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Siva Manasa Puja of a different kind - 6
« on: June 07, 2009, 02:26:54 PM »
Starting from Sri Sankara, we have been seeing how different
saints and sages had performed Siva Puja.  They did not do
anything formally, but in various different ways and Siva
was pleased.

Karaikal Amma was a devout wife of a rich merchant, who
was purchasing and selling precious gems and stones.  His
wife Punitavati was a lady devoted equally to Siva and her
husband.  One day, before lunch, her husband Danavaniga
had sent two mangoes through a servant to leave them at
home, which he would eat during lunch.  Punitavati was
preparing the lunch and it was not yet ready.  Meantime
Siva appeared as an old brahmin and asked for bhiksha.
She had no food ready, and so she gave the brahmin one
of the two mangoes.  The brahmin thanked her and left.
During lunch Danavaniga asked for mango.  She served one.
It was delicious and so her husband asked for the second.
Where can she go for the mango?  She could have told the
truth but destiny played its role.  She went into the kitchen
and prayed intently to Siva and a mango appeared on her
palm!  She became happy and served it.  Tasting the mango,
her husband said:  How come this mango is many times more
delicious than the first one?  It is heavenly.  Punitavati could
not hide the matter beyond that.  She told him the truth.  Dananiga could not believe her words.  He also became curious
and wanted to 'test' Siva. He asked for a second one to be given by Siva.  This lady was in great dilemma?  What can she do now?
Her immense faith came to her rescue.  She got another one
on her palm when she prayed again!  Danavaniga took that
third mango and was about to bite.  The mango disappeared
from his hand!  Siva answered Punitavati's prayers but did not
want the fruits of her faith to be tested  and tasted by her doubting husband.  The husband became horripilated and left
the house in great awe.  Punitavati waited for his return for
long only to hear the news that that chap had married another
woman and settled down in Nagapattinam, near Karaikal.
The lady felt that it is her job to pray to Siva and visit places
instead of wasting any more time at home.  She wanted Siva
to give her an invisible form of a devil so that no outsider could
see her and spread scandals.  The prayer was answered.  She
visited various temples to her heart's content.  She went to
Kailas and asked Siva to show his cosmic dance.  Siva told
her to go to Tiru Alangadu [near Chennai].  She went their
and witnessed His Cosmic Dance and at the end she merged
with Him in His Effulgence.

Out of the 63 Saints of Siva, in temples, she is the only
who is sitting majestically!  All the other saints including
Mangayarkarasi and Sundaramoorthy's mother are standing
in the row but the Karaikal Amma, Mother of Karaikal is
sitting majestically.  She is Karaikal Amma, because Siva
Himself addressed her as Mother.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Siva Manasa Puja of a different kind - 6
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2009, 02:55:32 PM »
Dear Subramaniyan ji

It is very nice to read about Karikal ammaiyar. I want to add some more lines here. She asked siva to have darshan of His dance and He danced
and she sang for His dance. This event took in the place of THRUVALAGADU.  I think this is the rathna sabha. She asked the boon that she should
always hear His CHALLAGAI OLI. So  she sits very close to His feet which was raised. Sometimes people add so many things when they give upannasam.
I have not have the original periya puranam. I want to know whether this story goes like above said. Your comment is highly appreciated.


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Re: Siva Manasa Puja of a different kind - 6
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2009, 03:41:43 PM »
Dear Ramanaduli,

You are correct in a way.  Periya Puranam does not give
more details about the dance she witnessed at Tiru Alangadu,
which is of course, the Ratna Sabha, the Court Hall of Ruby.
But Karaikal Amma has sung a few songs which find place
in Book XI of 12 Books of Saiva Canon.  There she says
in one decad titled Tiru Alangadu Mootha Tirupathigam,
the Elder Decad of Tiru Alangadu, that she is hearing the
sound of Siva's anklets, she is seeing His third eye, she
is seeing the serpants on his body, the Ganga roaring on
his matted locks, the crescent moon, which is afraid of the
serpents, the laughing skulls of many a crore of Brahmas
on his shoulder and on his palm.   These are all mystic visions.
People with faith believe them, that is all. Saiva Siddhantam
says that after every 100 Brahmas die, one Vishnu dies.  Like
that several crores of Brahmas and several lakhs of Vishnus
have met with death.  But Siva is beginningless and endless.
Manikkavachagar also says this in Tiruvachakam.  Sri Sankara
says in Sri Soundarya Lahari:  "When Brahma, Indra and Vishnu and all devas close their eyes one by one and die, You {Lalita}
are playing with Siva in the garden of Kailas!"

Arunachala Siva.   

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Re: Siva Manasa Puja of a different kind - 6
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2009, 03:57:05 PM »
Dear Subramaniyan ji

Thank you very much for the clarification. We say Thennadudaiya sivane potri. Ennatavarkkum erraiva potri. Why Siva likes the south very much. He did
64 leelas. In North people know about Ram leela and krishna leela and devi also to some extent. But here in south, Lord has done lots of leelas, gave darshan
Tamil literature says Siva and Murgan liked tamil songs to be sung by their devotees. To listen tamil songs, He plays some drama in this world. Siva wrote wrong tamil song for Dharumi to get golden coins from Pandian king. I want to know why Siva played so many plays in south only. As because Madurai Meenakshi wanted Him to come down to Madurai from kailas. He became the Mappilai of Tamil Nadu. So He got authority to play,
Anyway Periya puranam is wonderful epic. which moved Bhagavan. People here say, they love Tamil but they do not believe God. But Tamil is based on God only. Tamil and God cannot be separated. It is my view.


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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2009, 05:28:25 PM »
Dear Ramanaduli,

Siva's Abode is Kailas.  Arunachala is Siva-swarupa.
Siva did a lot of holy sports in Tamil Nadu.  Tamil Kings
were all Saivites, excepting for some trespassing into
Jainism by Pandyas.  Tamil = Sivam = Love.  Meenakshi
was Madurai princess and she married Siva.  Kamakshi
is Lalita Tripura Sundari and she came to Kanchipuram to
do penance and then married Siva, once again after her
sin of going to Daksha's yajna for which Siva was not
called.  Not satisfied with marriage, she wanted half
the body of Siva which was conferred in Arunachala.
That is why Siva is ArdhaNari.  There are five temples for
Siva representing five elements of nature.  Since Rama
and Krishna were born in Ayodhya and Gokula, they
are more popular there.  Siva belongs to the entire universe.
Muruga is of course, an original Tamil God.  Muruga worship
is very rare in North India.

Arunachala Siva.