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Kotpuli Nayanar (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: January 06, 2009, 09:48:21 AM »
Kotpuli Nayanar was a chieftain in Chozha Kingdom.  As his name
implied, he was a veritable tiger, (puli), for his foes.  He was an
ardent Siva devotee and he used all presents given by the king,
after war and also his own personal wealth for purchasing grain
and stored in big silos for feeding Siva devotees.  Several Siva
devotees took food in his house everyday.  Once there was a war
and the king called him to lead an army.  He left the grain stocks
with his assistants saying that each grain should be used only for
Siva devottes who called upon the house for food.

After the war, he returned.  To his utter dismay, he came to know
that during his absence, the food stocks were consumed only by
the assistants and his family, without using for poor feeding.  He
called the assistants and their families to his courtyard, closed the
doors and cut everyone into pieces!  One of the faithful ministers
was observing all this.  There was a small baby left. The minister
said that the baby had not eaten the grains and so it could be spared.
Kotpuli said:  No.  But the baby had taken the breast milk of mother,
who had eaten the grains intended for Siva devotees.  Saying so,
he raised the baby to cut it down.

The voice came from heavens.  " No. Kotpuli.  Please stop.  By cutting
asunder everyone who had committed sins, you have given them
justice.  By snapping the karmic bonds, they are all coming to me.
You too come to my Abode!"  Kotpuli Nayanar merged in Siva
effulgence immediately.

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

Arunachala Siva.