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We could have had none better qualified for it.
Their short-sightedness becomes at once apparent when we study the lives of the great Four Teachers Appar, Sundarar, Manickavachagar and Sambandar and realise that these great Jnanis, too, were great Bhaktas who loved to visit the temples and sing the glories of the Lord.
It is not born of the weakness of the ignorant: How shall we understand the wonderful spirit of renunciation that characterised the lives of many royal Nayanars, if we regard them as weaklings?
They had understood the true nature of the world, and wanted only God. Can we not draw a parallel in our own divine Master who, similarly, renounced a royal life of a doctor in Malaya, in exchange for poverty and the begging bowl?
Love of the Lord cuts at the very root of our attachment to this world, and snaps all worldly ties, to father, mother, son, wife or relatives. As the stories of the Nayanars illustrate, the devotee is ever ready to renounce all, in favour of devotion to Lord Siva.
Chandesvara Nayanar, in his complete absorption in His worship, could inflict a mortal blow on his own father: When Arivattaya Nayanar found, for instance, that his weak body was getting unfit to carry on His worship, he was ready to cut his own throat.
If Murkha Nayanar chose to gamble and even resort to violence to carry out his vow, Kannappa Nayanar would pull out his own eyes to serve the Lord! Let us also never forget that in the case of all the Nayanars devotion invariably meant expansion of the heart, and, therefore, service and charity.
It is essential that, in our study of these great lives, we take them as a whole: Else, it might lead to perversion. Perversion in spiritual path can be quite disastrous. Gurudev would often narrate, for example, the case of a wicked man who would catch fish in the Ganges, cut it and eat it, quoting as a devil would from the Gita: Stories in which there is seeming use of violence by the Nayanars have to be read with this caution: The story of Eripatha Nayanar, for instance, should be taken as an exhortation for us to kill lust, anger and greed, the powerful impediments on our spiritual path which, in the twinkling of an eye wreck our worship of the Lord.
If we study the lives as a whole, we will not fail to note that Anaya Nayanar, and Pusalar Nayanar hold before us the ideal Para Bhakta, supreme exemplars of the highest form of devotion. If we approach these saints with faith and devotion in our hearts, we shall grasp the message they have for us.
We shall also understand why they gave such a great place to externals like the sacred ash, Rudraksha, etc.
These symbols remind one constantly of God: May we all walk the path of devotion and attain the Lord in this very birth is my humble prayer at the divine feet of our master.Five Important Nataraja Shrines of Tamil Nadu There are lots of temples in Tamil Nadu where Siva is worshipped as Nataraja.
Lord Siva, as the god of dance is known as Nataraja.
Return to India. Along their way, they visited several shrines in the Himalayas and Kāmarūpa, the famous Tantric Shakti shrine in Assam.  He composed his greatest work of , verses near Mt. Kailasa with the blessings of Lord Shiva. Five Important Nataraja Shrines of Tamil Nadu There are lots of temples in Tamil Nadu where Siva is worshipped as Nataraja. Lord Siva, as the god of dance is known as Nataraja. Chidambaram Nataraja Temple,Tamil Nadu Chidambaram Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram or Chidambaram temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in the town of Chidambaram, East-Central Tamil Nadu, South India.
The temple has a five storey main Gopuram and also has shrines dedicated to various gods. Bannari Amman Temple, Sathyamangalam Bannari Amman Temple is one of the most famous Amman temples in Tamil Nadu, Located near Sathyamangalam in Erode.
Among the five temples, three temples, which are Chidambaram Nataraja Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Srikalahasti Temples lie exactly at 79 degrees, 41 minutes, East in longitude and the other two temples, Thiruvanaikkaval is located at around 3 degrees to the south and 1 degree to the west of the northern tip exactly of this divine axis, while.
Jul 24, · The most important shaivite shrine Chidambaram arguably is the most important temple for tamil shaivites - people who worship Shiva as the most important deity.
Here Shiva is worshipped as Nataraja - the lord of the cosmic timberdesignmag.comon: East Car Street, Chidambaram, India, India India. Meenakshi Temple, also referred to as Meenakshi Amman or Minakshi-Sundareshwara Temple, is a historic Hindu temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in the temple city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, timberdesignmag.com is dedicated to Meenakshi, a form of Parvati, and her consort, Sundareshwar, a form of Shiva.
The temple is at the center of the ancient temple city of Madurai mentioned in the. The Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy. Introduction: In the books which treat of Saivism, there is a reference to four schools, viz., the Nakulisa-pasupata, the Saiva, the Pratyabhijna and the Rasesvara.
Saiva Siddhanta is the philosophy of southern Saivism. It owes its origin to no single author.