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The favorite abode of the divine father who has the ga.nga on His
head, the town in which the water in the canals become sweet due to the
rich honey beehives on well grown trees flowing with them, smelling which
a big army of gasps follow making lots of sound, hearing which the peacocks
dance to the tune, enjoying which the farm folks grow the grains and trees
making the land fertile - that beautiful land is called kanychARUr.
mAnakkanychARar was born in that town and was the chief
of the king's armed forces. His arms were mostly folded in saluting the Lord
who dances with swinging eight arms and His devotees, who have the character
of not depending on anybody other than the Lord Himself. He was the chief, but
was humble. He had a lot of wealth, but was simple. He had a lot of men to
serve him, but he served the devotees obediently. His orders led the entire
army, but he was waiting all the times for the devotees' orders.
He prayed to the graceful feet - that always resided in his heart,
which were difficult for brahma and vishNu to be seen - for
being blessed with an offspring, which he didn't have for a long time in his
married life. By His grace he got a beautiful girl child who later added
to his fame by her great deeds. He brought up that child, the boon of his
austerities, in a grand way that the entire town admired at. She grew up
with making the maids to run behind in the well decorated house to feed her
the sweet rice rich with milk and honey. Of course she was fed with the
unsaturating sweet of the love for shiva by her loving father. He took care
of all her needs and never allowed her to feel for affection. Thus she grew
up as the goddess of wealth, with beautiful ornaments decorating her always.
As she approached the age of getting married, the elders in the family of
one other wonderful devotee whose love for Him was so great that he could
not digest the Lord going as a messanger for a devotee (sun^dharar).
EyarkOna kalikkAma n^AyanAr was that groom. In fact it should be
said that mAnakkanychARar did not get one boon from the Lord, but two - the
boon of getting a marvelous devotee like EyarkOn kalikkAmar as the groom for
Both the families were happy about this wedding and they found a
suitable day for the marriage of those two roses. Eyarkon kalikkAmar
arrived in the town for wedding like the sun that rises in the east. Amidst
the sounds of drums and other music instruments played in the marriage
function that chalanged the sound of the thunder there arrived the Lord of
peculiar forms in the form of a yogi. He had ear ring ball that swings in
the air, holy thread decorating the chest, a cover holding the holy ash that
burns the source (of sufferings) into ashes. With His body shining like the
flame with holy ash smeared on it, He enetered the house of the devotee with
the feet that even yogis struggle to know and once seen they see nothing else.
As soon as he saw the shiva yOgi mAnakkanychARar fell down to His feet.
He was more than happy. It was a boon for him that a shiva yOgi graced the
occasion. For the giver of boons it was an occasion to show to the world
the excellent characters of His devotees. After getting His blessings
mAnakanychARar brought his clouds like wide beautiful haired daughter to get
the blessing of the sage. The God who obscures the illusion from the hearts
of devotees told in the form in which he had obscured that the beautiful
hair of his daughter will be useful for Him as panychavadi. He took
that statement as on order, as a boon; took his dagger cut off the dark pretty
hair of his daughter in a moment and presented to the sage. (In the tradition
cutting the hair of young females is not considered as a good sign. But for
out n^AyanAr the wish of the devotee is of utmost importance even though
it was the time of his daughters wedding).
He acted as accepting it and disappeared to show the devotee His form.
He appeared on the holy Bull of justice with the mother of the universe to His
left on the Bull amidst the rain of flowers that the dEvas offered. n^AyanAr
prostrated, cried out of the joy of seeing His graceful appearance, raised the
Lord with the best words of literature. The Lord said that It was a deed to
exhibit his love for God to the entire world and blessed His slave of
uncorrupted love. EyarkOn arrived then and came to know the great deed of
mAnakkanychARar. His heart was filled with the emotions of salutations to
mAnakkanychARar. Blessed were those eyes which saw the marriage of EyarkOn
with that girl who got her pretty hair back by the grace of the God who removes
the pains of one who salutes. Later mAnakkanychARar got the place under the
stable feet of the Lord. Let the readiness of mAnakkanychARa n^AyanAr to
sacrifice for the devotees even at the time of his loving daughters marriage
stay in the mind.
gurupUjai : mArkazi - swAdhi
Birth place of mAnakkanychAra nAyanAr