PUGAZH TUNAI NAYANAR


This saint was a pious Adi Saiva of Seruviliputhur. He was an ardent Siva Bhakta. He was a
Pujari (priest) in the temple. His daily duty was to bathe the image, uttering the Mantras and do the
Puja, according to the Siva Agamas. Once a famine swept over the land and he had no money to buy
food. He loved the deity and his daily duty so much that he did not like to leave the place in spite of
the starvation. He stuck to that place and continued the Puja. His body was emaciated. One day, in
spite of his weakness, he fetched water for the LordÂ’s Bath (Abhishekam) and, when he was
pouring the water on the Lingam, the water-pot slipped from his hand and fell on Him. Nayanar
forgot himself in sheer exhaustion and fainted away. The Lord appeared in his dream and said that
He would leave one coin in the temple every day till the famine was over so that he could procure
the necessary food with that money and appease his hunger. Nayanar woke up and found that the
dream was true! The Lord thus enabled His Bhakta to get over the famine. He continued his daily
Puja in the temple and finally reached the LordÂ’s Abode.