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Chirappuli Nāyanār



On the banks of the Kaveri at
Chirappuli
Illustration courtesy of Ramalingar Pani Mandram.
The flowers with which he worshipped devotees reached the Lord’s Feet at Kailasa. As the heaps of offered flowers mounted, those responsible for storing them complained, “O Lord, please fulfill the desire of your devotee so that he might be pacified and give us rest.

When Parvati noticed the Lord’s perplexity as to how to bless Chirappuliyār, she suggested visiting him directly. Thus appearing before the devotee, Lord Siva said: “Your devotion has pleased me. Tell me how I might bless you in return”. Chirappuliyār replied: “If I be worthy, give me only the wherewithal to ceaselessly worship your form”. The Lord divined that the saint was fully ripe and granted his devotee that which was unattainable even to yogis — supreme liberation.


Reproduced from the January 2014 issue of the Saranagati eNewsletter
published by Sri Ramanasramam. The above text has been freely adapted from editions
of Periapuranam, Siva Bhakta Vilāsam (published by Sri Ramanasramam) and other texts.