PUGAL CHOLA NAYANAR
Pugal Chola Nayanar was a king. He was living in Uraiyur in the Chola kingdom. He was
greatly devoted to Lord Siva and His Bhaktas. He was an ideal king and people loved him and
followed in his footsteps.
Once he went to Karur to collect tributes due to him from the kings of Kuda Nadu. All of
them paid at once: but the ministers reported that a petty king named Adigan had not. He ordered his
troops to invade Adigans fort. In the meantime, the kings elephant was killed by Eripatha Nayanar
for a Siva Aparadham (as we have already seen in Eripatha Nayanars life). Ultimately, both
Eripathar and the king had the Lords Darshan. As this drama was being enacted, elsewhere, the
kings troops had demolished Adigans fort, killing many of his men, and Adigan himself had run
away. Pugal Cholars troops returned with a lot of wealth and the heads of men killed. They placed
all these at the kings feet. Among the heads, the king noticed a head with the braid of hair on
topit belonged to a Siva Bhakta. Stricken with terrible remorse the king had a big fire made, went
round it having the head on a golden plate in his hand and entered the fire chanting the
Panchakshara Mantra. Thus he entered the Lords Abode.