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Subramanian.R

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Siva is also a Vaishnavite
« on: February 19, 2009, 11:49:50 AM »
I mentioned about saint poet Kalamegam.  He was all his life trying to pacify the quarrels between Saivites and Vaishnavites. Once he
told them that Siva Himself is a Vaishnavite, and who do you quarrel.
His immediate ex tempore song reads as under:

She is the sister of the cowherd*, she is emerald-green in colour!
She came all the way from Mathura to Chidambaram,
And married the goat-herd** who is of golden hue!
She begot a child, to whom we pray and hit our temples***
He is an elephant-herd*** with elephant face, fat and green like
   his mother!
O! You do not know that the slender waist girl with bells around her
    hip,
Who is she but the cowherd's sister!

(* Cowherd - Krishna, Sivakami is his sister, hence she is a Vaishnavite!
** goat-herd is a pun on the Tamil word, Aadu, literally goat,
but also means 'dancing'.  He is Siva, Nataraja in Chidambaram.
*** elephant-herd really means elephant-faced, Ganapati, who
is also green like his mother! 
Since Sivakami is Vaishnavite, Siva who is only half of her is also
Vaishnavite.  Their son, having mother's emerald-green colour is
therefore also a Vaishanavite!)   

(Source: Stray Songs of Tamil Poets. K. Subramanya Pillai.)

Arunachala Siva.