Located about 8kms West of Kumbakonam is the historical several centuries old temple of the handsome Soundara Raja Perumal in Sundara Perumal Koil near Papanasam.
Cursed by a rishi, Indra was struck with an illness. To relieve himself from the curse, he came here and undertook penance under the Vanni Tree in Sundara Perumal Koil. He was to donate pumpkins to Brahmins but when he could not find a Brahmin, it is believed that Lord Vishnu disguised himself as a Brahmin and appeared here before Indra.
Later, Lord Vishnu provided darshan to Indra as Soundara Raja Perumal and relieved him of his curse. In a thanking gesture, Indra installed the idol of Soundara Rajan and built this temple.
According to the puranas, Sundara Raja Perumal is said to be the Abhimana Lord for Pulla Bhoothang Kudi Rama, Lord of Azhagar Koil and Oppiliappan.
There is a separate sannidhi at this temple for 18 step Karuppiah(similar to Azhagar Koil) who acts as the security for this temple.
There are also separate sannidhis for Vishwaksena, Yoga Narasimha, Kannan, Anjaneya, Azhvaars and Garuda.
Puratasi Navarathri is the only big festival at this temple. On Vijayadasami, Sundara Raja Perumal goes out on his only street procession of the year.
Moolavar : Soundara Rajan East Facing Standing Posture
Goddess : Soundara Valli-Separate Sannidhi
Utsavar : Sundara Rajan
Time : 630am-12noon and 4pm-830pm
Priest : Sundara Raja Bhattar @ 94446 56944
How to reach Sundara Perumal Koil
Buses between Kumbakonam and Thanjavur stop near the railway level crossing at Sundara Perumal Koil ( about 2kms West of Swami Malai and 5kms East of Papanasam). The temple is about 1/2km from the bus stop. Car from Kumbakonam will cost about Rs.200-250/-