Among the twenty five forms that are most praised the chaNdEshanugraha
mUrti (1) is one. It is the form of Lord blessing the chaNdEsha n^AyanAr for
the great deed he did. In fact chaNdEsha n^AyanAr is one of the five forms that
are worshipped in all the temple festivals even today (others being
vinAyakar, subhramaNyar, saha umA ska.ndar (2), shakti ). He has a special
place in all the temples, where the water after anointing the Lord falls out.
Anybody before leaving the temple after worship must take the permission from
chaNdEsha n^AyanAr sitting in that place for taking any of the material as
the left over blessing ( prasAdham ) from the God. Needless to say
he is praised in the honey like twelve thirumuRais in many places.
The great deed he did in his young age will moralise one who comes to know
about it. To write that excellent devotion, this is an effort similar to
an illiterate explaining a sophisticated literature.
The Lord muruga who blew the mountain that was the form of
illusion with the shUla of knowledge, gave the town of vedic soundful, called
thiruch chEynyalUr . With the sweet sound emerging from the vEdic
schools where young boys sit around the master like the stars surrounding the
moon and chant the holy vEdAs without changing the format prescribed for
chanting, making sound as if there is a perinnial thunder. The cows that give
the five special substances that are used in the worship and the rituals move
in huge numbers in that town. Like the music that is the use of rhythm, sight
that is the use of eyes, the Holy five letters that are the use of
thinking , the rain that is the use of the sky, the
shaivam that is the use of the vEdas , that town was the use
of the world. It was one of the five towns where the chOzas used to
have their crowning ceremony.
Among the people who chant the vEdas in that town came a person called
echcha thaththan in the kAshyapa gOthram (tradition
founded by sage kashayapar). Like the snake that gives that both gem and
poison, he was the form of both good and bad deeds. His wife came in a good
family, chaste in her heart, blessed for getting a son of unlimited fame.
For the truth of shaivam grow, she gave birth to the kid by name vichAra
chrumanAr . Like the bud that gets the scent of the flower as it blossoms
he experienced the vEdic knowledge as a continuation of his previous birth's
knowledge when he became five. When he was seven they did the upanayanam
ritual for him. To the wonder of others he knew the arts that are worth
knowing in his young age, but still as in the tradition he went to the school.
That small aged, wide knowledged prodigy realised that, "The ultimate thing
is the Holy feet that dances in the ambalam ". In the bliss of slavery
to the shiva who sang the vEdas, his love for Him multiplied as an avalanche.
One day he saw the sheperd hitting a cow in the herd with a rod heavily.
His heart which always beats on love, couldn't bear this. The cows are the
superior creatures of all in the world. All the holy waters reside in them.
They give the five holy substances that the Lord like the most for anointing.
They give birth to the raw materials used for the preparation of the holy ash.
They belong to the same family of the holy Bull Lord who carries the Lord
always. Thinking of these greatness of cows, he told the sheperd that from
then on he would take over the control of that cows. He took the cows every
morning to the places where they will get enough grass to graze. If there is
not enough he would pluck and give them. After they get enough food and water
he would make them sit in a cool shady place. He prottected them from the
attack of other animals. When they gave the milk he used to duely produce it
to the appropriate owner without failure. Under his supervision the cows
lived in peace, multiplied and gave milk in huge quantities than one could
expect. That made the people happy about him.
Excited by his care the cows came to this child instead of their calfs,
and started giving milk automatically without anybody sucking it out. This
became an indication to him for the anointment of the Lord who best likes the
bathing in holy substances than anything else as worship. With the enthusiasm
to worship the Almighty that gives the perinnial bliss to the worshipper,
he made a form of It, constructed a temple out of the sand as a play. He brought
the leaves and flowers from the shrubs surrounding to offer to the matted
hair of the Lord. When he went to the cows they all gave him a lot of milk.
Putting his heart under His feet, the flowers over His golden hair, he started
anointing the milk like sweet God with milk and his love replacing the other
substances that were not available to him for the worship. The cows gave the
same amount of milk to their houses as well in spite of giving for the worship
of the small but adorable devotee. This devotion and worship grew as the days
One day a passerby, who had no sight to see the God, saw only the His
form made of sand to which out n^AyanAr was anointing with milk. He went and
told the people that the young vEdic boy is wasting the milk pouring to the
sand (!) The town counsil enquired echcha thaththan about this. Nobody
realised the presence of the Lord in the sand form nor the devotion of the
young prodigy nor about the respect they have to give to the worship and
not even the fact that they were getting more milk than they used to get
before after the vEdic young boy took over that job. echcha thaththan told
the counsil that he would take proper action to prevent any such things
happening in the future. He came back home afetr the evening worship, didn't
tell anything to his son, but wanted to find out for himself what happens.
After our n^AyanAr started from home with the cows, he followed without
our n^AyanAr noting it and hid over a tree.
With the truthful bhakti n^AyanAr made the form of the Lord
and His abode out of the sand as he did everyday, put the flowers and leaves
on the head that is ornated by bones and skulls and statrted anointing with
the milk that cows gave out of affection. Unable realise the dedication of
his young son and appreciate it, he saw only through the mask of his own
defined duty. Hence angered heavily, he beat the n^AyanAr heavily many times.
But what n^AyanAr was doing was not just a kid's play. It was the thapas
that is full of love. He knew then nothing but shiva, the milk that
He enjoys. The beating never pained him. He was well out of bodily feelings
and was in the state of bliss. Irked by this echcha thaththan kicked the milk
pot that he was pouring on Lord's head. Our n^AyanAr realised that it was his
father who did that crime. But in complete neautrality he realised that it is
the God who wears the water in His head to be the only relation for the real
"I" (pashu). When a person does a sinful deed against the Lord it should not
matter what the relationship is, but misdeed is misdeed. That great young boy
whom the world salutes took a stick that lied nearby. It became an axe. He
threw it on echcha thaththan, which cut his legs that did the sinful deed and
disturbed the worship. He fell down on the sand. The loveful devotee
continued the worship.
The Lord delighted by the impartial behavior of his love came on the
holy Bull accompanied by His consort with the praise of the sages and the
chanting of vEdas. The kid prostrated the King of love. mahaAdEva
took, hugged and kissed him, "You punished even your father for My service.
Now I am your father". The importance he gave to the service of the Lord made
the God who trancedes everything to be his father. By age he was young, but
he taught the entire world the lesson of service. The child who was touched by
the Lord of luminent form appeared with the luminance of thousands of Suns.
The Lord of universe made him the head of His devotees and said,
"Everything the vessels of food, the ornamets and dress that are offered
are for you after my usage, and you are given the great name "chaNdIshan"
" and crowned his shining hair with the konRai
garland with the crescent in it. (He got a form of liberation called
sArUpyam where the liberated soul gets the appearence of the Lord
with three eyes, crescent crown, axe and deer and bull vehicle.) Amidst
the flower rain by the people of heaven and praise by the good hearted, with
the path of shaivam illuminated he accompanied the Lord. His father who
was corrected also got the shivalOka entry with the family. Let his fame be
hailed who became the son of the Lord for the great dead. Let the impartial
nature of chaNdEsha n^AyanAr's service and his excellent love for the crescent
crowned shiva stay in the mind.