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Kanampulla Nayanar (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: December 28, 2008, 10:48:40 AM »
Kanampulla was an agriculturist, and was living in a town called
Irukkuveloor.  Today, this town is called Vaitheeswaran Kovil, near
Chidambaram.  There is a tributaory of Kaveri called Vellar flowing
in this region.  Kanampulla was a great Siva devotee and he used
to spend his earnings to light lamps in the Siva temple. Soon his earnings
from agriculture dwindled and he became poor.  In order to continue
the service to the Lord in the temple, he took up cutting grass and
selling them and earning some amounts.  Due to summer heat and
famine, the grass also could not be procured in adequate quantities.
There were no buyers also due to drought conditions. 

One day he had no money at all to buy oil and light lamps.  He used
the dry grass itself to light lamps in the shrine!  When this was also
not possible, he tried to use his tresses to burn the lamp!  Sekkizhar
says that he burnt his tresses to symbolize burning of his ego and
other dirts!

After the tresses were burnt, his head also caught fire and it was
burning him.  The Lord of Chidambaram, appeared before him and
took him to His Abode!

(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.