"I am a servitor of the servitors of Appalum Ati-ch-Chaarnthaar"
- The Tiru-th-Tonda-th-Tokai.
1. Those devotees that dwell beyond the realms of the three
Tamil monarchs and who are blessed with at-one-ment
With the feet of the First One, and those serviteurs
That flourished before the advent of the holy
Tiru-th-Tonda-th-Tokai inseparable from the lips
Of Nampi Aaroorar and those that would flourish after
Its advent, for ever linked to the feet of the Lord
Whose flag sports the Bull and in whose flower-bedecked
And long matted hair adampu, tumpai, Ganga and Konrai
Flourish, are indeed hailed as Appaalum Ati-ch-Chaarnthaar.” (4169)
2. When he was on his way to the opulent Tirumurukanpoondi
Of the Lord who with His bow of Mount Meru
Burnt the triple hostile cities, all the heaps of riches
Wrenched from (his retinue) by the encircling bowmen,
Were borne by the pre-eminent Bhootha Ganas of the Lord
Who is concorporate with Uma of ever-tender breasts;
Such was his boundless beatitude; so, I, the humble servitor
Should have truly wrought great tapas in my previous births
To hail his aukleted feet divine. (4170)
Servitors of Siva are ubiquitous. There was no time when these were not. In one
sense Prof. Shulman, Prof. Yocum, Ms. Koppedrayer and the like come under this
category. May their tribe increase.
Place or time cannot constrict them. They flourish for ever. It is these who really,
actually and factually sustain Saivism. Their number is legion.
Here ends the Puranam of Appaalum Ati-ch-Chaarnthaar
Sincere thanks to Sri. T N Ramachandran of thanjavur, for permitting his English rendering of the holy text periyapurANam be published here.