1. Sage Atri and
his wife Anasuya were living at Gnanaranya. Once Atri was
away on pilgrimage. At that time there was very great
draught. Anasuya, at the request of the rishis, wrought rain
by sprinkling the 'padatheertha' of her husband.
2. Narada to humble down the pride of the three Goddesses,
provoked their jealousy by narrating the incidents at
Gnanaranya and extolling Anasuya and her matchless devotion
to her husband.
3. In obedience to the dictates of their wives, Brahma, Siva
and Vishnu visited Gnanaranya to test Anasuyas chastity.
4. The three Gods in the disguise of old Brahmins reached
Atri?s ashram and begged alms and when Anasuya began to
serve them food, they told her that they won?t partake the
food unless it is served in her nudity.
5. Perplexed at the request of the three Brahmins, Anasuya
thought of her husband and sprinkled his padatheertha and
transformed the old Brahmins into three babies. After
feeding them as they desired, she nursed and rocked them to
6. Hearing from Narada that there were babies in his ashram,
Atri rushed to Gnanaranya. In all humility, Anasuya narrated
the whole incident.
7. Baffled by the long absence of their Lords, the three
Goddesses as per the advice of Narada, visited Gnanaranya
and begged Mangalya Biksha from Anasuya.
8. Anasuya pointed them the cradles, but in the excitement,
each one chose the wrong bady and they had not the power to
find out their own husbands.
9. The three Goddesses, as per the advice of Anasuya went to
Pragna Theertham and performed severe penance.
10. After the completion of the penance, the three Goddesses
returned to Gnanaranya. The three babies appeared as Siva,
Vishnu and Brahma and stood beside their Devies and gave
darsan to Atri and Anasuya. Thus at Gnanaranya (the present
Suchindrum) the Tirumurthis are worshipped by the devotees.
11. Indra, in order to purify himself from the curse of
Gautama when he spoiled Gautama's wife Ahalya, came to
Gnanaranya where the Thirumurthis are in one from as
12. Indra performed puja to Sthanumalaya and got rid of the
curse. As Indra was purified here, Gnanaranya is also came
to be known as Suchindrum. Even today it is believed that
Indra performs puja in this Temple every night.