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Sekkizhar, after covering devotees and yogis of Siva, now describes
those priests who are adoring Siva in temples, everyday.

The priests of Siva temples, who touch Sivalinga and do pooja everyday
in temples are called Sivacharyas.  These are a class of Brahmins,
called Amartya Brahmins.  Saint Manikkavachagar and Saint Sundaramurthy belong to this class.  These priests also work as
ministers to the king.  Saint Manikkavachagar was a minister in
Pandya Kingdom.

These brahmins take bath in the early morning, and after completing
their daily routines like Gayatri mantra, they go to the temple.  They
perform abhisheka to Sivalinga, dress the linga with nice new clothes/
washed clothes, place flowers and show lamps chanting Panchaksara
or 108 holy names.  They offer the food to Siva linga and then return
to their homes to take a part of the food offered to Siva.  They perform
this pooja in the temples, three or six times in a day.  They attain
liberation, through such pious daily rituals.

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

Arunachala Siva.