in the well. To this day, wells in Thiru Kannankudi are seen dried up. Even when it fills up, it tastes salty.

The Lord of Thiru Kannankudi is said to have come and presented a tired and thirsty Thiru Mangai with food and water. With Thiru Mangai finishing his food, the Lord is said to have disappeared. Left wondering, Thirumangai, on his way back, met a man who seemed like one with conch and chakra but disappeared almost immediately. It is believed that Thirumangai had earlier answered the Lord’s enquiry about his background saying he was a vagabond. Hence, the Lord is believed to have given him just one quick glimpse of his full vision and then disappeared.

Unlike in other Divya Desams where Garuda is seen with folded hands, he is seen here with his hands around his body. Another unique feature at this temple is the similarity of the Moolavar and Utsavar idols of Goddess, not seen in any other Divya Desam.

Located about 8kms West of Nagapattinam, off the Nagapattinam- Thiruvarur Highway, is Damodara Narayanan Divya Desam in Thiru Kannangudi, which is also part of the Pancha Krishna Kshetram. This is the final point of Krishnaranya Kshetram, which begins at Naachiyar Koil in Thiru Naraiyur and passes through Thiru Cherai, Kannamangai and Kannapuram.

Route:

About 6 kms from Nagapattinam, from ThiruKannapuram 25 kms by road.

Temple Timings:

6am-12noon and 5pm –8pm

Temple Telephone Number:

04365 – 245350

Temple Address:

Sri Loganatha Perumal Temple,
Thirukkannangudi – 611104,
Nagapattnam District,

Tamil Nadu.

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