Chruthunai Nayanar

kadidhu muRRi maRRavaLthan karumen kUn^dhal pidiththIrththup ,<br /> padiyil vIzththi maNimUkkaip paRRip paramar cheyyachadai ,<br /> mudiyil ERun^ thiruppUmaN dapaththu malarmOn^ dhidummUkkaith ,<br /> thadivan enRu karuviyinAl arin^dhAr thalaimaith thaniththoNdar

Chruthunai Nayanar was born in Keezh Thanjavur.  He was a passionate and a disciplined devotee of Lord Sri Moolanathar with his consort Goddess Sri Akilandeswari. He was practiced a strict method of worship of Lord and used untainted materials for the worship of Supreme Lord. Once, King Kazharsingar along with his Queen made a visit to the temple of Lord Tyagaraja at Thiruvarur with their escorts. The King was transcended to the world of ecstasy after visualizing the mesmerizing beauty of Lord. In the meantime, Queen was gracefully moving through the circumambulatory paths observing the enthralling beauty of the environment. At one moment, her eyes get caught of a beautiful hall and its dais. At the center of the hall there was heaps of alluring fresh flowers of various fragrances which was kept for making garlands out of it for the worship of Lord. Instantly, a gorgeous flower fallen down from the dais which was picked by the Queen and smelt it.

Thiru Cheruthunai Nayanar was happened to observe the Queen’s movement.  He was totally annoyed by her act; he had strict disciplined manners in the worship of Lord and purity of materials used for the worship of Supreme Lord. It was most frustrating moment for him, he rushed off his feet and cut down her nose for the sin she had committed. The queen was traumatized at the behavior of Thiru Cheruthunaiyar and withered in pain. Soon, King Kazharsingar joined at the spot, he was utterly shocked to see his dearest wife shivering and screaming out of pain. Thiru Cheruthinaiyar explained the state of affairs to the King Kazharsingar. The King scrutinized the situation and declared that the punishment for polluting the flower which was kept for offering to Lord was the severe sin committed and the verdict followed to chop her hands down for picking the flower kept for the worship. At once, there were flowers trickled from the sky appreciating the uprightness of King Kazharsingar and Thiru Cheruthunai Nayanar.


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