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Sundaramoorthy Nayanar - 3 (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: January 17, 2009, 01:55:44 PM »
After some days, Sundaramoorthy was given an invitation by Kotpuliyar, the commander of the Chozha army to come and visit his place, Tiru Nattiayangudi.  The commander lavishly arranged a feast and the couple took sumptuous dinner.  He then brought his two daughters and they prostrated before them.  The couple took them as their own daughers and embraced them.  Sundarar then moved to the local temple and prayed to Siva and in his song, he has mentioned that he has been blessed with two daughters in this town. The divine couple then moved to Tirupuhalur and prayed to Siva. Not finding any place to sleep, they were lying in the courtyard of the temple itself with bricks as pillows.   Next morning they found the bricks to have become golden ones!  Sundarar and Paravi returned to Tiruvarur and left the golden bricks at Paravai's house. Paravai then stayed back and Sundaramoorthy set out for further piligrimage.

Sundaramoorthy then visited temples like Nannilam, Tiruvanchiyam, Naraiyoor, Naraiyoor and Tiru Avaduthurai, the birth place of the great saint Tirumoolar. He then went to Kumbakonam, Tirunageswaram, Tiruvaiyaru and Tiruvalampozhil.  In the last place, he had a dream where Siva asked him to come to Mazhapadi, which place, he had not sung.  He therefore went to Tiru Mazhapadi and sang the famous song:  O with the effulgence of gold, the one who wears the tiger's skin, who wears konrai flowers on his red matted locks, and the one who is the ruby of Mazhapadi!  Ponnar meniyane,
pulitholai araikisaithu, minnar chenjadai mel, milir konrai aninthavane, kanne ma maniye mazhapadiyul manikkame....

Sundaramoorthy then went to Tiruvanaikka on the banks of Kaveri.
He then went to Kodumudi. He then visited Vriddachalam, where again he wanted gold to be given.  He immediately found a bag containing 12,000 pieces of gold coins.  He then prayed to Siva that this money might be sent to Tiruvarur for the benefit of the temple there. Siva told him: Throw the gold into the river near. It will be transported to Tiruvarur tank.  He did the same way and the gold reappeared in the tank of Tiruvarur.  The devotees there took the gold for the use of the temple expenses.

Sundarar then reached Thillai, Chidambaram again.  After visiting Chidambaram, he went to Tirukadaiyoor, the famous shrine of
Abirami and Amrutakateswara.

(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.