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Kulachirayar Nayanar (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: December 11, 2008, 10:07:06 AM »
Kularchirayar was the minister in Pandya Kingdom, when Nedumaran,
the king was ruling.  He was a great Siva devotee. He always used
to prostrate before Siva devotees, despite he being a minister.   He used
to invite many Siva devotees and fed them in his house, before taking
food.  He was sorry for the plight of his King, who had embraced Jainism
and was patrnonizing the Jains, without caring for Siva devotees and
Lord Somasundara in Madurai temple.  Fortunately, the queen Mangaiyarkarasi was with him in bringing the king to Siva devotion.
When Nedumran was suffering from high fever and irrepressible stomach
pain and when all the mantras and medicines of Jains could not cure him,
it was Kulachirayar who brought Jnana Sambandha to Madurai and treat the king with his vibhuti and songs on Siva.  The queen was ever grateful
to him.  He thanked Jnana Sambandha and continued his Siva worship
everyday.  Because of his Siva devotion and having been instrumental in
bringing Jnana Sambandha to Madurai, Siva was pleased with him
and he merged in Siva Effulgence, at the ripe age!

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

Arunachala Siva.