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Tiru Navukkarasar - Appar (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: January 17, 2009, 10:49:45 AM »
When Tiruvanukkarasar and Tiru Jnana Sambandhar were staying in the Math at Tirumaraikadu, the former had a dream at night, in which
Siva asked him to go to Vayamoor.  The saint immediately woke up and proceeded to Vayumoor.  In the morning, on not seeing Tirunavukkkarasar, Tiru Jnana Sambandhar followed him to Vayumoor.   The two devotees then prayed to Siva in Vayumoor.  Both returned to Tirumaraikadu later.  It is here, that Tiru Jnana Sambandhar wanted to go to Madurai to cure the Pandya King,as per the request of the queen through her messengers.  When the elder saint said about the inimic planetary movements, the child saint sang the famous Decad to cut off the effects of planets and proceeded to Madurai.  Tirunavukkarasar then went to Tiruveezhimizhalai and then reached Pazhayarai.  He found there that the Siva temple had been hidden by a Vimana constructed by Jains for their shrine.  He sang a song and told the king to do justice.  The King then sent his minister and workers and the Siva temple was restored, by removing the Jain Vimana of the Vihara.  The saint then went to Tiruvanaika, where the temple had been constructed by the famous Chozha King,
Kochengat Chozhan.  He prayed to Lord Jambukeswara there. From this place he proceeded to Tirupainjeeli, where on the way he became tired and hungry.  In the hot sun, a Brahmin appeared with a bag of food and water and the saint's thirst and hunger were relieved.  After eating the food, when the saint looked for the brahmin, he had disappeared!  He then reached Tiruvothur and after visiting the Siva temple there, Tirunavukkarasar reached Kanchipuram, where he had studied Jaina scriptures.  He prayed to Lord Ekambaranatha and Kamakshi for showing the true path for liberation. He then proceeded to the coastal temples of Tiruvanmiyoor and Tirumayilai (in today's Chennai) and then reached Tiruvotriyur. (In Tiruvotriyur, Kavyakanta Ganapati Sastri had his heat and fever subsided by the touch of Bhagavan Ramana).  In Tiruvotiruyur he sang another famous Tiruthandakam song.

(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.