Loganatha Perumal Temple, Thirukannangudi – Legends
Sage Vashista and Lord Krishna:
The legend says that the great sage Vashista made an idol of Lord Krishna (an avatar of Lord) out of butter. The butter idol did not melt for many years. The sage continued worshipping the butter idol of Lord Krishna. The story goes that, Lord Krishna, pleased with Vashishta’s penance, appeared before the sage in the form of a kid. While the Sage was immersed in thoughts of the Lord, Kannan picked up the butter, swallowed it in one go and gave Vashista the run.
With Vashista giving him a chase, young Kannan 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. Explaining his hurry, Kannan wanted them to ask for one wish. By this time, Vashista 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 Kannangudi.
Thirumangai’s praise of the Tamarind Tree:
Thirumangai Azhvaar who was to build the huge walls of Srirangam temple came to Nagai to pick up the golden statue of Buddha. On his way back, a tired Thirumangai wanted rest and lay under a Tamarind tree at Thiru Kannangudi. 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.
Pending cases at Kannangudi:
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.
Dry Wells at Thiru Kannangudi:
A thirsty Thirumangai is said to have walked up to the ladies near the well and asked for water. 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 Kannangudi are seen dried up. Even when it fills up, it tastes salty.
Lord quenches Thirumangai’s Thirst:
The Lord of Thiru Kannangudi 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.
Pancha Krishna Kshetram:
Thiru Kannangudi is part of the Pancha Krishna Kshetram, the others being Kapisthalam, Thirukovilur, Thiru Kannamangai and Thiru Kannapuram.
Kshetram relationship with Mahabharata and Ramayana:
This place is related to Ramayana and Mahabaratham. In Ramayana, Lord Rama was the disciple of Vashista Maharishi but at this place Lord Krishna takes the post of the teacher and teaches "Gyana" to his student Vashista. In Mahabaratham, Lord Krishna was tied by Mother Yasodha 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. Though by eating his own image, the Lord Showed that Paramathama can engulf another Paramathama, it can be conquered by Jeevatma easily (i.e) the lord is in reach to man if he tries sincerely.
"Kaya Magizh - Urangapuli - Thola Vazhaku - Oorakinaru - Thirukkannankudi":
"Kaya Magizh - Urangapuli - Thola Vazhaku - Oorakinaru - Thirukkannankudi". This is the old saying revolving about this place. Now let us see the explanation of the above Tamil saying.
As said earlier Maharishi's who were on penance tied Lord Krishna in a Magizha tree. This tree lives even today behind the temple and it's being said that this tree would never die. Also Utsavar Dhamodhara Narayanan lies as though tied to the tree with a rope. Kaya means never to die. So this explains Kaya Magizh.
Nammalvar was in Athma Samathi state without sleeping under a Tamarind tree. Thirumangai Alwar after completing the compound wall of Sri Rangam asked Nammalvar to perform Thiruvaimozhi Utsavam. In a way Dhamodhara perumal helped Thirumangai Alwar to complete his job and can seek Nammalvar for his discourse regarding Thiruvaimozhi. Here the term Uranga Puli refers to Nammalvar.
Thirumangai Alwar wanted to construct a compound wall to Srirangam temple. But money shortage occurred and to avoid that he started to steal. In course, when he came to Nagapattinam, he found a Golden statue of Lord Budha there and tried to steal it. But a wheel was rotating above the Budha idol and connection to the wheel was in the statue. So without stopping the wheel it was impossible to rob the idol. So, Thirumangai Mannan went across the sea to find the person who made this arrangement. He found him and learnt the technique to stop the wheel at retuned back in a ship which contained beetalnut. After getting of the ship, Alwar filed a suit at the local court and won half the sacks of beetalnuts contained in the ship.
After that by inserting a banana tree bark, he stopped the wheel and stole the golden idol. But the monks saw him and started to chase him. He hid the idol at Thirukkannankudi near a bush and later took it to Srirangam. When the monks asked to return the idol he said that after two days he would return the idol upto the little finger and gave them just that finger alone monks filed a case and due to his clever wordings Thirumangai Alwar came out this case too. As he got victory in both the cases, the cases were called "Thola Vazhaku" (i.e) case without defeat.
Vaanamaamalai kshetram has been praised in Mangalasasanam by Nammalvar. In this particular kshetram there's a well which contains no water but oil. This oil has medical values and when taken cures many diseases. As devotion would cure Athma’s disease the oil of this well cures bodily included in the saying.
As Dhamodhara perumal guarded the golden idol of Buddha, Thirumangai Alwar was able to finish the wall and invited Nammalvar for discourse. So Thirukkannankudi has played an indirect role in the above aspects and thus the saying is explained.
Those who worshipped Vishnu here:
Brighu Maharishi, Uparisaravasu king of Sethi Kingdom, Gowthama Maharishi had worshipped Vishnu here.