Mathusoothana Perumal Temple, Parakkai, Kanyakumari
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Legend / Local stories
According to a legend, a sculptor who was an ardent devotee of the Lord etched an image of Garuda in wood while in Kanchipuram and as the bird was made according to Shilpa Shastras, it came to life and flew Southwards. After arriving at the Parakkai village, Garuda, it is said, had a dip in the tank in front of the temple and exclaimed “kandaen kulam”, with joy. Immediately after, he hovered around the deity as though he was making a Pradikshina and began to fly away.
An artisan, who was renovating a pillar at the temple, saw the bird and hurled a chisel at it. The bird fell down crying `Madhusudhana’, much to the shock and disbelief of the man. As a result, its right wing suffered a wound. A stone image was later carved at the spot where he fell. The village came to be known as Pakshirajapuram as per this legend.
Parakkai is also known as Pakshirajapuram, Kezharmangalam and Paravaikasur.
It is also said Lord Vishnu came to be known as Madhusudhana after he slew the demons Madhu and Kaidapan.
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at about 3.5 Kms from Suchindram, 4 Kms from Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple, 9 Kms from Nagercoil, 15 Kms from Kanyakumari and 93 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Nearest Railway Station is located at Nagercoil and Nearest Airport is located at Thiruvananthapuram.