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Five faces of shivam are Easanam,Thathpurusam, Agoram, Vamadheyam, Sathyojatham. Meikanda Shasthram says three types of worship. *Arupa {Niskala} - formless[empty]. *Rupa {Sakala} - means forms of worship,fully manifested[Natarajar]. *Rupa Arupa {Niskalasakala} -formless form[Sivalingam]. Sarvam Shiva Mayam

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Kachiyappa Shivachariyar

kachiyappa shivachchariyar

in the thondai land renowned for its scholars, in the capital city which is praised as "kaanchi - The city" in the ancient bharat, kachiyappa shivachchariyar was born. He came in the family, which is the priest for the lord murugan temple kandha kottam in that city. He had well learnt thamizh and Samskritam and had a very good poetic talence. He had ardent love for lord murugan.

one day lord muruga appeared in the dream of his devotee and ordered him to compose his story in thamizh which is told in the shiva rahasya kandam, which is the first kandam in shankara samhita, which is one of the six samhitas of the skandha puranam in samskritam. He asked the devotee to name it as kandha puranam and also gave the start off words as thigadachakkaram. The devotee when woke up was thrilled with joy. He saluted the lord muruga and started composing the kandha puranam each day 100 verses. everyday after completing the 100 verses he used to keep the written palm leaves at the feet of lord muruga. When he returns the next day, he would see that a few places in his work have been corrected ! This way the loving devotee completed the work comprising of six kandams and 10345 verses all together.

later he called for the meet of scholars of thondai land and get his work approved in that meet, as it was customery in those days. When he started elucidating the kandha puranam praying the lord, he started with the first line thigada chakkarach chemmukam aindhulam (The one with glorious ten hands and five perfect faces). For this the word thigadachakkram would be broken into thigaz dhachakkaram. one of the poets in the hall raised an objection saying that there existed no rule in thamizh grammar that would render the combination of z and dha into da, and asked kachchiyappa shivachariyar to show the rule and then proceed. The devotee who was stopped at debut was unable to answer and requested the oppponent to accept it as it is, since it was given to him by lord muruga. But the other poet did not agree and halted the presentation.

The devotee with a broken heart fell on the feet of lord muruga and cried that only lord muruga could explain the wordings he gave. He slept there itself of fatigue. inhis dream the lord muruga told him that his problem will be solved in the next day session by a choza poet. When the meeting started the next morning, there was a young charming poet at the center of the stage with a book in his hand. as the opponent poet again raised the question in the session, the young poet rose and directed the attention of the scholars to the 18th song in the sandhip padalam of a grammar text called virachoziyam, which suggested the rendering of the combination under controversy. The entire hall lauded the referance and wondered how they forgot that grammar rule. at once the young poet disappeared. realising that it was lord muruga himslef the scholars commended the work of kachiyappar.

The presentation went on well. at the completion of it the corporates of the city took him around the city on a tusk palanquin as a markof respect. The devotee taught this text to his students nyana varodhayar and others, made copies written. He merged in the bliss of lord muruga of kandha kottam one day.

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