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Tiru Jnana Sambandha - 8 (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: January 16, 2009, 11:02:16 AM »
After the Jain priests threw up a challenge, tests were arranged to prove the true faith.  The first was Anal Vadam, the test by fire.
A huge fire was lit. Sambandhar was asked first to put a palymra leaf that contained the truth of their faith.  Sambandhar then picked
out the palymra leaf containing his songs to the Siva of Nallar town.
The leaf thrown into the fire, glowed like a gold ornament, without getting burnt!  The specatators including the king and the Jain priests were astonished.  Then the Jains put a palmyra leaf containing Arhat's name.  The leaf got burnt and only the ash was seen in the fire.

They then went to the banks of Vaigai river.  The river was brimming full water.  The Jains placed a palmyra leaf containing the dictum,
Asti Nasti, may be, may not be.  The leaf got drowned and went inside a whirlpool.  Then Sambandhar placed a palmyra leaf containing the song: Vazhaga Andhanar, Vazhga Aninam.... meaning that with grace of Siva, let the brahmins who chant Vedas, the cattles etc., live long!  The leaf floated on the Vaigai river and reached the shore at a place called Tiru Vedagam, the Place of Palymyra leaf.  Sambandhar reqested the king to build a temple there.  The name was got to the town after the miracle.  All the inmates of Madurai became very happy at the conquest by Sambandhar over Jains.

The King then turned to the minister and said: See these Jain priests have lost their case. Further, they have also attempted to kill Sambandhar. They have also misdirected me all these years. So arrange to execute them in gallows!

With the downfall of Jain cult, Vedic Saivism flourished in Pandy Kingdom.  Nedumaran ordered renovation of all Siva temples in the kingdom and also bequeathed great wealth for temple maintenance.
After spending sometime with the king, Sambandhar wanted to proceed to other places. Sivapada Hruduyar, being anxious about not knowing his son's safety arrived in Madurai, meantime. Sambandhar assured him that Siva would take care of everything and he should not worry at all.  After spending somedays with his father, Sambandhar set out for other visits. He visited Tiruparangundram,
Kuttalam, Nelveli, (today's Tirunelveli), and Rameswaram.  On the seashore of Rameswaram, he looked towards Sri Lanka and prayed
to the Lord at Tirukonamalai and Tirukatheeswaram.  After visiting further temples like Tirutellicherry and Tirunallar, he came to Bodhimangai, a town where Buddhists were waiting for debate with him.  He debated with Sariputta, the chief priest and disproved the theory of Void of Buddhists.  He then went to Tirukadavoor and reached Tirupoonthuruthi.

(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.