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Tiru Jnana Sambandhar - 11 (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: January 16, 2009, 12:09:48 PM »
Since Sambandhar was 16 years old, his father Sivapada Hruydayar wanted to perform the marriage of his son.  Even though Sambandhar
refused to the proposal first saying that he had already given up his ego and is ready to give up his body at anytime as per Siva's will, he would agree for the wedding!  Sivapada Hrudayar then went to a town called Tiru Nallur Perumanam and met Nambi Andar Nambi, a
great Vedic Brahmin, to give his daughter to Sambandha.   Nambi agreed to the proposal and then the wedding was arranged in Tiru
Nallur Perumanam.  Nambi himself arranged the sacrificial rites and
Neelanakka Nayanar did the Vedic chants.  Muruga Nayanar and so many other devotees had come for the wedding. Celestials were watching the proceedings from the sky.  Uma and Siva were on the bull in the Space, eagerly looking into the wedding proceedings.  The party went to the Siva Temple of Tiruttoni Appar in Seerkazhi and then entered the marriage hall. After the tying of the Mangalya,
Sambandhar and his newly wedded bride, were going around the Fire for seven steps, Sapta pathi.  Sambandhar sang: O Siva, when
you have already rescued me from the samsara, why this stepping stone of wedding for entering into your Abode?  Let me now reach your holy feet!"

A column of light appeared, engulfing the entire wedding hall, and Sambandhar, his wife and all who came for the wedding, including the famous Nayanars, the bride's party, the bride groom's party,
merged into the effulgence!  The celestials were chanting Namasivaya, Namasivaya...  Thus the life of Jnana Sambandha, the avatara of Skanda, that avatara has been completed.  He was to born again on the cold wintry night of 30th December 1879, in a small house in Tiruchuzhi, to give out to the world the essence of Jnana Marga, for the avatara of bhakti marga was over!

We shall take up the story of Tirunavukkarasar, next.  The story of
Sundaramoorthy, the hero of Periya Puranam will come in the last.

(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.