IS* Indian Saints and Seers 36
India that is Bharat, my sacred Motherland gifted great saints and Seers
In all religions practiced in this holy land! For thousands of years past
Guide us for a life of nobility and peace, plenty and prosperity
Nayanmars Sixty Three pillars of Saivism- branch of Hinduism- Divinity!
One is ATHIPATHTHA NAYANAR-a fisherman by profession-devotee of Shiva
Out of extreme piety- devotion- used to offer one of the best catches
To Shiva every day.Even only one in a particular day, it
Will be offered to Lord and Nayanar used to return home empty handed!
To check his devotion, Lord Shiva made one fish of gold studded with gems
And made it to the net of Athipaththar-only one for the whole day-
Nayanar as per practice offered that fish of Gold to Shiva HIMSELF
Hence he finds a place in the list of Nayanars. Let us invoke HIS grace!
(There is going to be a series of posts on Nayanmars in deference to the wishes of an esteemed viewer Shankar of Pondicherry)