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Of all the temples in India, that of Lord Rahganatha, situated on an island in the Kaveri River, is certainly the largest. The story of how this temple came to be built is very interesting.About three hundred years before the birth of  Ramanujacarya, which was in AD 1017, there lived in south India a devotee named Tirumahgai. His heart was always filled with devotion for Lord Visnu, and in this mood of pure love he would compose beautiful poetic prayers.

From the time of his youth he was in the habit of travelling throughout the country to visit the variŽous holy places of pilgrimage. In the course of his travels four great mystics had become attracted by his exalted nature and had  become his disciples. Each of these disciples had a particular ability that set him apart from ordinary men.The first disciple was named Tola Vazhakkan, and he was famous for his ability to vanquish any opponent in a debate. The  second disciple was named Taluduvan, and he had the ability to open any lock without the need of a key. The third and fourth disciples both possessed most unusual tal ents. The third, Nizhalai Mithippan, could force any man to  remain still simply by stepping on his shadow, while the fourth, Nirmal Nadappan, had developed the laghimd siddhi, which enabled him to walk on water.