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Appoothi Adigal (One of 63 Siva Saints)
« on: November 29, 2008, 10:20:53 AM »
Appoothi Adigal, the One who is the dust of the feet of devotees,
was born as a Brahmin, in a village called Tiru Pazhanam* near
Thanjavur.  He was going to Siva temple everyday, and he was
chanting Panchakshara.  He was a rich land owner and he was
running, food choultry, water distribution centre and cloth distribution
centre, etc., for the benefit of the Siva devotees.  All these centres
were named after Tiru Navukkarasar, the one among the Four Great
Saints of Siva.  He had a son.

Once Tiru Navukkarasar was visiting the village and the temple and
found to his suprise that all these free centres were named after him!
He went to Appoothi Adigal's house and enquired.  Adigal said that
he was not even equal to the dust of Siva devotees and so he has
named these free distribution centres after the great Tiru Navukkarasar!
When the latter said that he was Tiru Navukkarasar, Adigal became
full with excitement and joy and prostrated to him and asked him to
grace his house by taking food with him.  Tiru Navukkarasar agreed
and he went to his house.  After bath and applying holy ashes, Tiru
Navukkarasar sat for food and he asked Adigal to bring his son also
to take food with him.  Adigal said that he would not be able to come,
because, the boy had a snake bite, when he had gone to the backyard
to pluck plantain leaf and he was dead!  Adigal and his wife said this
without any grief and requested Tiru Navukkarasar to take food, since
the food has been prepared, after their bath and purification.  Tiru
Navukkarasar said: Alright!  Let me see the boy's body.  He went to
the backyward and saw the blue body of the boy.  He sang 10
verses on Siva, starting with one, two, three..... etc., and when he
came to the 10th verse, the boy woke up as if from sleep.  Tiru
Navukkarasar sat and enjoyed the food served to him, and in the
company of the boy!

(* Tiru Pazhanam, means the village with fertile paddy fields. Incidentally, this is my native place, which is about 8 km from Thanjavur.  Siva
here is called Apat Sahayar, the one who helps in difficulties.  Siva
is wearing a garland of scorpions, in this village , reminding us of this

(Source:  Periya Puranam, The stories of 63 Siva Saints.  Sekkizhar.
Tamil Verses.  Translation and prose rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.       


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Re: Appoothi Adigal (One of 63 Siva Saints)
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2008, 01:31:38 PM »
Dear Subramanian,
                         Excellent story.I feel Bhagawan has the same capacity.Bhagawan used to have scorpions as ear rings.Because you are born in
Tiru Pazhanam you also have the quality of Apat Sahayar like siva in that town.That is my observation.