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Ganesa and Vittala
« on: June 17, 2009, 03:53:38 PM »
Namadev was a young child of about 5 years and one days,
since his father was away at work and could not return till
morning, his mother asked him, to take the offerings of
roti, sabji, curd bath and payasam to Vittala and do nivedhana
after puja.  When Namadev said that he could not do puja
his mother told him:  It does not matter.  You say Hari Rama
Krishna Hari a few times and then offer the nivedhana.  The
child Namadev went to the shrine and offered the nivedhana.
He thought Vittala would take a portion of it and when Vittala
did not take anything, he started crying and was about to
bang his head on the feet of the stone image.  Vittala who
normally keeps his hands on his hip, took out his hands and
stopped Namadev and spoke to him and also both the god
and the child shared the entire food!  When Namadev returned
home, his mother could not believe the story.  She started shouting at the child.  Vittla came to mother's dream and

There is an identical story about Nambi Andar Nambi.  He
hailed  from Tiru Naraiyoor, near Thanjavur.  His father
was a Ganesa Upasaka, [Gaanapatyam] and used to offer
to Swayambu Vinayakar [PoLLa Pillaiyar in Tamil, polla
means not touched by the sculptor's instruments] daily.
One day he was again from village and Nambi Andar Nambi
went in his father's place.  After puja, Vinayaka did not
take the nivedhana and when the child cried, Vinayaka extended his trunk and took the food along with the child.  This Nambi Andar Nambi later became the famous saint-poet who elaborated on the song of 63 Saints by Sundaramurthy
Swamigal [Tiru Thondar Thohai] and made a longer poem
of the list titled Tiru Thondar Tiru Andati.  This is more detailed and is in the metre of Muktapada Sthavam.  These two poems were the base on which Sekkizhar wrote the famous Periya Puranam.  Nambi Andar Nambi first worte a poem on Swayambu Ganapati of Tiru Naraiyur, as thanksgiving.  All his poems are found in Book XI of Saiva Canons.

Later Tukaram, in his abangam has sung Vinayaka is Vittala, and perhaps he must have heard these two incidents.

Arunachala Siva.