(Last Updated on : 31-08-2012)
Sri Venkatesa Perumal temple is a traditional temple at the heart of the small village of Tirumukkudal in South India. A number of legendary stories are found to have associated with the temple. The legendary stories not only provide information about the history of the Temple rather it also added a dignified magnificence to the temple. As the legendary stories depict, the ruler of this area, was known as Tondaiman Chakravarti, who used to be a very great devotee of Venkatesa Perumal, Lord of Tirumala. On account of this, he planned to offer his veneration to the Lord by submitting himself at His feet and go away to live in Tirumala to live in the close association with Lord. Hence he gave up the responsibility of administering the kingdom to his son. But the Lord advised him and warned not to come at that time as there would soon be an invasion of his kingdom. Once the enemy was driven back and the kingdom protected, he could come to Tirumala. Tondaiman, according to his Lord's wish completely surrendered to Him and stayed back.
Within a due course the Lord sent His Sankha and Chakra (conch and discus respectively) to protect Tondaiman kingdom and thus the country was saved from invasion. The Sankha and Chakra are preserved in the temple till date. These Sankha and chakra, according to the legends are venerated to be the Lord's possession. Later as the legends depict, Tondaiman Chakravarti subsequently left the entire responsibility of his Sankha and Chakra, in Tirumukkudal kingdom to his son and proceeded to Tirumala. Later, Perumal told him to go back to Tirumukkudal where He promised to give him liberation (Moksha). The virtuous king Tondaiman Chakravarti attained solace or Moksha in his own paternal kingdom of Tirumukkudal. Following this traditional episode the temple dedicated to Sri Venkatesa Perumal was constructed. The temple is venerated by the devotes mostly due to this legendary story associated with it.