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Tiru Jnana Sambandhar - 3 (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: January 15, 2009, 12:06:58 PM »
After the sacred thread ceremony,  Jnana Sambandhar stayed in Seerkazhi for some time.  During that period Saint Tirunavukkarasar, who was by them quite aged, came to see Sambandhar.  Tirunavukkarasar stayed with Sambandhar's family for some time, with good feast and rest
everyday.  He then paid his obeisance to the child saint Sambandhar and left that place.  Sambandhar then decided to visit some more Siva temples.

Sambandhar then, in the god gifted palanquin set out his further journey with many followers including Yazhpanar.  He visited Tirukkannar Kovil,
Pullirukku Vellur (today's Vaitheswaran Kovil), Tiruninravoor, (where
Lakshmi did penance), Nidur, Tirupungur, (where the great bull left its place to enable Nandanar see Nataraja of Chidambaram), Tirukurukkai
and Pazha Nannippadikarai.

Then, Sambandhar visited the famous five places where Kaveri river branches out into five rivulets, viz., Tiruvaiyaru, Tirupazhanam, Tiruvedikudi,  Tirupunthuruthi and Tiruchotruthurai.  He went later to
Tiruneithanam, Tirumazhapadi and then reached Tirupachil Achiramam.

This town was ruled by a chieftain called Kolli Mazhavan, who was a great warrior and also an ardent Siva devotee.  Unforunately, his only daughter
who was 18 years old, was suffering from incurable epilepsy.  Kolli Mazhavan came to Jnana Sambandha and requested him, to come and
bless her epileptic daughter and give her good health.  Jnana Sambandha went to the temple of Achiramam and then visited the chieftain.  He sang a glorious song on Siva, who is crushing the apasmara under his foot.
As he completed then tenth song, the chieftain's daughter rose up from the bed as a shining creeper in good health.

Sambandhar then went to Kongu Nadu, today's Salem and Coimbatore district and reached the town called Chengunrur.  Here, the weather was unusually chill added with drought conditions.  The visiting party of Sambandhar suffered cold attacks.  The people in the town also had these cold attacks with burning poverty.  Sambandhar was moved with pity and he sang a decad of songs in Chengunrur for cure of the people.  The distress immediately vanished.  Soon bright sunshine coupled with good
rains came and made this place fertile.

The saint poet then visited Karur, Kodumudi and Tiruchirapalli and came
to the beautiful town of Uraiyur, which was once the capital of Chozha
dynasty.  After visiting Tiruchirapalli and Uraiyur, he crossed Kaveri
and reached Tiruvanaika, the Siva temple representing the element of water under five elements. 

(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.