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Kazharchinga Nayanar (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: January 02, 2009, 09:41:29 AM »
Kazharchinga was a Pallava King, ruling from Kanchipuram.  He
was an ardent devotee of Siva and was having all prosperity due
to the grace of Siva, the Lord Ekamba of Kanchipuram, consort of
Kamakshi.  He used his wealth for feeding the Siva devotees and
giving them money for their livelihood.  He visited several Siva temples
in Tamil Nadu. 

Once he went to Tiruvarur, to pray to Siva, Lord Thyagaraja of the
town.  His queen also accompanied him.  While going round the temple,
with great devotion, the queen saw a flower garden inside the temple
precincts.  There were many beautiful flowers in the garden.  She
took one of the flowers from a plant and smelt it.  Seeing this, a devotee
Seruthunaiyar, cut off her nose with a sharp knife, as she had no business
to smell the flower intended for Siva.  The queen fell down, bleeding
profusely.  The King, Kazharchinga saw her on the floor, rushed to her
and said:  "You deserve this penalty and even more.  I shall cut your
hand too, that plucked the flower."  So saying, he cut her hand too!

Immeditately, flowers fell in a shower from the heavens.  Siva appeared
before him and took the king to His Abode!

(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.