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Tiru Jnana Sambandhar - 6 (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: January 15, 2009, 03:53:53 PM »
After knowing that the temple of Tirumaraikadu, had been closed by
Siva's will, the saint poets became very said.  Tiru Navukkarasar then told Sambandhar: "Now that you are born, it is the time of resurgence of Vedic Savism. Kindly sing a song to open the doors." Sambandhar then said: "You are elderly person.  Your chance first."  Then Tiruvavukkarasar sang a decad and the gates of the great Siva temple opened!  The two saints along with all others had a good darshan, after cleaning up the precincts.  Then Tirunavukkarasar requested Sambandhar to sing a decad so that the doors will open and close everyday.  Sambandhar then sang a song, and as soon as the first song was sung, the doors got closed!
Sambandhar completed the decad and then told Tirunavukkarasar:
"Siva likes your song and that is why He waited upto the completion of the decad.   Whereas, He does not like my song that much and so the doors got closed at the end of the first verse." Tirunavukkarasar then said: "It is not so my son.  Siva wanted one good verse out of the ten and so he waited till the end of the decad.  In your case, the first song itself is so good and so Siva obliged!"  The two saints rejoiced the occasion.

At night, Siva appeared in the dream of Tirunavukkarasar and said:
"Please come to Tiruvoymoor!" Tirunavukkarasar immediately started. In the morning, not seeing Tirunavukkarasar in the Math, Sambandhar followed him and then proceeded to Tiruvoymoor and both the saints visited the temple there.

Around this time, the Pandyan King, Nedumaran was patronizing Jainism and was ignoring the Siva temples in and around Madurai.  The queen Mangayarkarasi and the minister Kulachiraiyar felt sad about it and it would be better if we call Sambandhar, so that the saint poet will do all that is needed to revive Vedic Saivism.  They sent words through messengers.  The messengers came to Sambandhar and requested him to come to Madurai.  When Sambandhar agreed, Tirunavukkarasar said: "O my son, the planets are not propitiatory.  Please avoid going there now to Madurai."   Sambandhar replied: "No, all these planetary movements would do no harm to Siva devotees. They wil, intsead pay obeisance to them."  He then sang the famous Kolaru Padigam, the Decad on vanquishing the planets.  Sambandhar told Tirunavukkarasar to stay back and proceeded to Madurai.

After he reached Madurai, he first went to Somasundara's temple and prayed to Siva and his consort Meenakshi.  He then stayed in a Math and the messengers took the news to the queen.  The Jains wanted to kill
Sambandha and told about the news to the Pandyan King.  They also suggested that they could set fire to the Math, where Sambandha is sleeping and unfortunately, the Pandyan Ruler ageed to this idea!

The queen on knowing the news felt very sad and prayed to Siva to save the child saint.  Sambandha was sleeping and he suddenly woke up with the noise of blazing fire inside the Math.  He knew the tricks of the Jains
and also the king.  He sang a song: "O Somasudara, let this fire slowly
enter the erring Pandyan King.  The fire in the Math got doused and at the same moment, Pandyan King started feeling an unbearable pain in his stomach and high delirious fever.

The queen came to know the safety of Sambandhar but was helpless about her husband's sudden illness.  What could she do except to pray to Siva and his son, Sambandha, the avatara of Skanda?  She prayed to them for relief. 

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

Arunachala Siva.