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Tiru Jnana Sambandhar - 9 (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: January 16, 2009, 11:28:23 AM »
After seeing the Lord of Tirupoonthuruthi, Sambandhar on seeing the vast crowd, with some premonition, asked :Where is Appar? (father!)
Tiru Navukkarasar, who was till now bearing the palanquin, got relived and then came before Sambandhar. With trepidation and
tears in his eyes, Sambandhar asked: "Appa, What is all this?",
feeling bad about the aged saint bearing the palanquin!  They
embraced each other joyfully.  From that day, Tirunavukkarasar came to be called Appar, by Saivites.  The two saints again went into the temple of Tirupoonthuruthi to thank Siva for their re-union.
They then went to Kanchipuram and to Tirupazhanam, on the banks of Kaveri.  They then visited Thillai, Chidambaram,and sang to the Nataraja of Dancing Hall.  Sambandhar then took leave of Appar and went to Tiruvamuthoor and Tirukovilur.  He then planned to go to

It was late evening when he reached Ariyanai Nallur.  He did not know the further route.  The party was also tired and hungry. Suddenly, an old Brahmin came in there and said:  I am going only to Tiruvannamalai, Please come with me.  They followed him.  Soon he disappeared.  They were hesitant to go further. It was dark.  At that time, some thieves came and took all the little possessions of Sambandhar and his devotees.  Sambandhar became very said and was singing about Annamalai, and suddenly he saw the Hill and the Effulgence.  He became exteremely happy.  At  a distance, the party found a tent, where a Brahmin was again waiting.  The brahmin invited the group for dinner and rest.  The group had sumptous food at the brahmin's tent and took rest.  Next morning, to their astonishment, the tent, the brahmin and others were not to be seen.  They also found the stolen possessions near them!  Sambandhar was horripilated at the miracle of Siva, who had come as a Brahmin, the previous night.  At Tiruvannamalai, Sambandhar sang many compositions on Annamalai and Unnamulai.  Unnamulai Umayalodu Or Bhagamathai, "With Unnamulai as a ever present concorporate, O Annamalai..... " is one of the famous songs of Tiruvannamalai. In Sambandhar's songs, one can see in each decad one song praising Annamalai, either directly or indirectly, without fail.

Sambandhar then reached Tiruvottyur. There a devotee met Sambandhar and told him that due to the curse of Jain priests, his palymra trees have all become male-trees and they do not yield fruits and it has affected his livelihood.  Sambandhar then went to that grove and sang a hymn.  The barren male-trees immediately changed into female trees and that too with plenty of fruits!

Sambandhar then came to the temples near Palar.  He visited Tiruvikolam, Takkolam and Pazhayarai.  He then went to Pazhaiyanoor and reached the outskirts of Tiruvalangadu, where Karaikal Amma, who was waling on her head, had the vision of the Cosmic Dance of Nataraja.  Sambandhar chose to remain on the entrace of the town, without entering inside, since Amma had walked with her head on that holy sands. He sang a song on Siva,
standing at the entrace of Tiruvalangadu.

He then proceeded to Kalahasti and on the hills near Swarnamuki river, he recalled the matchless devotion of Kannappa and sang songs on Kalahasti Nathar, Siva.  He then reached Tiruvotriyur and reached Tirumayilai, today's Mylapore, Chennai, on the seashore.

(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.