Indian Saint 36
In all religions in the world, we have messengers of God to guide the people
In Hinduism we have quite a few known as Nayanmars and Alwars
Sixty four Nayanmars* and twelve Alwars dedicated to spread their beliefs.
One such nayanars of Shaivism-followers of Lord Shiva-whose day is today.
Sirappuli Nayanar, a Nayanar saint, venerated greatly in Shaivism.
Counted as the thirty-fifth in the list of sixty three Nayanars.
HE is described to have served the devotees of the Lord Shiva
And worshipped the God with various ritual practices-sacred!.
Sirappuli Nayanar was born in Thiruvakkur , Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu.
A part of the Chola kingdom. a staunch devotee of Shiva, his family
Traditionally was memorizing and chanting the Vedas, most sacred scriptures.
Nayanar saint is praised as a “munificent giver” and called a “nimbus
Which rained wealth”. prostrated before devotees. spoke sweet words
To his guests, fed them and presented them with gifts. A great saint he was!
The images of the Nayanars are found in Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu.
I always include THIRUVALLUVAR as ONE OF THE Nayanmars and thus 63 nayanmars are 64