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The Puranam of Satthi Nayanar

(satthi nAyanAr purANam - Periyapuranam as English poetry)

        "I am servitor of the servitors of Satthi 
        Of heroic anklet, the Prince of Varinjaiyoor." 
                        - The Tiru-th-Tonda-th-Tokai. 
1.     Varinjaiyoor is in the Cauvery realm of the Cholas 
    Who by the puissance of their sole sceptre, erected 
    Columns of victory in all the eight directions and reigned; 
    In this city from the stalks of lotuses weeded out 
    By farmers, honey streamed forth and filled the tanks.        (4039) 
2.     In the truthful clan of Velaalas of Varanjaiyoor 
    He came to be born to invest it with greater glory; 
    He was a servitor unto the ankleted and redemptive 
    Feet of the Lord who could not be comprehended 
    By Brahma and other Devas.                    (4040) 
3.     He was endowed with the valiancy to pull out 
    The tongue of him who, in this world, slandered the servitors 
    Of the Heavenly Father, and slice it away; 
    He was called Satthiyaar.                    (4041) 

                                                Satthi Nayanar - The Puranam of Satthi Nayanar
4.     He would forcibly pull out with tongs the tongues 
    Of blasphemous sinners and cut them away 
    With sharp knives; thus he  flourished loftily 
    In the way of loving servitorship.                (4042) 
5.     Poised in such manly and divine servitorship 
    He served, in love his cause for many many days 
    In this ever-during world; thus, even thus, 
    He performed the redemptive servitorship 
    For the river-crested Lord.                    (4043) 
6.     He, the heroic and divine serviteur, performed 
    This true service, freed from doubt; thus he reached 
    The holy shade cast by the feet of the Lord of the Ambalam 
    Who dances for the deliverance of the world.            (4044) 
7.     Bowing at the feet of Satthiyaar who would slice away 
    To tongues of those that did not speak well 
    Of the Lord’s servitors, we would now describe the glory 
    Of Aiyatikal, the holy Kaatavar of great tapas.            (4045) 
Verse No. 
   1.    Varinjiyoor: Keezh-Velur (Kivaloor) is a famous town.  South-east of this place  
    is a village called Puducchery.  Varanjiyoor is to be reached from Puducchery.  
    In the temple, the idol of Satthi Naayanaar is installed. 
 3-4.    According to Tondar Adippodi Aazhwar, blasphemy is punishable with death.  
    (Thalaiyai aangke aruppathe karumam kandaai Arangkamaanakarulaane.) 
            Here ends the Puranam of Satthi Naayanaar 

Sincere thanks to Sri. T N Ramachandran of thanjavur, for permitting his English rendering of the holy text periyapurANam be published here.

See Also: 
1. Satthi Nayanar puranam in English prose 
2. சத்தி நாயனார் புராணம் (தமிழ் மூலம்) 
சத்தி நாயனார் புராணம் (உரைநடை)
4. Thiruthondar puranam main page
5. 12 Shaivite Thirumurais



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