The Temples of Tiruchanur – Suka

This image is placed to the left of the entrance of the Antarala l and is a representation of the famous sage, Suka. He has a beard and keeps the right hand with akshamala on the right side of his ; chest and the left hand hanging. His hair is in jatas. It is appropriate that an image of Suka should be found in this temple for, the village itself was known after him as Tiruchchukanur or Sukagrama. Parasara, another sage after whom the main deity is named, was the grandfather of Suka. Further, the village is also known as Tiruchchogunur which seems to be the equivalent of Jogunur, jogi being retained in the modem name of Jogi-Mallavaram. Suka was a greatYogi.

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