Today, we are seeing another Periapuranam panel from Darasuram. Thanks to Arvind, we see Murthy Nayanar.

Born in a merchant family in the historic city of Madurai, Murthiyar was an ardent devotee of Shiva. He took great pleasure in grinding sandalwood paste to anoint the Lord every day.

Once, a king from the north attacked Madurai with a large army, killed the Pandya King in battle and took over the ancient city. Since he was from a hostile faith, he caused many disturbances to continued service of the Shiva temple. Despite the many hardships, Murthiyar still found ways to find sandal wood for the Lord and kept up his daily service. This infuriated the King and he stopped all means of Sandal wood reached Murthiyar. That day, despite searching everywhere, he couldn’t find any sandal wood and returned to the temple dejected. He was disappointed that he couldn’t anoint the Lord with sandal wood and seeing the empty grinding stone - he placed his own elbow on the stone and ground it - skin, blood, veins and all right unto the bones.

Lets take a look at the sculpture panel now

murthi nayanar - ground his elbow when he couldnt find sandal wood

You can see Murthiyar grinding both his elbows on the round stone, but his face doesn’t show any pain, but a sublime surreal smile on serving his Lord.

The Lord is moved and that time a heavenly voice is heard. You did this out of love for me, all your troubles will pass, the tyrant who took this land will loose all of his to you, weed this land of all the evil that has come in, take care of all and continue your good work, and then come to me !!

Did this come true !! Yes of course it did. But how??, that’s an interesting story as well. Lets see who of our viewers can finish the rest of the story…

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இறைவன் கொடுத்த என்பு தோல் போர்த்திய உடம்பு
அதை உணர்ந்தார் மூர்த்தியார் அவனுக்கே அர்ப்பணித்தார்

எல்லாப் பிறப்பும் பிறந்திளைத்தேன் எம்பெருமான்
மெய்யே உன் பொன்னடிகள் கண்டின்று வீடுற்றேன் - மாணிக்க வாசகர்

சிற்பத்திற்க்காகவே தன்னை அர்ப்பணித்தார் சிற்பியார்
அடியார் வாழ்கையை அற்புதமாக சித்தரித்தார்

சிற்பங்களுக்காகவே வலைத்தளத்தை உருவாக்கினார் விஜய்யார்
கூடிய விரைவில் பெரியபுராணம் முழுவதையும் சிற்பத்தில் காட்டிவிடுவார் :-)

October 19th, 2009 at 12:24

I do hope Satheesh’s wish would come true. Vijay, you have really got me going from page to page like an adict.would like to know the rest of this particular story though!

April 19th, 2010 at 19:01

sure vidya, will definitely continue this. been working on a few unfinished threads….


April 20th, 2010 at 11:42

தெய்வ வாக்கு எவ்வாறு நிறைவேறியது என அறிந்து கொள்ள ஆவலாய் உள்ளோம். இதன் தொடர்ச்சியை ஆர்வத்துடன் எதிர்நோக்குகிறோம்.


December 16th, 2010 at 20:20
k g venkata rao

the king dies next day since he was childless ministers decide to choose the king as per existing custome they give a garland to the royal elep hant &decide to accept anybody whom the elephant as their king the elephant garlands murthy nayanr he accepts the king dom wearing rudhratsha rules kingdom &attains mukthi

February 24th, 2011 at 12:30

Leaving us at the climax and saying, “மீதியை வெண்திரையில் காண்க”? :~)

November 21st, 2012 at 19:51

Murthi Nayanar did not aspire for kingship, but it was the Lord’s will. That night the cruel king died. The next day, the Ministers sent the palace elephant to choose their king, in accordance with an ancient custom. The elephant proceeded towards the temple. Murthi Nayanar had come there for his worship. The elephant bowed to him and put on garland on his neck and placed him on his back and returned to the palace.

Murthy Nayanar became the king. He will have the sacred ashes from his head to body. His jewel will be only Rudraksham. He told that he will strive to let the love of Lord Siva be enthroned in the hearts of all. Nayanar ruled the country justly and wisely for a long time and eventually attained Siva’s Abode.

November 21st, 2012 at 19:52

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