In the olden thoNdai n^Adu is the town thirun^inRavUr that had the disciplined people of vEdhic knowledge living. n^AyanAr was born in the vEdhic chanting tradition of that town. He learnt the vEdhAs and excelled in its wisdom. Living as a disciplined devotee he kept all the feeling of the mind to the One who enters through emotion and grew a great love for that Three-eyed Lord. Dependency only to the Dark-blue throated and do whatever service required for His devotees was his policy. He served to the needs of the devotees in whatever way possible. For the Homeless Lord who gives refuge to one who surrenders he wanted to build a beautiful abode. He never thought of his financial capacity. All that was in his mind was somehow to build an abode for the Immortal Beauty that stole away his heart. He tried his best to gather the money required from wherever he could but he could not get enough. He was quite disappointed.
In spite of the disappointment he never dropped the great plan to construct a magnificent abode for the Lord. The servant of wealthy heart collected all the money needed for the holy work not leaving a single penny in his mind itself ! He brought the chosen material for the Lord who chose to take him as a slave. In his thoughts itself employed the highly skilled masons and other workers for the building work. In the growing enthusiasm that could not be quenched by the material worlds disappointments he found a day well suited as per the AgamAs to lay the basement of his virtual but very much holy temple. The sincere, well contemplated work continued for a long time never stopping in the middle and he completed the altar and all the inner places of the abode. He erected a big tower and decorated with the clay forms; Digged a pond that would serve for the holy anointation of the Lord everyday; raised gigantic strong walls all around the abode; made a pleasant pond outside the abode. The abode was complete like his completeness of love. He found a day that was good for the installation and holification of the wonderful abode.
The king of the pallavA state in his intent to serve the Lord of kailAsh by building Him a temple of architectural excellence built one such temple in the capital city kAnychi. He fixed a date in consultation with the pundits suited for the holy installation in the temple. The Lord who beautifully wears the bunch of konRAi flowers came in the dream of the king and told him that the next day He would enter the great abode that pUchalAr of thirun^inRavUr did out of a long time sincere effort and asked the king to fix the date for the holification on some other later date. The Lord's play to exhibit the pure and dedicated effort of the devotee inspired the king who built a temple that stands for the sculptural beauty for ages. The king wanted to see and salute the reverend devotee pUchalAr who did the coveted service that Lord Himself is waiting to enter that place. The king went to thriun^inravUr and inquired there about the temple pUchalAr built. But he got the reply that there was no temple built by any devotee called pUchalAr in that town. The king called the vEdhic chanters of the town. When he asked them about pUchalAr n^AyanAr they told him that a flawless devotee by name pUchalAr was living in that town. The king of that vast land to whose summon many small kings are waiting to come did not want to call the devotee to the place where he was, but went himself to salute the devotee.
The king asked n^AyanAr with folded hands where the superior temple he built for Eight armed Lord was and as he came to know from the Lord Himself that it was the day when the Supreme enters the abode he, wanted to salute. The simple devotee of mountain high devotion was full of fear and gratitude mixed emotions that the Lord whose sacred feet are difficult to be seen for even vishNu and braHma told that He would come to reside in the abode on that specified day considering even his love ! The tears of love from his eyes were there to make the place more holy. He explained the king the way he wanted to build a magnificent abode for the Lord and the financial problems because of which he went ahead with building the abode he wanted in his thoughts itself. The king wondered what a glorious thing is the love of the flawless devotees ! He prostrated the n^AyanAr in all humbleness and returned to his capital. The great devotee as planned completed the installation of the Lord in the splendid abode he built for the Lord whose main abode is the minds of the servants who offer flowers and prostrate Him with the face wetted in tears. The worship for the Simple Lord shiva who wears skulls and snakes went for ever in a grand fashion as told in the scriptures till n^AyanAr reached the holy feet of the Lord who danced in the abode he built. Let the determination and completeness of devotion because of which in spite of the material hurdles pUchalAr n^AyanAr succeeded in His service that the Supreme appreciated stay in the mind.
gurupUjai : aippaci - anuSham