Sage Mandookya was so named because he was turned into a frog due to a curse. To rid himself of this curse, the sage undertook severe penance, calling on Lord Vishnu to release him of the curse. While he was undergoing his penance, a demon started harassing him. The sage prayed to the Lord and responding to his prayers, Lord Vishnu appeared and destroyed the demon. The sage requested the Lord to stay and the Lord obliged the sage, taking the name of Soundararajar stayed at the spot. The Soundararajar Perumal Temple, Tamil Nadu is said to have been built on the very spot where this took place.
Built under the aegis of Atchuda Devarayar, one of the descendants of Krishna Deva Raya, the temple is believed to be over five hundred years old. The temple is known for its rare and minute work done on its sculptures. Figurines depicted in the sculptures placed in the prakara are so detailed that you can make out not only their fingernails and muscles but also their veins.
The temple is also known as a place where devotees who wish to restore broken relationships, or those who have lost their belongings can ask for a boon by offering garland made of lime and lighting lamps with ghee to Lord Karthaveeriaarjuna. A large number of devotes come here to pray for an early wedlock by praying to Lord Andal on Thursdays. A five day festival in the months of April-May and the ten day Adi Poornima festival in July-August draw thousands of devotes to the temple.
|Visit Duration||30 to 45 minutes|