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The Story of Manickavasagar

Tiruvadhavoor is a village near Madurai.  In this village was born to a pious couple, a son, whom we know as Vadhavooran (born in Vadhavoor- hence). Vadhavooran’s father belonged to the saivite temple priest clan. Vadhavooran was a very bright child who mastered various subjects, scriptures of various religions and arts before he was sixteen […]

Tirunavukkarasar- The ruler of speech.

This is the story of another of the famous Nayanmars,  Tirunavukkarasar. Tirunavukkarasar literally means ‘Ruler of the tongue’ (speech) and this title was bestowed upon this Nayanmar by Lord Shiva himself. He is counted as one of the ‘Nalvars’ or foursome who extensively sang on Lord Shiva. In the 7th century AD, in the village […]

The Story Of Amaraneedhi Nayanar

Amaraneedhi was a rich merchant belonging to the town of Pazhayarai which was the ancient day capital of the Chola kingdom.  It still exists with the same name in Tanjore District of Tamilnadu, India. Amaraneedhi traded in gold, gems, jewellery and silks. He was a very honest trader and also an ardent Shiva devotee. Though […]

Karaikkal Ammayar

  This is the story of one of the three women Nayanmars out of the sixty three Nayanmars (saints who were devotees of Lord Shiva) In the present day town of Karaikkal near Pondicherry,  near about 6th century BC, there was a merchant by name Dhanadattan who lived with his wife Dhanalakshmi Ammal. They had […]

The Story Of Nandanar

  This is my 50th post on this blog and I thank all of you readers for the consistent encouragement which keeps the blog going! This is the story of yet another Nayanar, by name Tirunaalaippovar, who is more popularly known as Nandanar. On the banks of the river Kollidam, in Tamilnadu, there was this […]

The Story Of How Tirugnanasambandar Revived Poompavai

In the present day Mylapore (in Chennai), there lived a merchant by name Shivanesan during the period of Tirugnanasambandar (7th Century AD). Shivanesan was a prosperous merchant who owned ships and traded in gold and precious gems. He was a devotee of Lord Shiva and greatly revered all Shaivite saints, especially  Tirugnanasambandar about whom he […]

The Story Of Appoodhi Adigal – one of the sixty-three Nayanmars

This is the story of Appoodhi Adigal who is one of the sixty three saivite saints (Nayanmars). Appoodhi was a Brahman living in Thingaloor, which is situated near Tiruvaiyaru of Tanjore District. He was a great philanthropist as he believed that service to mankind was service to God. He built many buildings, roads etc. and […]

The story of Kannappa Nayanar

This is the story of one of the sixty-three Nayanars (Saivite saints) Kannappa Nayanar. Kannappa Nayanar  was born Thinnan , in a place called Uduppur near the present day Srikalahasti to the Chieftain of the hunting tribe, Nagan. Thinnan was born after lot of penance by his parents and so was the apple of their […]

The Story of Thirugnanasambandar

In the old city of Seerkali in Tamilnadu, lived a brahmin by name Sivapadahrudaya. He and his wife Bhagavathi Ammal were ardent Shiva Devotees and they used to pray to the presiding deity of the town Lord Shiva who was known by the name Thoniyappar. In course of time Bhagavathi Ammal gave birth to a […]

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