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Kāri Nāyanār

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In Thirukkadavoor was a learned Brahmin named ‘Kaari’, who composed the Tamil anthology, Kaarikovai in order to expound the Vedic truths clearly, simply and concisely. He presented the work to the rulers of Tamil Nadu and gave discourses on its contents. By virtue of his poetic skills, he won the favour of the kings of his own and of neighbouring countries, all who rewarded him with cattle, land, grain, gold and royal servants. Though he became wealthy, he never became corrupted by his wealth and gave generously to those in need. He served the Lord by renovating temples, erecting compound walls, gopurams, mantapams, making chariots and carriages for the deities on festival days and forging the gold ornaments that would adorn them on their processions through the city. He financed the making of saris of silk and jewels of pearls and other gems which would adorn Uma’s murthi. He also donated generously for temple services as well as for special feast days. Though renowned for his wealth, he spent it all in service of the Lord, ultimately winning the Lord’s grace.

Reproduced from the January 2015 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.

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