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Sai

Ram Brothers & Sisters

 

This

is the continuation of the “Periyapuranam

Series”…………………..

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font-weight:bold">10. THIRUNALAIPPOVAR

NAYANAR

font-family:"Comic Sans MS"">On the banks of the river “Kallidam”

there was a village called Adanoor in the Chola kingdom.

font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:blue;font-weight:bold">Nandanar who belonged

to the untouchable/lower by caste was born in that village. He was an

embodiment of humility and devotion. Lord Shiva was his sole refuge. The real

affection only to the glorious feet of Lord Shiva, peerless, disciplined in his

profession were his characters. He would often visit the holy places of

pilgrimage, and supply leather drums and such other musical instruments that

are played in the worship of the Lord for the temples. When he went near the

temples, he always remained outside and worshipped the Lord mentally as he was

not allowed to go inside nay temples due to the caste he belonged.

The only hold he had throughout in all the hard times was the love, not

an ordinary love to die off at the meeting of obstacles, a determined, pure,

sincere love for the Almighty.

font-family:"Comic Sans MS"">Nandanar a man of immense love for the Lord, which

was probably not understood by anyone around other than that Lover Himself,

would stand outside the temple wherever he finds one, chant, sing , dance and

enjoy in that Glory that is Omnipresent. He wished to salute and serve the Shivalokanathan

of Thiruppunkar.

bold">With a gigantic interest to worship the God he came by the door side

straight in front of the Lord's altar. The holy Bull that is in front of the

Lord came in between his vision to the Lord as he had to stand outside the

temple.

font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:purple;font-weight:bold">The Lord Asutasha,

the Easily Pleased, knowing the ardent love of this splendid simple devotee

showered his grace by asking the Bull to move aside a little bit so that Nandanar

could see Him. He showed the world that it is the sincerity of

devotion that matters to Him and not the caste, creed or race. The differences

are only in the crooked eyes of the human beings and not in His graceful

vision.

bold">The humble devotee who was lifted to the top of the world saluted, bowed

down, fell down, prostrated. The poor devotee wanted to do whatever service he

can possibly do to the Lord of Shivaloka

bold">and dug a nice pond from the bad surroundings.

At the completion of service circumambulated the God and returned back to his

place happily.

font-family:"Comic Sans MS"">This way he went to many of the Lord's abodes to

salute and did whatever service he could.

color:blue;font-weight:bold">One of his ever unfulfilled wish was to see the “Ananda

Thandavam” (Blissful dance) of Lord Nataraja at Thillai. Though he had

the urge to go, he never went as he was part of the so called low caste birth.

Still he never dropped the thought of going, instead he would say, "I will

go tomorrow". (“Nalaippovan” means in Tamil that he would go

tomorrow. Hence he became known as “Thirunalaippovar”). This

tomorrow never arrived and many tomorrows went but he didn’t go. Finally when

he couldn’t bear it anymore, he convinced himself to go to Thillai.

font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:blue;font-weight:bold">Reaching the frontier

of that holy place, he saw the smoke from the sacrifices that were being made

and heard the sound of vedhas being chanted. Scared to enter the town that

appeared so holy, he circumambulated the town many times and out of fatigue he

slept there.

10.0pt;font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:purple;font-weight:bold">The Loving

Lord Shiva appeared in the slave's dream telling him to enter his holy abode through

fire

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"Comic Sans MS";color:purple;font-weight:bold">At the same time the Lord

appeared in the dreams of the priests of Thillai instructing the same to

them

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color:blue;font-weight:bold">The fearful priests came to the devotee and told

the Lord's saying. Feeling blessed the excellent devotee of the Lord whose love

can never be charred by any fire entered the flame praising the Holiest of the

holy things, His graceful feet.

bold">He emerged from the fire with a new holy body, with sacred ashes smeared

all over, the holy thread and matted locks.

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color:blue;font-weight:bold">He was then taken inside the temple by the

priests. In the Kanaka Sabha, he worshipped the Lord. He went into a divine

ecstasy and was completely absorbed in the dance of the Lord.

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color:purple;font-weight:bold">A dazzling light was seen in the room, and

Nandanar had disappeared. He had become one with Lord Nataraja

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font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:green;font-weight:bold">Let the steadfast devotion

of Thirunalaipovar Nayanar (Nandanar) toward the Lord, in spite of all the

obstacles he faced due to the lower caste he belonged, till he merged with the

Lord stay in our mind!!!!!!

font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:windowtext">Sai Ram

font-family:"Comic Sans MS";color:windowtext">Shivathmika

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