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Tiru Jnana Sambandhar - 5 (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: January 15, 2009, 02:52:42 PM »
In Tiruphualur, Sambandhar  heard the sad news of a young lady,
who had come to that town along with her lover, after eloping from
their native village.  In Tirumaruhal, when the couple were staying in
a Math at night, a serpent had bitten the young man and he had fallen
dead immediately.  Local physicians and mantra sastra experts could not
revive the dead youth.  The lady was in great despair for she could not
now go back to her vilage too.  Sambandhar took great pity on the young lady and prayed to Siva with melting heart.  The youth got up as if he had been sleeping!  Jnana Sambandhar then told the natives of the town to arrange for their wedding and he also participated in the wedding.
In Tirupuhalur, Muruga Nayanar also met Sambandhar and took him as
his guest for a few days.

Meantime, Tiru Navukkarasar came to know of Sambandhar staying in
Tirupuhalur and went there to see the young saint. They both spent sometime together.  After bidding farewell to Tiru Navukkarasar, Sambandhar once again proceeded to Tiruvarur and staying in the great hall of Devasiriyam, the "Hall of Devotees who are poets", and sang melodious songs in praise of Lord Vanmikanatha, Siva of Tiruvarur temple. He then visited the nearby temple in Koalili and then returned to Tirupuhalur to meet Tiru Navukkarasar again.  Sambandhar, Tiruvanukkarasar, Muruga Nayanar, Neela Nakkar, Siruthondar, all formed a great group of Siva saints there. From there Tirunavukkarasar and Sambandhar alone proceeded further to go to a place called Tiuvambar.  Sambandhar walked with Tirunavukkarasar without taking the palanquin. Tirunavukkarasar requested Sambandhar to take the palanquin, since it was given by the Lord.  Sambandhar reluctantly agreed and the group went to the famous Tirukkadavur, (the place where goddess Abhirami is with her consort, Amrutagateswarar, the Lord who kicked Yama, the god of death, to give a long life to Markandeya.) and Sambandhar here sang some famous songs extolling Siva the death for god of death!  The twosome then went to Tirupampuram and Tiruveezhimizhalai.  They stayed there for some days in Maths.  In
the last place, Sambandhar wanted the darshan of Siva of Seerkazhi and the Lord gave him the darshan in the temple of Tiruveezhimizhalai.

In that town, the monsoon did not break and there was famine and water scarcity.  Both the saints then prayed to Siva everyday from the eastern and western towers of the temple.  Lord, kept one gold coin each for the two saints near the towers.  The coins were exchanged in the nearby market and food was puchased and fed to the townsfolk.  The entire town became very happy.  However, it was found that the coins obtained by Tirunavukkarasar were accepted by merchants immediately and foodgrains given, but the coins obtained by Sambandhar were accepted for a discount, since they contained copper!  When Sambandhar asked Siva, the Father of the Universe said: It is because the elderly aged saint also does the work of clearing the weeds in the temple everyday and his labour had been rewarded with pure coins. Sambandhar being Siva's son, with no hard labour apart from praying and singing, was given only gold coins mixed with a little copper!

The two saints along with their followers then visited several temples like Tiruvanchiyam and Tirunellikka, reached Tiru Maraikadu, (today's Vedaranyam) and found to their utter disappointment that the temple doors had closed themselves since a long time, since Siva was not happy with the atrocities of Jains in desecrating the temple.  And no one could oepn the temple gates.

(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.