From Mayavaram it is 40 kms to Nagapattinam .
This temple is one among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Lord Vishnu and one among Cholanadu divyadeshams . Lord Vishnu is worshiped as Soundararaja Perumal and his consort Lakshmi as Soundaravalli .
Lord Soundararaja Perumal is believed to have appeared for sage Markandeya , Dhuruva , Saleesan and the Hindu god Bhoomadevi .
The present day Nagapattinam is believed to have been a forest , historically named Sundararinyam .
It is believed that two eunuchs , Kandan and Sukandan , attained physical fitness after having a holy dip in Sara Pushkarani , the temple tank . Lord Brahma , started worshiping Vishnu at this place . Lord Vishnu is believed to have appeared on the auspicious day of Masi Maham on the banks of Sarapushkarani . On account of the glow emanating from Masi Maham, Vishnu at this place was called “Azhagiyan”. Since he had a glittering skin , he was called “Soundara Rajan”, meaning the most beautiful and his consort was called Soundaravalli . Since the king of Nagars (snakes) , Adhiseshan worshipped Lord Vishnu at this place , the place was called Nagar Pattinam , the place of Nagars .
As we stayed in Mayavaram , we started early and saw Vishwaroopa dharshan in this temple .
Thirumangai Alwar has sung imagining himself as a lady and Lord Soundaraja Perumsl as his lover .