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Sundaramoorthy Nayanar - 5 (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: January 17, 2009, 04:28:42 PM »
Sundaramoorthy then stayed in Tiruavrur with Paravai for sometime.
The saint Kalikkamar who came to know about Siva doing for errand for Sundaramoorthy, became very angry with him and decided not to go to Tiruvarur temple thereafter.  Siva gave him colic pain and he was he was wreathing in pain. Kalikkamar then took a dagger and pierced his stomach and was in a pool of blood, dying.  Kalikkamar's wife rushed to Sundaramoorthy and told him to pacify her husband.  Sundaramoorthy rushed to Kalikkamar's house. Seeing Kalikkamar in a pool of blood, Sundaramoorthy took the  dagger to kill himself. 
Siva appeared before them, and rose Kalikkamar from death and both were pacified.

After a few days, Sundarar suddenly remembered about his friend
the king of Chera Kingdom called Cheraman Perumal.  He set out to
Chera Kingdom, the present Kerala.  In Avinasi, presently in Coimbatore district, he came to know the sad plight of a brahmin couple.  Two young boys of two families had set out to the river for bathing and one of them was devoured by a crocodile.  This was two years before.  The other boy, now seven years old, was having his
sacred thread ceremony.   The mother of the boy who was dead was
crying bitterly.  Taking great pity on the parents, the saint went to the river and sang a song on Siva of Avinasi, the flood of Pandya Kingdom.  After the song, the dead boy came back from the river,
as if he had just completed the bath, and surprisingly the boy had grewn in height and size as a seven year old boy!  His sacred thread
ceremony was also celebrated on that day, with the parents and boy falling at the feet of Sundaramoorthy Nayanar.

Cheraman Perumal, the king, welcomed Sundaramoorthy with royal band.  The saint was given new clothes and ornaments, sandal paste and kumkum.  He was seated on a golden seat and given a royal feast. Thousands of devotees and citizens of Chera Kingdom also partook the feast.   The friends spent joyful days together in the palace.  Sundaramoorthy then took leave of Cheraman Perumal.

He then proceeded to Tiruvanchaikalam. He now knew that the time has come to merge in Siva effulgence.  He prayed to the Lord to break all his bonds and take him to the Abode.  Siva sent a white
elephant to Sundaramoorthy for travelling skyward to Kailas. At the same time, the Chera King, Cheraman Perumal, knew in his heart that Sundaramoorthy was leaving for Kailas. He felt sad that he was
not told before.  He then went to his royal horse, whispered Panchakshara in its ear and climbed over it.   The horse rose skywards and went past the white elephant.  Cheraman Perumal reached Kailas and was waiting at the gates.  Sundarar went with his tusker straight to Siva and reported to the Lord. Then he told Siva:
My friend!**  My friend from the earth is waiting at the gates. Please send him in.  Siva smiled and asked Nandi to allow Cheraman Perumal.   Siva asked: How come you have come with out my call.
Cheraman Perumal then replied humbly:  O Lord, Is not your mantra,
Siva Panchakshara, more potent than You?

** Sundaramoorthy had  sneha bhava.  For him, Siva was the friend.
For Tiru Jnana Sambandhar, he was the Father. For Tirunavukkarasar, he was the Master.  For Manikkavachagar, he was the lover, nayaki-nayaka bhava.

(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.