Parimala Ranganatha Perumal Temple, Thiruindaloor – Literary Mention
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. When Thirumangai Azhvaar reached Indhalur, Lord Parimala Rangan shut the door on him reasoning that he was late. Upset at this, Thirumangai Azhvaar argued vehemently Parimala Ranganatha.
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 Azhvaar an entry into the temple, the Azhvaar asked Parimala Rangan to keep all his beauty to himself and to enjoy it on his own. Thirumangai Azhvaar goes on to argue that the world would talk about the Lord in bad light as he shut the door on the Azhvaar. The Lord ignores this comment of the Azhvaar 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 Thiru Mangai Azhvaar decided that he would leave the place as the Lord was stubborn at not allowing Darshan to the Azhvaar.
Thiru Mangai Azhvaar says ‘வாசி வல்லீர் இந்தளுரீர் வாழ்ந்தே போம்நீரே….’ to mean that ‘I am leaving; you yourself live here and enjoy life’. Sensing that, Thiru Mangai Azhvaar may actually leave the place without praising him enough; Lord Parimala Rangan tries to prolong the argument and asks him to sing praise of him. Thiru Mangai Azhvaar 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 happily listen to your sweet songs.” Thirumangai Azhvaar finally fell for it and composed verses of praise on Parimala Rangan.