In the choza kingdom was the village thiruth thalaiyUr. In that town pachupathiyAr was born in the tradition of chanting the holy vEdas. pashupatiyAr had great love for the pati who like the Sun appears to shed down the pAsam that mounts on the pasus. That pati is the supreme thing taught by the vEdas. In the vEdas the holy hymn that takes the central stage is shrI rudraM(1). This holy hymn has in its bosom the holy most ma.ntra for any shaivite that is namaH shivAya, the shiva panychAxaraM. This is one vEdic hymn chanted at any major worship of Lord shiva.
n^AyanAr's principle was to keep chanting this holy hymn at which the Essence of vEdic knowledge gets pleased. In the dawn when the birds start chirping, the bees tune their rhythm, the sky wakes up with a reddish eye and the Sun ball brisking up, he would go to the pond on which cool water the flame colored lotuses blossom their face to receive the day and stand in the pool with the water drowning till his neck. Like the lotus buds he would keep the hands above his head in the posture of saluting with the blooming lotus of his face budding droplets in devotion in the rhythm that is prescribed by the ancestors n^AyanAr would chant the Holy rudram with the petal like feet of the Almighty delighting on his bosom lotus.
The constant flow of his love incensed by the superior mantra anointed the Lord in the dawn and the day. His austerity, love and the holiness of the hymn got the blessing of the Lord who is difficult even for the celestial powers to know. With that grace of God the devotee of continuous chanting reached the abode of the Lord painlessly. He, having got the coveted place by the chanting of the holy rudram is called uruththira pachupathi (rudra pashupati) n^AyanAr. Let the greatness of chanting His holy hymn as proven by the life of uruththira pachupathi n^AyanAr stay in mind.
Gurupujai : Purattaasi - Ashvini
1. Shri Rudram