Very few people know the story behind this temple, even though it is clearly documented in The Ramayana.
During the exile period of Sri Ramachandra, Sri Lakshmana and Sita Devi, it
so happened that they had to stay in a place inside the forest called Perallasseri.
During this stay, it so happened that Hanuman also had the blessing to stay with
this divine group in this place for sometime. The tribal people who were in this
forest, upon knowing the divine power of this group started to provide all the
help needed for them. They began to pray to this group for their blessings. Seeing
this Hanuman wanted to create a temple in this location for the people to pray
to Sri Ramachandra and Sita Devi for blessings and removing this pain. On
hearing Hanuman’s request, Sri Rama told Hanuman that they are in exile and of
the Human form and hence creating an idol of them is not correct according to
Sri Rama suggested an alternative, saying that if Hanuman could find an equivalent
vigraham (idol), Sri Rama would do the prathishta in the same location. Hanuman
thought about this for some time and found that the only idol that will be equivalent
to Sri Rama and Sita Devi together will be the Valli Parinaya Subramaniyan.
Through his njana drishti (6th sense), Hanuman found that he could find this
vigraham from Sarayu River in Northern part of Bharatha (India).
Sri Hanuman told Sri Rama about his idea for which, Sri Rama immediately agreed
with a pleasant smile telling the right moment for the ceremony. After saying adieu
to all, Sri Hanuman immediately started to get the vigraham from Sarayu River
before the fixed time. However, since Hanuman was unaware of his unlimited
strength and power, he took more time to find the vigraham.
As the decided time approached, Sri Rama, not seeing Hanuman, decided to do the
prathishta with his Peruvala (large bangle). That is why this place came to be
known as Peruvalasseri and later Perallasseri. Immediately after the prathishta
ceremony was over, Hanuman returned with the idol and seeing the ceremony got
over, he became very sad. Seeing the tears and parama bhakhi of Hanuman,
Sri Rama asked him to install the vigraham one foot West of the current prathishta.
Moreover Sri Rama told everyone that to get his blessings, anyone who prays at
Perallasseri needs to pray at Makreri too else the prayers go unanswered.
Hearing this Hanuman became very happy and immediately installed the idol
one foot West. However for doing the prathishta ceremony as well as for the pujas,
he couldn’t find punya theertham (holy water) and hence he used his powerful
tail to smash on the ground to create a chira (a small pond containing punya
Since the main thanthri is Hanuman who himself is a punya athma, the prathishta
got uncontrollable power. In order to control this power as well as to give daily
darshan to parama bhakta hanuman, Sri Rama took His original form of Maha
Vishnu sand installed himself on the three sides of the temple.