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In the town n^AttiyaththAn kudi was the devotee
kOtpuli n^AyanAr born. He came in a traditional agricultural
family. His victory in feeling the Supreme Lord shiva made him a devotee
and his valour made him the captain of the chOza army. The wealth
he got from the king fighting the wars, he offered to make food in the
temples of the Lord who won the three cities by His smile. The service
continued for years with love and obedience for the Lord claded with snakes.
One time he was requested by the king to go on a battle. With
sincere devotion he made a stockpile of rice grains for the service of
the Lord that would serve till the time he comes back. Before leaving
he called all his relatives and conveyed them gently that the food
stock had been made for the service of the Lord and if anybody attempts
to disturb it they would become the victim of his wrath. He proceeded
on his duty to the battlefield.
When he was fighting the war, after some days there was a drought
in his town. Unable to get food, the relatives thought they would take the
food from the stock instead of starving and could put back the grains
later compensating for it. So they used the food from the stock meant
for the Lord by the devotee. When the n^AyanAr who returned from the
battlefield heard about the deed of the relatives in not sticking to
the discipline of not touching the possession of God, he was infuriated.
He wanted to punish them all for their deed.
He invited all his relatives for a feast at his palace and
announced that they would be given gifts and clothes in the feast.
When all of them assembled at his place, he not bothering that it was
his relatives who did it and thinking only that it was against the
discipline and order, he killed all of them with his weapon. The
Three eyed Lord appeared on the Holy Bull with pArvati
appreciating his neutrality and sincerity, told him that all his relatives
had been given place in the heaven and took the great devotee who stood
for his service with Him to the blissful abode. Let the sincerity of
kOtpuli n^AyanAr stay in the mind.
gurupUjai : ADi - kEttai
Birth place of kOtpuli nAyanAr