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Eyarkon Kalikkama Nayanar (One of 63 Siva Saints)
« on: December 12, 2008, 10:18:25 AM »
Kalikkamar was the local chieftain of a town called Eyarko, in Chozha
Kingdom.  He was himself a great devotee of Siva and was joyously
serving the Siva devotees who came to his house.  He served them
rich food everyday, supplied holy ashes, and clothes.  He was also
sending rice supplies to Siva temples like Tiruppungoor.  He had great
respect for Sundaramoothy in Tiruvarur, but did not like his idea of
sending Siva as a messanger to his wife, when the latter was angry
with him.  However, one another devotee by name Kundiyur Kizhar, was sending rice supplies to Tiruvarur also, to enable Sundaramoorthy to serve Lord's devotees.

Once the monsoon failed and there was no harvest of paddy. Kalikkamar
became very sad that he could not feed the devotees of Siva.  At that
time, he came to know that Kundiyur Kizhar who had also the same fate
of failed monsoon, prayed to Siva and got large supplies of paddy by the
mircales with Siva's grace!  Siva had also made arrangements through
Sivaganas, his retinue to transport the paddy to Tiruvarur.

In a few months' time, Kalikkamar came to know that Sundaramoorthy
was visiting his town.  He did not want to meet Sundaramoorthy, because
the latter had used Siva as an errand boy between him and his wife.  Siva
wanted to make Kalikkamar to know the greatness of Sundaramoorthy.
He afflicted him with a severe colic pain.  Lord told Kalikkamar that he
would be cured by Sundaramoorthy, if he could agree to see him!
The adamant devotee, Kalikkamar, did not want this.  He pierced his
sword into his stomach to kill himself.  He lied down with bleeding. On
seeing this, Kalikkamar's wife rushed to Sundaramoorthy, who was on
his way to the town.  Sundaramoorthy readily agreed to see Kalikkamar,
himself, and quickly came to Kalikkamar's house and saw him in a pool
of blood, slowly dying.  Sundaramoorthy on seeing Kalikkamar's condition
and after knowing that it was because of him, that Kalikkamar was trying
to kill himself, swiftly took out the dagger on the floor and was about to
kill himself, as a retribution.  Siva appeared there and pacified both and
cured Kalikkamar immediately.  The two became friends and hugged each
other.  Sundaramoorthy spent some more days, in the company of Kalikkamar.  Both went to Tiruvarur together and prayed to Siva, Vanmika Natha there at Tiruvarur. 

Kalikkamar continued to serve the Lord, with his rich paddy harvests
and at his ripe age, he merged in Siva Effulgence!

(Source:  Periya Puranam, Sekkizhar. Tamil Verses. Book XII of Siva
Canons.  Translation and Prose rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.