when a King called Ubharisaravasu was in penance on Lord Vishnu
in a Purasai Forest, Saint Dhurvaasar came by that side. Since Ubharisaravasu
was in penance he had not noticed the coming of Saint. Dhurvaasar
got angry and cursed his to loose all his strength and power. Ubharisaravasu
immediately came to know about it and begged Dhurvaasar to pardon
him. Saint Dhurvaasar asked King Ubharisaravasu to go Palasavana
Kshethram near Cauvery River and perform Annadhaanam to 1 Lakh peoples.
King immediately left to that place with a battalion of Cook. The
population of that place was only few hundreds, so he thought of
distributing food to who ever comes to that village. Every Day he
was able provide food for people in thousands. The king was also
happy. One Day early morning an old man came to king and told him
that he is very hungry. The king performed his poojas very fast
and served food to the old man. The old man ate the complete food
prepared for thousands of people and still felt hungry. The king
requested the old man to wait for some time to cook again and asked
the old man whether he require any snacks in the mean time. The
old man asked king to get him "Appam" in a pot. The "Appam"
was made very fast and king brought it a pot full and gave it to
the old man. While eating the "Appam" old man became Lord
Vishnu and removed the curse of king given by Saint Dhurvaasar and
laid down there with the pot full of "Appam". So the Lord
here was called as "Appakkudathaan".
The sanctum sanctorum is about 30 ft high. Reach Thiruper Nagar
from Anbil by crossing the Cauvery river. Or reach from Trichy Junction
via Kallanai(About 15 miles). Bus facility is available in plenty.
The Moolavar of
this Sthalam is Appakkudathaan. He is also called as "Appalaa
Ranganathan". Prathyaksham for Ubamannyu and Parasarar(Bhattar).
Moolavar in Kidantha Kolam and in bhujanga sayanam facing west direction.
How to Get There
This temple is located between
River Cauvery and River Kollidam. This temple is approachable from
Kumbakonnam, Trichy and Thanjavur via Thiruvaiyaaru, Boodhalur,
Thirukaatuppalli and Kallanai. It is around 7 kms from Boodhalur
Railway Station. While coming from Trichy we can come to Kallanai
and then reach this temple. We have all facilities here. We can
either stay at Koviladi or at Thirukaatuppalli and visit this temple.