EYARKON KALIKAMA NAYANAR
In Tiruperumangalam in Ponni Nadu, there was a Vellala by name Eyarkon Kalikama
Nayanar. He belonged to the family called Eyarkudi which produced Commanders-in-Chief to
Chola kings. He was a great devotee of Lord Siva.
The news that Sundaramurthi Nayanar had used Lord Siva Himself as a messenger to settle
the domestic dispute between him and his wife Paravayar, so greatly annoyed devout Kalikamanar
that he said to himself: Is this man who behaved like this a devotee? I am a great sinner, too,
otherwise my life-breath would have departed on hearing the news. Sundarar came to know of
Kalikamars attitude. He realised his own fault and entreated the Lord to appease Kalikamars
anger. The Lord caused Kalikamar to suffer from colic and told him in a dream that only Sundarar
could cure it. Kalikamar preferred death to being cured by Sundarar! In the meantime, the Lord
appeared in Sundarars dream and asked him to go to Kalikamar and cure him of the colic. Sundarar
at once went to meet Kalikamar. As soon as he heard that Sundarar was coming to cure him,
Kalikamar gave up his life by cutting his bowel open.
Sundarar was greeted by Kalikamars wife. When he asked for Nayanar, she made her
people say that there was nothing wrong with him and that he was asleep. After much persuasion,
they showed him the Nayanars body. In desperation, Sundarar also wanted to cut his throat. By the
grace of Lord Siva, Kalikamar at once came back to life. They embraced each other. Kalikamar
spent the rest of his life in the service of the Lord and His devotees and finally reached His Abode.