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Poosalar Nayanar (One of the 63 Saiva Saints)
« on: January 13, 2009, 09:09:20 AM »
Pooslar of Tiruninravoor was a great devotee, but was very poor.
He hada longing to build a Siva temple.  He went to all rich people in
town to help him with money.  No one came forward. So he decided
to build a temple in his heart.  He intently imagined that he was bringing
necessary stones and sand, he was calling good artisans for the work,
he was collecting necessary ornaments.  Thus he built a temple in his
heart!  He fixed an auspicous day for the consecreation ceremony.  He
fixed the gold cubes on the temple tower and then when everything was ready including waters from Ganga, he requsted Siva Himself to come
and inaugurate the temple!  Siva agreed gladly.

The ruler of Kanchi, Kadava Pallava was also constructing a temple,
spending money lavishly and he also requested Siva to come and grace
the occasion.  It so happened that the consecreation ceremony was
on the same day for both the temples!   Siva then told the king to postpone his temple consecration as on that day, He would be busy
attending Poosalar's temple.  The king was surprised.  He thought:
Who else has constructed temple for Siva, in the nearby area?"  He
then went around with retinue and asked people in various towns
about the temple of Poosalar.  He reached Tiruninravoor.  He asked
the townsfolk who said that there was no temple but Poosalar was
living in a hut nearby.  He asked that devotee, who replied with all
humility that there was no temple as a physical structure but he had
constructed a temple in his heart and Siva is supposed to come!  The
king realized the devotee's great love for Siva and prostrated before him.  Suddenly, Siva appeared as Effulgence and took Poosalar to his Abode!

(Source: Periya Puranam, Sekkizhar. Tamil Verses. Book XII of Siva
Canons. Translation and Prose rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.