UPPALIAPPAN TEMPLE NEAR KUMBAKONAM.

OPPALIAPPAN TEMPLE. OPPALIAPPAN.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               OPPALIAPPAN.Temple_Elephant. Oppiliappan-Perumal-Temple                                                                                                                                                                                                                         THE OPPALIAPPAN TEMPLE IS A NARAYANA TEMPLE.

LOCATED NEAR THE VILLAGE OF THIRUNAGESHWAR

IN THANJAVUR DISTRICT OF TAMILNADU.THE

PRESIDING DEITY IN THIS TEMPLE IS LORD OPPALIAPPAN

PERUMAL [UPPU MEANS SALT],WITH HIS CONSORT SRI

MAHALAKSHMI AND HER FATHER SAGE MARKANDEYA .

THE TEMPLE IS REGARDED AS  ONE OF THE 108 DIVYA

DESAMS.THE TEMPLE IS LOCATED ABOUT 7 KM FROM

KUMBAKONAM. STHALA PURANAM: MARKHANDEYA

RISHI WORSHIPED  THE LORD VISHNU AND DESIRED 

FOR THE BOON THAT LAKSHMI SHOULD APPEAR AS HIS

DAUGHTER  AND THE  LORD HIMSELF SHOULD BECOME

HIS SON- IN-LAW.AFTER SEVERE PENANCE ,LAKSHMI

APPEARED AS A BABY ,MARKHANDEYA FELT THE

PRESENCE OF LAKSHMI AS THE INCARNATION IN THE

FORM OF A  BABY AND REALIZED THAT A PART OF HIS

DESIRE HAD BEEN FULFILLED.HE TOOK POSSESSION

  OF THE BABY AND RAISED HER. WHEN THE YOUNG

GIRL REACHED ADOLESCENT AGE,THE LORDAPPEARED

AS A OLD MAN AND ASKED FOR THE HAND OF

MARKHANDEYA’S DAUGHTER IN MARRIAGE .

MARKHANDEYA REPLIED THAT ,”YOU ARE VERY RIPE AND

OLD,MY DAUGHTER IS TOO YOUNG AND SHE DOES NOT EVEN

KNOW HOW TO COOK WITH PROPER SALT CONTENTS.YOU MAY

GET ANGRY AND CURSE HER IF SHE DOES NOT COOK PROPERLY

.YOU MUST FORGIVE ME AND BLESS ME  BUT THIS WILL NOT

WORK OUT.TO WHICH THE  OLD MAN REPLIED THAT,”IF YOUR

DAUGHTER COOK WITHOUT SALT ,THEN I WILL BE STILL TAKE

IT AS MY BEST FOOD ,BUT I WILL NOT LEAVE FROM HERE

WITHOUT MARRYING HER”.WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT TO DO

MARKHANDEYA SOUGHT THE HELP OF LORD VISHNU.IT WAS

THEN THAT HE REALIZED ,THAT THE OLD MAN WAS NONE

OTHER THAN LORD VISHNU HIMSELF. MARKHANDEYA ASKED

FOR FORGIVENESS AND OFFERED HIS DAUGHTER’S HAND IN

MARRIAGE TO THE LORD.SINCE THE LORD HAD SAID ,”I WILL

ACCEPT THE FOOD THAT IS NOT SALTED  AS MY BEST AND AND

MOST DESIRED FOOD .THIS TEMPLE ”PRASADAM”,IS ALWAYS

DONE WITHOUT SALT IN ANY FOOD.NO ONE SHOULD EVER

TAKE ANYTHING THAT CONTAINS SALT IN TO THIS TEMPLE

,AND PURANAS INDICATE THAT SUCH PERSONS WHO

KNOWINGLY DO SO ARE BELIEVED TO SUFFER IN HELL.

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