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Tiruneelakanta Yazhpananar (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: January 14, 2009, 11:26:30 AM »
We have got two Tiruneelakanta in Periya Puranam. One is the potter
whose history we saw first.  This one is a player of Yazh, a type of violin.
Tiruneelakanta hailed from Eerukatthan Puliyur.  Once when he was
playing yazh with melodious songs on Siva, torrential rains came and
he was about to be drowned along with his violin.  Suddenly a large golden plank appeared through Siva's grace and he stood on that plank and continued his Siva poems.  He soon came to Sirkazhi, the birth place of
Jnana Sambandhar and after seeing Sambandha, he decided to play his
yazh only for Sambandha's divine songs.  He toured with him to all places of worship.  On the wedding day of Sambandha in Tirunallur Perumanam, he played Sambandha's songs in yazh and attained liberation by merging into the Effulgence, along with many others in the company of Jnana
Sambandha and his wife!

(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.