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Athipattha Nayanar (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: November 24, 2008, 12:33:13 PM »
Athipattha Nayanar, was living in the coastal town of Nagapattinam,
near Thanjavur, and he was a fisherman by birth.  He came to be
called Athi-patthar, the chief of the fishermen folk.  He was a great
Siva devotee, and will visit Siva temple, in the evening, after the
fishing work is over.  He always used to throw back the first catch of the
fish into the sea, as an offering to Siva. 

During a period, for many days, he could not get fish at all.  He felt
sad that he could not offer anything to Siva, not worrying about his
own misery and hunger without food.  Nevertheless, he had staunch
faith in Siva.  After this, he got only one fish from the sea.  He threw
it back into the sea and came back empty handed.  He did not lose
his faith in Siva.  After such long drought, next morning, he felt
the net is heavy and drew it swifly only to find a golden fish.  This
golden fish would have given a lot of money.  But this was the only
fish of that day, and that too, the first catch.  He remembered his vow,
and threw it back into the sea and returned home, without any attachment.

On his way, suddenly flowers fell from the sky.  Siva appeared in the
sky on his bull and said Athiapatha: "O my devotee, you have passed
the test.  Please come with me."  He took him to his Abode.

Arunachala Siva.