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Tiru Jnana Sambandhar - 7 (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: January 16, 2009, 10:40:50 AM »
The fierceness of the king's fever reached new heights and the Jain
priests who came near him could feel the heat.  The king's rose garlands had withered.  The Jains sprinkled water and touched the king's limbs with their peacock feathers but these only added to his agony.  The queen then requested her husband whether they could invite Sambandhar to come and see the king.  The King agreed and the queen and the minsiter Kulachiraiyar went to the Math.  The child
heard the news and said that he would definitely come and cure the king but would go to the Somasundara temple first.  He entered the shrine and sang a melodius hymn describing the glory of Holy Ashes,
the Tiruneetru Padigam.  He then saw Meenkashi, the goddess and then proceeded to the palace, accompanied by the queen and the minister.  The king welcomed him and asked him to sit on the golden seat nearby.  The king now understood the betrayal of the Jain priests but still said:  All right you use your techniques on the left said of my body and ensure my cure.  The priests touched the left side saying the mantra Arhat..Arhat.  The pain and fever did not subside.   The priests then asked Sambandhar arrogantly: Who are you?  Sambandhar replied that he is from Siva of Seerkazhi and gave the 12 hollowed names of the town in a song.  He then applied Vibhuti on the right side of the king chanting a song called Namasivaya Padigam, the Decad of Panchakshara.  The king got cure on his right side but the pain doubled on the the left side!  The Jain priests were helpless.  Sambandhar then applied Vibhuti and prayed to Siva.  The right side also got completely cured.  He then gave his hand and asked the king to rise from bed.  As he stood up, Oh, his
hunchback also got cured.  He came to be called Ninra Seer Nedumaran, the "Nedumaran, who is upright and handsome!"  The king prosrated to Sambandhar and held his golden feet on his hands and cried.  The queen and the minister also stood with folded hands and shed tears.

The Jain priests meekly said:  He has used some magic spells. We can prove to him that our faith is the only true faith.  They wanted to challenge Sambandhar and Sambandhar readily agreed.

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

Arunachala Siva.