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They too served Siva (One of the Siva devotees)
« on: January 13, 2009, 09:26:31 AM »
Sekkizhar also describes some devotees, who were responsible for
making their husband/brother as great Siva devotees.  Here the poet
descirbes a group of two lady devotees, who with their steadfast
devotion to Siva, made their relatives to come out of their false paths
and reach Siva's path of Sivajnana.

The first one is Mangayarkarasi. She was the queen of Pandya King,
Nedumaran, who was patronizing Jains in Madurai. The queen was
a great Siva devotee. She prayed to Lord Somasundara of Madurai
to set right the path of her husband.  She came to know through the
minister that Jnana Sambandha was visiting nearby places and if
requested, he would come to Madurai.  The minister agreed and brought
Jnana Sambandha.  Meantime, the king was laid with high fever which
could not be cured by Jain priests with mantra and peacock feathers.
Jnana Sambandha chanted Tevaram song and cured the king and he also
made his body staight, as he as a hunchback hitherto.  He also debted
with Jain priests in many ways and defeated them.  This elaborate story
of Jnana Sambandha, we shall see separately.  The queen Mangayarkarasi thus became famous and Sekkizhar sings about her in this group.

The other one is Tilakavathi.  She was living in Cuddalore and was a
great Siva devotee.  Her brother Tirunavukkkarasar had embraced
Jainism and was spreading a lot of ill-words about Siva.  Due to intense
prayer of Tilakavati, Siva made a divine play.  Tirunavukkarasar contacted acute stomach pain, which became incurable.  Tilakavati applied vibhuti on his forehead and the stomach and prayed to Siva with great devotion.  The stomach pain disappeared and Tiruvnavukkarasar embraced Saivism again.  He was put to a lot of punishments by the Jains but he stood the
test. The story of Tirunavukkarasar, we shall see later.  The sister
Tilakavati thus became famous and Sekkizhar sings about her in this

The third is the mother of King Kochengat Chozhan. She became pregnant and the the baby-prince was to be born at any time.  The
astrologers had told her that the mother-queen's baby should be born
a little later since the auspicious time had not then arrived!  The mother-queen decided to postpone the birth of her son. So she prayed to Siva
and then hung herself upside down, to delay the delivery!  The baby
(Kochengat Chozhan) was then born, and he had blood shot eyes,
due to delayd birth.  He was therefore called Kochengat Chozhan,
the king with chen-gat, red-eye!

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

Arunachala Siva.