1. Sage Atri and his wife Anasuya were living at
Gnanaranya. Once Atri was away on pilgrimage. At
that time there was very great draught. Anasuya, at
the request of the rishis, wrought rain by
sprinkling the 'padatheertha' of her husband.
2. Narada to humble down the pride of the three
Goddesses, provoked their jealousy by narrating the
incidents at Gnanaranya and extolling Anasuya and
her matchless devotion to her husband.
3. In obedience to the dictates of their wives,
Brahma, Siva and Vishnu visited Gnanaranya to test
4. The three Gods in the disguise of old Brahmins
reached Atri?s ashram and begged alms and when
Anasuya began to serve them food, they told her that
they won?t partake the food unless it is served in
5. Perplexed at the request of the three Brahmins,
Anasuya thought of her husband and sprinkled his
padatheertha and transformed the old Brahmins into
three babies. After feeding them as they desired,
she nursed and rocked them to sleep.
6. Hearing from Narada that there were babies in his
ashram, Atri rushed to Gnanaranya. In all humility,
Anasuya narrated the whole incident.
7. Baffled by the long absence of their Lords, the
three Goddesses as per the advice of Narada, visited
Gnanaranya and begged Mangalya Biksha from Anasuya.
8. Anasuya pointed them the cradles, but in the
excitement, each one chose the wrong bady and they
had not the power to find out their own husbands.
9. The three Goddesses, as per the advice of Anasuya
went to Pragna Theertham and performed severe
10. After the completion of the penance, the three
Goddesses returned to Gnanaranya. The three babies
appeared as Siva, Vishnu and Brahma and stood beside
their Devies and gave darsan to Atri and Anasuya.
Thus at Gnanaranya (the present Suchindrum) the
Tirumurthis are worshipped by the devotees.
11. Indra, in order to purify himself from the curse
of Gautama when he spoiled Gautama's wife Ahalya,
came to Gnanaranya where the Thirumurthis are in one
from as Sthanumalaya.
12. Indra performed puja to Sthanumalaya and got rid
of the curse. As Indra was purified here, Gnanaranya
is also came to be known as Suchindrum. Even today
it is believed that Indra performs puja in this
Temple every night.
There are two important festivals, one in the month
of Markazhi and the other in the month of Chithirai.
During the Markazhi festival ending with the Arudhra
Dharsan, the Lord Suchindraperumal and other deities
are taken out in procession around the streets. On
the ninth day the car festival is conducted with
great pomp and show when three cars are drawn around
The Chithirai festival is conducted in a similar
manner excepting for the last two days when only 2
cars are taken out on the ninth day, and on the
tenth day Lord Suchindraperumal and Umayal are taken
round the Mandapam of the tank on a decorative