I found some interesting stories of sourirajan perumal on the web.Ranga bhattar:
Once upon a time,an Archagar named Ranga bhattar was worshiping Neelamega perumal.Though he was a devotee of the lord,he used to sell the flowers sent by the king to the God.King knew it and became angry.One day the king made a surprise visit.knowing this,Ranga bhattar arranged an used garland.But,there was a hair in it.King found it.Archagar became afraid and prąyed the lord.He told that the hair was the God's himself.Neelamega perumal was graceful towards Ranga bhattar and showed his plait to the king.From that day onwards, the name saurirajan (one who has plait) came to the perumal.Munnayatharayar:
Munnayatharayar is a great devotee of souri rajan.Daily he used to offer Pongal (Naivedyam) to the souri rajan at the night.One day he was late and temple gates were closed before his offering.He became depressed and prąyed a lot.He offered pongal from the outside itself.Lord souri rajan was pleased by his devotion and showed acceptance by the ringing bells and a smell of pongal all over the temple campus.From that night onwards, last Naivedyam to the lord is offered by the name of Munnayatharayar.It is called as Munitharam.
I have few doubts:
I found a list of Pasurams regarding souri rajan.What is a Pasuram ?
Periyalwar - 1 Paasuram
Aandal - 1 Paasuram
Kulasekaralwar - 11 Paasurams
Nammalwar - 11 Paasurams
Thirumangaialwar - 104 Paasurams.
Total - 128
Why is it called as Ashtaksha manthra kshetram ?
In the list of Ashtakshara kshetras
there is no reference to Thirukkannapuram.Is it just a saying as Tirumangai alwar got Ashtakshara manthropadesam directly from the perumal here.Please tell me.