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Aiyadigal Kadavar Kone Nayanar (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: December 27, 2008, 09:55:35 AM »
Aiyadigal was a ruler of Pallava Dynasty and was ruling from Kanchipuram.
He was a great devotee of Siva.  He was also noted for his courage and
bravery and saw to it that no harm was being inflicted to Siva devotees
and Siva temples in his country.  He was learned in Sanskrit and Tamil
and was singing many songs on Siva.    Saivism flourished in his kingdom.

Soon, he felt that the rulership of the kingdom was a hindrance to his
progress in reaching Siva's feet.  He crowned his son and then left
for piligrimage to various Siva temples.  In each temple, he was singing
a song in Venba metre.  After visiting various Siva temples, where he
did service and also sang Tamil verses, he reached Thillai, Chidambaram.
He melted with the sight of the Dancing Lord, Nataraja of Chidambaram
and sang rapturous songs.  He continued to stay there in cognito for
long years and merged with Siva in the dancing court, at the end.

(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.