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Tiru Jnana Sambandhar - 4 (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: January 15, 2009, 01:03:28 PM »
In Tiruvanaikka, Sambandhar prayed to Jambukeswara, and in his songs
he praised the Kochengat Chozhan, the king with blood shot eyes, who had constructed the temple.  He then went to Mahendra patnam, Tiruvarur, Tirupathurai, Erumbiyur, Nadungalam, Tirukattupalli, Poonthurai, Tirukandiyur, Tiruchotruthurai, and Tiruchakkara. (Since
Sundaramoorthy came after Jnana Sambandhar, there is no mention about him in Tiruvarur songs).  Sambandhar then went to Tirunallur,
Tiruk karukavur,  and reached Aval Ival Nallur.  Here, a rich merchant had gone off to a far away place for business and during his absence, his wife was disfigured due to attack of small pox.  When the merchant returned, he refused to take her back as wife, and intended to marry his wife's younger sister. Sambandhar upon the request of the poor lady sang a song and the husband came to know the truth and accepted her.  The lady was also cured of her marks on the body.  Sambandhar then went to Tiruvalanchuzhi on the banks of Kaveri.  Soon the summer had set in and the saint and his retinue could not bear the hot summer.  When the party reached Tirupattichuram, Siva made his siva ganas, to hold a pearl shamiana upon the group's heads, in order to bear the heat!  The party became relieved and visited Tirunallur, Then Thiruputtur, Kudamookku, (today's Kumbakonam), Tirunagesvaram and reached Tiru Avaduthurai.  In Tiru Avaduthurai, Sambandhar's father felt that he needed some money to perform sacrificial rites at Seerkazhi. Sambandhar knew his father's need and sang a decad at Tiru Avaduthurai.  Soon the sivabhutas came and left a large bag full of gold coins!  Sambandhar gave that to his father and bid him goodbye to get back to Seerkazhi for performing sacrifical rites!

Sambandhar, Yazhpanar and others then left for Tirunallaru, the famous place in Pondicherry territory for Saturn's temple.  Before that, Yazhpanar requested Sambandhar to sing a song, which cannot be played in yazh, violin. Sambandhar then agreed and sang the famous decad of
Yazhmuri, the song that would break the strings of violin. Yazhpanar could not play it in his violin.  Sambandhar then reached Tiru Chathamangai, where the saint Neelakkar received him with great devotion. Sambandhar and others stayed with Neelanakkar for sometime. They then reached Tiruchengatkankudi, where the famous saint Siruthondar, (who gave the cooked flesh of his son to Siva) invited them to stay with him.  They stayed for sometime with Siruthondar and then proceeded to Tirumarugal.

(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.