In the chOza kingdom is the town thiruch chAththa maN^gai. In that town hailing from the tradition of singing vEdhAs, born the lover of the shri nIlakaNTha by name n^Ila n^akkanAr. Knowing the vEdhAs he derived that the wisdom is to serve the River crowned Lord and His devotees and he followed it with a loving heart. He would do everyday with deep humbleness the worship of Lord shiva. Then he would host feast for the devotees and do all the needful for them. Catching strong this discipline he went in the way of the Perfect Lord .
One auspicious Adhirai(1) day after performing the prayers as said in the worship scriptures at home, he went along with his loving wife, with all the substances for the worship in abundance to the temple of the Lord of ayavan^thi. He offered the Lord the flowers and other holy substances and prostrated in front of Him. Completing the pUja with an unsaturated love he circumambulated the abode and was meditating with the Holy Five Letters. At that time a spider slipped on the Sound bodied Lord. n^AyanAr's companian in life who was standing nearby, like a mother who blows off the spider on a young child, blew to drive away the insect. She was loving so much the Lord that she did it quite instantly. n^AyanAr appalled by his wife's deed, asked her in a shivering voice, what she did. She replied that as the spider fell on the Lord she had to blow the spider off. n^Ilan^akkar said it was against the Agamic teachings, she should have used some other means than blowing from mouth as saliva could fall on the Lord. He made consecretion worships to plead for forgivence for her deed. He left his wife there in anger.
The Sun went down in the West horizon. n^AyanAr went asleep in his house. His wife who did the act of love on Lord, unable to refute n^AyanAr's order stayed back in the temple. In that night the Lord who is pleased more with love than with rituals, appeared in his dream. That Painless Lord showed His body and said, " Look ! This is where she blew and this part is quite alright whereas the other side is swelling because of the spider". Who knows the act of God who is beyond body or form shows up a swelling in order to help His loving devotee !! trirun^Ilan^akkar shocked by what the Lord told, praised Him, danced and yelled. The next dawn he rushed to the abode of the Lord of ayavan^thi fell down on His rescuing feet, adored Him and brought his loving wife back home. He continued his service to the Lord and the devotees with complete love.
Hearing the marvelous songs of thiunyAnachampan^dhar(2) and his marvels, n^Ilan^akkar developed a great wish to see him and serve him. He got the information that champan^dhar along with thirun^IlakaNda yAzpANar(3) and a group of devotees coming towards thiruch chAththa maN^gai worshiping many abodes. Hearing that boon like message he decorated the way with flowers and leaves. He went forward dancing and singing His praise to welcome the young saint. He hosted the devotees in his house. In the Sunset thirunyAnachampan^dhar requested thirun^Ilan^akkar to give a place of yAzpANar and his wife. Our great n^AyanAr gave the place where the sacred fire is grown in vEdhic worship, to that devotional music couple. The falseness of birth dependent humiliation of people was thwarted off. When people have dedicated themselves to that Raceless Lord , what is there in between them to consider high or low ? The ritual fire at that central hall where yAzpANar along with his wife resided glowed very bright.
thirunyAnachampan^dhar sang in his hymn mentioning the great devotee thirun^Ilan^akkar. Later when champan^dhar left the town, unable to break his order n^AyanAr stayed back. But he lived praising His grace and the marvel of champan^dhar. At the time of champan^dhar's wedding he played major role in the rituals (pouring the rice that is fried in the ritual fire). He saluting the Lord's perumaNam merged in the shiva jyOti that appeared in the wedding celebration to reside under the Feet that is praised by holy scriptures. Let the service and equality in the vision of this great thirun^Ilan^akka n^AyanAr stay in mind.
gurupUjai : vaikAci - mUlam