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Idangazhi Nayanar (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: January 03, 2009, 10:29:24 AM »
There is a town called Kondumbaloor, in Tamil Nadu, which was ruled
by Aditya Chozhan.  This Chozha King was himself a great devotee of
Siva and it is he who constructed a golden roof for the Siva of
Chidambaram,  Nataraja, the Dancing Siva.  He is also called Anabhaya
Chozha and Kultothunga Chozha.  In that town, there was a local
chieftain by name Idangazhi.  He was also a great Siva devotee.  He
made it a point to feed at least one Siva devotee, everyday after his
return from the temple and before he sat for his food.  Soon he became
poor, due to his philanthrophy and serving Siva devotees with food.

One day there was no rice at home for the feeding of his own family
as also for a Siva devotee.  He became restless and he took his idangazhi,
a sharp iron rod and went to the King's treasure house.  He stealthily
went into the granery and pierced the large silo of grains to take out
some rice for food and feeding a Siva devotee for that day.  He was
immediately caught by the guards and brought before the king.  Idangazhi
narrated the reason for his stealing.  The King became very sad that there
was no rice even in a citizen's house who wanted to feed Siva devotees.
Soon, he opened the granary and asked the guards to drop all the grains
on the palace grounds for Siva devotees to take them.  He told Idangazhi
Nayanar that his riches were of no avail, if they were not used to the
purpose of filling the stomach of Siva devoteess, with rich food.

Idangazhi took some rice stocks to his house and started feeding more
devotees from that day.  Soon, constantly contemplating on Siva  and
reached Siva's 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.