Author Topic: Tiru Navukkarasar Nayanar (Appar) - 3 (One of the 63 Siva Saints)  (Read 1606 times)

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After proving the supremacy of Vedic Saivism and also causing change of the king's mind, Tirunavukkarasar proceeded to visit
many Siva temples.  He sang hymns in all these temples.  He visited
Tiruvennainallur (the birth place of the great poet Kamban), Tiru
Amathoor, Kovaloor and Pennadagam.  He then went to Vriddachalam, Nivakarai and Tirupuliyiur.  From there, he reached Thillai, Chidambaram, where he prayed to the Dancing God of Golden Court and sang his famous hymns, Veeratirumozhi and Nerisaimozhi.  He stayed in Chidambaram for a few days and did his service in the temple precincts like weeding out the bushes and other growths inside the temple.  He always carried a small spade and he was doing cleaning work in every temple.  He was thus a Siva servitor, through dasa-marga.  Here, he heard about Tiru Jnana Sambandhar, the child saint and he went and prostrated before him in Seerkazhi.  From there he went to Tirunarayaoor, (where later,
Nambi Andar Nambi, who arranged the list of 63 Saints lived).  After spending some time in the company of Tiru Jnana Sambandhar and after praying to Thoniappar, Siva of Seerkazhi, he went to other places in the Kaveri basin, like Tirukkolakka, Nenriyur, Nanipalli,
Semponalli, Mayiladurai, Velvikudi and Tiru thuruthi.

Tiruvavukkarasar then proceeded to Tiru Avaduthurai, the birth place of Tirumoolar and he sang many hymns in this place.  His Tiruthandakam on this place is quite famous.  He then went to Tiruvidaimaruthur, Tiru Nageswaram, Pazhayarai and Nalloor.  He was given dhiksha by Siva, in his dream at Nalloor.  He then visited
Tirukaruhavoor, Tiruvarur (birth place of Sundaramoorthy), Tiruvaiyaru and Tirupazhanam.  He then went to Tirupazhanam, after having been told that one great Siva saint Appoothi Adigal was living there!

(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.