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Nambiyandar Nambi Manikkavacakar is said to have born in Vadhavoor Thiruvadhavoor, near by Melur in Madurai district , seven miles from Madurai on the banks of river Vaigai. He belonged to the Pandithar saivite temple priest guild.
His father was a temple priest. A mural and statuette of Manikkavacakar with Purva Sikha head knot is seen in Tirupperunturai near Pudukkottai. A poetic and elaborate hagiography of Manikkavacakar and his works was written in the 16th century and is called Tiruvilayadal puranam, meaning "An account of divine deeds". The same is not available now in its original form. Another called Vadhavoorar puranam and yet another Sanskrit work of the 12th century CE on the same saint is now missing.
According to accounts the king of Pandyan dynasty had selected Manikkavacakar as a part of his legion after seeing his military acumen and had once entrusted him with a large amount of money to purchase horses for his cavalry. On his way he met an ascetic devotee of Siva, who in fact was Siva himself. Manikkavacakar received enlightenment, realised that material things are transitory and built the temple of Shiva in Tirupperunturai with the money.
Varaguana maharaja immediately gave up his throne and attained mukthi at the feet of Lord Shiva. According to Ramana Maharshi , it is said that when Manikkavacakar attained mukthi, his body dissolved in a blinding light without leaving a corpse behind. Finally, he settled in Chidambaram. His Tiruvasakam is placed near the murti of Shiva there.
The tiruchazhal hymn after singing which the communal Buddhists were exposed is also engraved in one of the prakarams. The work tiruchitrambalakkovaiyar was sung entirely in thillai chidambaram. Throughout his work he discusses how important it is to forego attachments and cultivate dispassionate, devoted, sincere and simple hearted love to lord Shiva in order to attain his beatitude and also that the five letters of na ma si va ya alone give one mukti.
The Tiruvembavai, a collection of twenty hymns in which he has imagined himself as a woman following the Paavai Nonbu and praising Shiva. The twenty songs of Tiruvembavai and ten songs of Tiruppalliezhuchi on the Tirupperunturai Lord are sung all over Tamil Nadu in the holy month of Margazhi The 9th month of the Tamil calendar, December and January.
Manikkavacakar is believed to have won intellectual arguments with Buddhists of Ceylon at Chidambaram. He is said to have lived at Chidambaram Tamil Nadu. He is closely associated with Tiru Uthirakosamangai.
He is sported with one of his right hand in upadesa posture and left hand holding a palm leaf manuscript. He is sported wearing a thin loin cloth and sports sacred thread over his chest. Unlike other idols, in this idol he is sported with locks of hair encircled with beads of Rudraksha. The bronze images are stored in the Bronze gallery in Government Museum, Chennai.
See also: Triyampawai ceremony "Tiruvempavai" - the early morning wake up songs sung for Lord Shiva on Tamil month Margazhi are part of Tiruvasakam. Tiruvempavai songs were composed in Annamalaiyar Temple. Meenakshisundaram, the name of the festival indicates that Thiruppavai might have been recited as well. He became interested in Tamil and learned the language during a six-month ship voyage to India. His magnum opus, an English translation of Thiruvasagam, appeared in Paul and St. Francis of Assisi.
On Manickavasagar and Thiruvasagam | Times of India
Nambiyandar Nambi Manikkavacakar is said to have born in Vadhavoor Thiruvadhavoor, near by Melur in Madurai district , seven miles from Madurai on the banks of river Vaigai. He belonged to the Pandithar saivite temple priest guild. His father was a temple priest. A mural and statuette of Manikkavacakar with Purva Sikha head knot is seen in Tirupperunturai near Pudukkottai. A poetic and elaborate hagiography of Manikkavacakar and his works was written in the 16th century and is called Tiruvilayadal puranam, meaning "An account of divine deeds". The same is not available now in its original form. Another called Vadhavoorar puranam and yet another Sanskrit work of the 12th century CE on the same saint is now missing.
Kamil Zvelebil in his analysis of Thiruvasagam points out that more than any other Tamil Shaiva devotional poet Manickavasagar emphasises personal inner experience. Lord Shiva brought the milk ocean here to feed the child. I would be greatly obliged: In Thailand, an annual Giant Swing ceremony known as Triyampavai-Tripavai was held in major cities untilwhen it was abolished for safety reasons. Nandi Tantrism Jyotirlinga Shiva Temples. On Manickavasagar and Thiruvasagam Times of India Lord Shiva played many miracles for the saint as changing the foxes to horses and causing manic,avasagar floods in River Vaigai to show the greatness of the saint. From birth to funerary rites, from prayers in individual households to festivities in temples, Thiruvasagam offers the common man opportunities to reflect, introspect, and crave for eternal freedom. If the altered state of consciousness is the prerequisite and the goal to experience the grace of god, the sacred speech Thiruvasagam of the poetry provides it to the devotee as a dialogue in a play would enable an actor to adorn a new garb and a self.
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