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There is a saying that there is a woman behind a successful man.
How great this inspiring lady by name thilakavathiyAr (she is
really thilaka for the womankind!!) should have been to make not just a
successful man but a great sage, thinking of even whose name would induce
an ocean of love for that dancing Lord in oneself - that great
thirun^Avukkarachar perumAn . (1)
There was a small kingdom called thirumunaippAdi in the
chOza empire region. There was this small town of great people called
thiruvAMUr . In the family that cultivates the plants in the fields
and that cultivates superior discipline in action lived the couple
pukazanAr , mAdhiniyAr . Like the goddess of wealth who comes out
from the blooming lotus, as a boon for the devotees thilakavathiyAr was born
to them. A few years later there was born the seer of untiring service
thirun^Avukkarachar . That twice blessed couple brought up those
two children as the two eyes.
When thilakavathiyAr became thirteen kalippakaiyAr who
was born in a family of similar respect, having lots of respect for the Lord
with matted hair, highly generous and decorated by his good qualities and
valiance, the colonel of the king proposed through elderly people to get
married to her. pukazanAr agreed for the marriage and the festivities started.
In that period there came a war with the a king from north for which
kalippakaiyAr went to lead the army before getting married. Meanwhile proving
the transienceof the life her father fell sick and went to heaven. In that
shock his chaste wife mAdhiniyAr also left her mortal body to join her
husband. With loss of both the parents thilakavathiyAr and her brother
maruNIkkiyAr (thirun^Avukkarachar) were drowning in the ocean of sadness.
By the time their relatives consoled them they got the information that
kalippakaiyAr became martyr in the battlefield.
She thought that her loving mother and father wanted her to get
married to kalippakaiyAr, so she wanted to join his soul. Shocked by her
decision maruNIkkiyAR fell in her feet to say that already he had lost the
parents but would not be able to bear it if she also decides to leave him
alone. For the sake of the survival of her brother she decided to stay alive
renouncing all the pleasures with the heart that has love for all the lives.
maruNikkiyAr did lot of good services to come out of his sorrows.
When maruNikkiyAr was exploring the concepts of instability in
human lives he was illusioned by the Jain philosaphies and joined the
group where nonviolance was apparent but not. While this was the case for
maruNIkkiyAr thilakvathiyAr spent more of her attention in the Almighty
taken abode in the place thirivadhikai , where He burnt the three
impurities. Wearing the holy symbols of Lord shiva she did holy services
like brooming the temple and then washing the floor with the purifying cow
dung, making garlands for the God. She was worshipping the God with a heavy
heart to rescue her brother from falling into the sins who had fell in the
trap of an incomplete religion. The prayers that are done with love
and truthfulness though may take time will surely fetch good results.
The graceful Lord decided to answer her prayer. He gave a heavily painful
stomach-ache to maruNIkkiyAr.
The Jain groups tried their best to cure his pain but in vain. When
they washed their hands off maruNIkkiyAr sent a person to his sister. That
mother like sister who was strong in her determination conveyed clearly that
she would not leave the abode of the Lord to come to the place of Jains.
Her love for the brother was quite high, because of which she wanted not
only his rescue from the serious stomach-ache but also wanted his rescue
from his ignorance of not praying Lord shiva. As the Lord intended to bless
maruNIkkiyAr, he decided to leave the company of Jains and reach the feet of
thilakavathiyAr. To the crying brother who fell at her feet she told you
who dwelled in unclear philosaphies get up and serve the
Lord who liberates.
She took him to the abode of the Lord in thiruvadhikai and gave the
wealth of Holy ash saying the beautiful five letters of the Lord. He humbly
wore the Holy ash that removes the ignorance and praised the Lord with the
padhikam(song) kURRAyinavARu vilakkakilIr that brings the tears of
love, with his great love for Him raising over the peaks to illuminate the
entire world to wipe away ignorance. The King of all medicines, that Lord
sha.nkara relieved him from his pain, made him
thirun^Avukkarachar and put him to the bliss. That marvelous female
saint to whom the devotees would be thankful continued her service to sit in
the bliss with the Lord. Let the great deed of thilakavathiyAr which gave a
peerless saint called appar perumAn stay in the mind.
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