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Cheraman Perumal Nayanar (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: December 17, 2008, 10:58:14 AM »
Cheraman Perumal, was the Chera King ruling the Chera Kingdom,
the present Kerala, from the town Tiruvanjaikalam.  He was a great
Siva devotee.  He was always praying to Siva, the Dancing Lord of
the Golden Court of Chidambaram.  He used to always hear the jingling
sounds from Lord's anklets everyday.  One day, he could not hear that
sound, while meditating.  He was perpelxed and the Lord told him that
He was hearing the songs of Sundaramoorthy and so he did not grant
him the sounds of His anklets. Cheraman from that moment developed
an intense desire to see Sundaramoorthy.  He immediately proceeded to
Chidambaram, where the Saint was staying.  Soon they became friends
and they together travelled to various towns in Chozha and Pandya Kingdoms to pray to Siva in temples.  They visited Chidambaram, Madurai, Tiruvaiyaru, Vedaranyam and Tiruchuzhi, Bhagavan Ramana's birthplace! Sundaramoorthy also went with him, to Chera Kingdom and in Tiruvinjaikalam, they spent together a number of days.  Cheraman then
bade good bye to Sundaramoorthy, giving with him, a lot of gold and other
wealth. 

Soon, the call came from Siva to Sundaramoorthy, to return to Kailash.
A white elephant was sent for him, specially for the purpose of his
journey.  Cheraman came to know that Sundaramoorthy was leaving
skywards towards Kailash.  He felt very sad that his friend was leaving
him, without even telling him.  He immediately went to his royal horse,
chanted Panchakshara into its ears and sat on the horse.  The horse
then flew skywards and reached Kailash, even before Sundarmoorthy
had arrived.  He waited at the entrace and sang the famous Tiru
Kailya Jnana Ula, a famous song.  Sundramoorthy arrived and Sivaganas
were specially sent to the entrance to receive Sundaramoorthy and
Cheraman Perumal!

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

Arunachala Siva.