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Pugazh Thunai Nayanar (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: January 05, 2009, 10:50:05 AM »
Pugazh Thunai Nayanar belonged to the class of Amadhya Brahmin,
who perform poojas in the temple and serve the Lord.  His job was
to procure flowers and cool water in pots several times to clean up
the temple precincts and also to do abulations for Siva Lingam.  Soon
drought engulfed the town of Seru Villiputtur, where he was doing
this service.  Food items, fruits, vegetables, flowers why even water
became scanty.  This poor priest had to bring water from miles away
in the hot sun and had to bring only some dry jungle flowers for Siva.

One day, he was so exhausted that he fell down with the water pot
near Siva Linga and became unconscious.  In the vision that followed
Siva told him:  Do not worry. I shall give you one gold coin everyday.
You may buy everything for me and the devotees with that coin, from
the nearby town and serve me.  The priest got up and found to his
bewilderment, a shining gold coin, near the Siva Linga.  He became
very happy and was serving Siva and His devotees everyday, with the
food, fruits, and flowers with that gold coin.  Soon the famine got
over and with copious rains the grains, fruits and flowers started
showing up in plenty.  The appearance of the gold coin  from the
basement of Siva Lingam also stopped.

Pugazhthunai Nayanar served Siva in such a manner till his old
age and merged with Siva of Seru Villiputtur.

(Source: Periya Puranam, Sekkizahar. Tamil Verses.  Book XII
of Siva Canons.  Saiva Siddhanta Book Publishing House, Chennai.
Translation and Prose rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.