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Kari Nayanar (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: December 29, 2008, 11:03:35 AM »
Kari Nayanar was a Brahmin from a place called Tirukkadavoor, a coastal
village, where there is the famous temple of Abhirami-Amrutha Katesvarar.   He was a great Siva devotee who was visiting the Siva
temple everyday.  Because of his Sanskrit learning, he took up the
work of giving the Vedic truths in a Tamil work called Kari.  He
explained the Vedic Truths and the greatness of Siva in that Tamil
composition, in a simple way.   This was presented to the King who
appreciated the work very much and soon Tamil devotees who were
not well versed in Sanskrit, started reading the book and understood
the Truth. A lot of presents and gifts came from the kings, rich landlords
and others to him for the work.  He spent all those wealth for temple.
At a ripe age, he attained salvation.

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

Arunachala Siva.