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Sisty Three Nayanar Saints

Sisty Three Nayanar Saints

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Published by: Catarina Moreira on Mar 26, 2011
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This saintwas apious AdiSaivaofSeruviliputhur. Hewas anardentSivaBhakta.Hewas a

Pujari (priest) in the temple. His daily duty was to bathe the image, uttering the Mantras and do the

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NAYANAR SAINTS

Puja,accordingtotheSivaAgamas.Onceafaminesweptoverthelandandhehadnomoneytobuy

food. He loved the deity and his daily duty so much that he did not like to leave the place in spite of

the starvation. He stuck to that place and continued the Puja. His body was emaciated. One day, in

spite of his weakness, he fetched water for the Lord’s Bath (Abhishekam) and, when he was

pouring the water on the Lingam, the water-pot slipped from his hand and fell on Him. Nayanar

forgot himself in sheer exhaustion and fainted away. The Lord appeared in his dream and said that

He would leave one coin in the temple every day till the famine was over so that he could procure

the necessary food with that money and appease his hunger. Nayanar woke up and found that the

dream was true! The Lord thus enabled His Bhakta to get over the famine. He continued his daily

Puja in the temple and finally reached the Lord’s Abode.

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