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Up on the river bank after the bath, the king had a wonderful divine experience that no one could ever think of. On the tall well- grown fig tree (athi maram) the ruler saw Sri Vishnu (Narayanan) in Visvaroopam (in giant size, each hand with conch, divine disc, mace and the fourth showing abhya mudra). It was a rare, divine and soul-stirring sight. His happiness knew no bounds and was much thrilled. Soon, the king was cured of the chronic skin disease. The king surrendered to the lord and relinquished his royal duty and began to engage in penance. Over a period of time, he became a sage called Pippalar. Since sage Pippalar had a permanent relief from sins - Kodi Hathi Dosham, this place is also called Kodi Hathi Papa vimochana puram.
The belief is sin committed by us knowingly or unknowingly will be removed for good if a person repents it and remains reformed till his end. Merciful god will parden him provided he does not commit sins again.
The Maratha ruler Raja Serfoji (24 September 1777 -7 March 1832) also spelt as Sarabhoji II Bhonsle, was the last ruler of the Bhonsle dynasty of the Maratha principality of Tanjore) visited this temple on the advice of sage pippalar and prayed to the lord to get rid of his blemish /sin he committed during wars. He bathed in the Cauvery for 48 days and then prayed to the lord. It is said the lord gave him darshan and later the ruler had a tall wooden idol carved out of a single fig tree - athi tree and installed it as moolavar as per Agama sastras. Lord's consort Bhumi Devi is on the left side and other consort Mahalakshmi is on the chest of the idol. Since the idol is a wooden one, no anointing / abishekham is done to the deity, only ''kappu (herbal mix) sathuthal'' is done by the temple priests. The sanctum / garbhagriha is umbrella shaped.
Raja Serfoji made additions - he built the prathakshana paths prakarams around the sanctum. Presently, there is one prakaram in this temple. The temple tank is called ''Pippalar Thertham'' where, the sage was cured of his skin disease. There is a stone image of Pippalar in the temple of ''Marga Sahayeswarar. This 800 year old temple is yet another rare Vishnu temple in India with 15 feet tall Moolavar made of Athi wood.
Ref: Kozhi Kuthu Van Mutti Perumal, Dinamalar: Bakthi weekly Magazine dated 18 july 2019.