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Aanaya Nayanar (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: December 07, 2008, 11:36:58 AM »
Aanaya Nayanar was born in a family cattle-grazers and milkmen.
He was from a vilage called Mangalam, near Chidambaram.  He
used pray to Siva everyday, with holy ashes on his body after a bath.
He was initiated into chanting Panchakshara, by a worthy Guru.
He used to take his flute and go with the cattle to the nearby forests
and play Panchakshara with the flute, while gazing the cattle.  He
was fond of flute music of Panchakshara that he used to play the tune,
throughtout the day.  The cows and calves would take the grass and
stay in his presence, without even chewing the cud!  One evening,
his flute music reached a crescendo, and on hearing melodious Panchakshara thorugh flute, gandharvas and other celestials came
to Mangalam village and listened to his music from the sky in utter
silence!  Siva and Sivakami, on hearing the Panchakshara from the
Golden Court of Chidambaram also came in the sky.  After the music
is over, Siva called upon Aanaya Nayanar, and told him:  "These
gandharvas and celestials will not leave you after hearing such a music
of Panchakshara.  Please come my Golden Court.  Aanaya Nayanar
became thrilled and went to Chidambaram and continued his Panchakshara
chanting through flute.  At the end of the session, when gandharvas were
about to garland him, with flowers of Karpaga tree, he merged into the
Effulgence of Siva!

This story speaks about Upasana through Nada.  Siva being a matchless
Veena player Himself, and Sivakami, being the woman, whose words
made Sarasvati to stop playing her Kacchabi Veena (See Sri Soundarya
Lahari), no doubt took Aanaya Nayanar to their Abode.

(Source: Periya Puranam, Verses, Sekkizhar. Book XII of Siva Canons.
Saiva Siddhanta Book Publishing House, Chennai. Translation and Prose
rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.