HI Friends, today we are back to Darasuram for another interesting episode from Periapuranam exquisitely sculpted in the panels there. Its a very interesting legend, which showcases the power of devotion. Its the story of Naminandhi Nayanar. Take a look at the panel location and size!!

water for lamp panel

Born in Perur, he was devoted to the Lord Tyagarajar of Tiruvarur. One day, he visited the temple and stayed back for a long time and the time was well past sunset. Desirous to light up the temple lamps, he went into a neighboring house and sought some oil. The inhabitants of the house belonged to another faith and they refused to lend him the oil. Not stopping at that they ridiculed him, saying that Shiva being the lord who dances with fire, why does he need oil to light the lamp, even water would suffice…

Hearing this, the pious devotee felt very sad and went back to the temple and reflected on his situation. At that moment he heard a heavenly voice asking him to light the lamps with water from the temple’s lotus pond. He did so and the lamps of the temple glowed the brightest. Such was the power of his devotion.

Now The sculpture. Notice the two parts of the act depicted.

naminandhi darasuram.jpg

The first one is he drawing water from the pond ( check the detailing - the fish, the flowers and even a crane ! remember the size of this panel is no bigger than the palm of your hand) and the second part is he filling the lamps with the water.

naminandhi 1st part
naminandhi 2nd part

But then is there something else that was used to light a lamp by another naynaar, lets see that is a future post.

Images courtesy: PSVP members Saathmeeka and Satheesh

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5 Comments so far


Nice Blog once again !

I have one suggestion to make… It will be more useful from a readers perspective , If you can also inform about the particular place in Temple Complex at which the mentioned Panel is found.

July 16th, 2009 at 11:36

Thanks swaminathan sir, well well - the search is half the fun…

July 17th, 2009 at 7:57
Srinath Rajagopalan

Excellent blog, amazing observations and a simply fantastic effort in bringing our treasured sculptures to the forefront.

Keep up the good work - thangal kalayulaga sevaikku en manamarndha nalvazthukkal. - Srinath

July 18th, 2009 at 4:12

Many thanks for your nice words Srinath. please spread the word among friends so that many more can view, enjoy and contribute


July 21st, 2009 at 15:59

hi swami sir, updated the post with the location. trust will be useful…

July 22nd, 2009 at 17:35

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