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Sisty Three Nayanar Saints

Sisty Three Nayanar Saints

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InTiruchenkattangudiintheCholakingdom,therelivedaSivaBhaktabynameParanjyoti.

Hiswasafamilyofarmycommanders.HehimselfwastheCommander-in-ChiefoftheCholaking.

He realised that devotion to the Feet of Lord Siva was the best means of obtaining Liberation from

Samsara and so, he clung to Them.

Once, at the instance of his king, he waged war with a North Indian king, defeated him and

returned with a big booty. The king was highly pleased. The minister informed the king that

Paranjyotiar was able to achieve the victory because of his intense devotion to Lord Siva. This

shocked the king, who was a Siva Bhakta himself: he regretted having compelled a Siva Bhakta to

wage a bloody war. He called Paranjyotiar, apologised for having sent him, a Siva Bhakta to war,

and, after giving him rich presents, sent him back to his village, with the request that he should

henceforth engage himself in His Puja. Paranjyotiar returned to his village and from that time was

engaged in the worship of the Lord and His Bhaktas. He would not eat without first feeding a Siva

Bhakta. He regarded himself as the lowly servant of the Lord and His Bhaktas: hence the name

Siruthondar (small servant).

LordSivawantedtobringoutthegloryofthisnoblesaint.So,onedayHeappearedinfront

of Siruthondar’s house, in the guise of a Vairavar (a special class of Siva Yogis). He enquired of

Siruthondar’s maid-servant, Sandana Nangaiyar, whether her master was at home. She said: ‘No,

he has gone in search of a Siva Bhakta, without feeding whom he would not take his food.’ But,

afraid lest this Siva Yogi should go away, she entreated him to come into the house. The mendicant

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wouldnot:‘Ishallnotenterthehouseinwhichawomanisalone.’Siruthondar’swifeTiruvengattu

NangaiyarheardthesewordsandcameouthurriedlyandprayedtotheVairavartostayinthehouse

till the husband returned. The Vairavar repeated his objection and said: ‘When he comes back tell

him I am under the tree near the temple.’ The Vairavar went away.

Immediately afterwards, Siruthondar returned. His wife told him all that had happened in

hisabsence.SiruthondarwasoverjoyedbecausehewasunabletofindanyotherBhaktathatday.At

once he ran to the temple and fell at the feet of the Vairavar and invited him to the house for

Bhiksha.TheVairavar,however,hesitatedandremarked:‘Idoubtwhetheryouwillbeabletofulfil

the exacting conditions I shall demand for accepting your Bhiksha: so, better leave me alone.’

Siruthondarwasgreatlygrieved.HehadthoughtthatthismendicanthadbeenspeciallysentbyGod

to enable him to adhere to his vow and feed a Bhakta every day. He was prepared to meet any

demand from the Bhakta, if only he agreed to take the Bhiksha. Now, the mendicant revealed his

condition: ‘Oh devotee, it is my habit to eat once in six months the fresh meat of a Pasu. That time

has now come. I doubt whether you will satisfy me.’ This word Pasu has two meanings: an animal

and a human being. Siruthondar thought that the mendicant only meant animal meat: and readily

agreed! To his surprise, however, the mendicant revealed that meant human flesh! He also added:

‘Oh friend, it should be the meat of a child. The child should be five years of age. He must be

healthy. He should be the only son of his parents. Such a boy must be held by the mother and cut

into pieces by his father. This meat must be cooked nicely and offered to me.’ Without the least

hesitation, Siruthondar accepted conditions and took the mendicant home.

How to find a boy of the mendicant’s description? Siruthondar thought of his own son who

fitted the description. The noble wife agreed, too, and asked him to get the child from school. As

soon as he came the mother held him on her lap. The innocent child was laughing when

Siruthondar,withonestrokecuthisthroat.Theheadisgenerallyunfitforcooking,andisnotfitfor

being offered to the Lord. So, they gave it away to the maid-servant and began to cook, the rest of

the meat. After worshipping the mendicant, Siruthondar was preparing to offer him Bhiksha. The

mendicant ascertained the method adopted by them in cooking the meat and Nayanar explained

everything(exceptthefactthatitwastheirownsonthattheyhadsacrificed).Themendicantsaidhe

wouldeatthehead,too.Themaid-servanthadanticipatedthisandhadtheheadcookedandready.

Once again, Siruthondar requested the Yogi to have his meal. Now, the Yogi wanted

another Siva Bhakta to eat with him: and there was no one except the Nayanar himself. So, he sat

withtheYogi,readytoeatthefleshofhisson,topleasetheYogi.Yet,onemoreconditionhadtobe

fulfilled! The Yogi said that unless the host’s son ate with him, he would not eat! Nayanar tactfully

explained that his son was not in the house and so could not join with them. But, the Yogi insisted:

‘Go out and call for him: he will come.’ Nayanar wanted to obey the Yogi and did as the Yogi had

askedtodo.Wonderofwonders:theyoungboycamerunningtothefatherassoonasthefatherhad

criedaloud:‘Sirala,comehere:theYogiwantsyoutoeatwithhim.’Theparentswereastonishedto

see their child, Siralan come back to life. They entered the kitchen, but could not find the Yogi

there. The meat had also disappeared! As they were searching for the Yogi, the Lord appeared

before them, blessed them and took them to His Abode.

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