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gaNan^Atha n^AyanAr did the very much important and promotional
service for thae Lord and shaivam. It is the kind of service which is
very much required now. He didn't stop at doing service on his own but
rather trained a lot of enthusiatic people to do the service. This
organised service will give very good results. All the great teachers of
shaivam and sanathana dharma in general insist on the company of good
people - devotees. The collective worship is always followed and considered
superier since a long time. It gives way for people to learn, share good
thoughts and serve the society ina much better way. If our ancient sages
had not passed their marvelous explorations through their disciples and
books but had they only concentrated on thier personalised service and
development, the later generations would have walked in dark paths. Oh Lord!
Let your grace flow through each of us to the entire Universe.
chIrkAzi , where the Immortal with His inseperable shakti
resided in the time of one deluge, where the prodigy who brought the pride of
shaivam to shine like the Sun - thirunyAnachampan^dhar (1) was born, was the
place where gaNan^Atha n^AyanAr was born. He came in the family that considers
the holy vEdas as their life. He excelled in his endeavours to do all the kinds
of services to the elegant Lord who appeared in the boat there. His love for
that Luminant Lord was overwhelming; his inclination to do the services was
surplus; his mindset for doing the perfect work for that Perfect God was
powerful; hence his hardwork was blessed by the hara to be great.
Like the pond which distributes the water it has accumulated to the entire
town, he trained a number of interested blessed souls in His work. Lot of
people were attracted by his perfection in love and service like the bees are
attracted by the flower full of honey. It is the service that is the ultimate
He trained them in many fields depending upon the skills required
and the skills the persons possess. Growing and maintaining the gardens in
the temple that give the garlands for the God, plucking the fresh flowers
of flowing honey, making many mind-stealing garlands with them for the most
beautiful mahEsha , collecting chill and clean water as well as
cow-milk etc. for the anointment of the Lord of creatures, removing the dust
from the temple of the Resurrector who removes the rot from the heart of real
devotees, washing the floors and vessels, illuminating the abode of the
Luminant with oil lamps, chanting of charactors of the Charming shiva were
some among the services he trained them. He led an entire mass in the path
of liberation. He transformed the society to be disciplined and delightful by
doing the dearest of all services to the Lord.
With the wealth of truth, love and service he led his wedded life
leading to the achievement of the goal of the family life. Offering respect
and doing the needful he was a servant of devotees. He had a great respect
for the boon of this world, thirunyAnachampan^dhar who removed the pests of
false and immature philosaphy. His words and thoughts inspired him a lot.
He lived for those high philosaphies transmitting the light to all around.
He became the gaNan^Atha (Head of the group) of the shiva devotees
(the soldiers of the Lord) at the abode of the Omnipresent. Let the splendid
service of gaNan^Atha n^AyanAr lead and stay in the mind.
gurupUjai : pangkuni - thiruvAthirai.
Birth place of gaNanAtha nAyanAr
1. thirunyAna champan^dhar