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pukazch chOza nAyanAr
The center from which the venturous early chOzas, who had fluttered their flag in the cliffs of Himalayas, ruled was uRaiyUr. As it was the capital, it had the movement of courageous corps and all the four kinds of fighting forces. It had the array of beautiful cliff-high houses. As the crown at the center is the temple of the crescent headed God, pa.nchavarNeshwarar, who showed Himself in five colors to a sage in this colorful city. It is now at the center of the city thiruchchirAppaLLi.
pukazch chOzar whose name has got fame in it and whose deeds were fountain of fame was a king who ruled from that famous city. He was an emperor with the kings of the entire region keen on saluting his valor and accept his rule. But he was a slave of the shambhu and His selfless slaves. Shaivism spread its fragrance over the far reaching frontiers of his state. Temples of the Three eyed Lord had timely worships with tremendous devotion. The needs of devotees were taken care of by the caring king before they cared to ask. Peace and prosperity were predominant in that place and in the minds of the people. His respect for the devotees was so great that when his royal elephant was killed by eRipaththar for straying down the flowers meant for the feet of God, he bowed down before eRipaththar and said, "It is not sufficient to just kill that elephant for the crime done, please kill me too".
Once he went to karuvUr, the traditional city of chOzas, accompanied by courtmen and beloved relations. He bowed in front of the Lord in karuvUr whose bow is the great mountain, before going to his bungalow. The gems of the empires were submitted to him by the kings who surrendered to his strength and love. He came to know that only one king adhiakan volunteered the trouble of not accepting his empire. As it was the tradition of the kings he ordered his four forces to overrun the fort of the foe. The powerful, plenty in number and courageous army of pukazch chOzar powdered the fort of enemy in the fight. They brought the heap of heads to show their valor to the king. He was petrified to see a head with plaited hair which is a mark of the devotee.
Though it was the custom of the kings of olden days to fight and enlarge the frontiers, our peerless king felt it was a crime that had happened. He said in all sadness, "Is it the way I am ruling the empire ? Even after seeing the matted head of a devotee how am I still governing, with grayed fame ?". He ordered the ministers to guide the new king, his son, in the right path of God and to the gloom of them he decided to give up his life. He, smeared in holy ash, held the matted haired head in a golden plate and entered the fire with the glory of the God quenching his heart. He entered the feet of Lord unreachable for nonbelievers with the increase of enchanting of his fame. Let the devotion of pukazch chOzar in which that king bowed to eRipaththar for the mistake of his elephant, and out of which he sacrificed his body for the mistake of his soldiers stay in the mind.
gurupUjai : Adi - kruththikai
Birth place of pukazh chOzha nAyanAr