15th July 2018.
On the Foot path of Nandhanar... a visit to the places and the temples associated with Nandhanar also called as Thirunalai Povaar, one of the 63 Nayanmars was organised by Prof Madhusuthanan Kalaiselvan and the songs composed by Sri Gopalakrishna Bharathi are rendered by Vidwans Bharat Sundar and Sunil Gargyan between 14th July & 15th July 2018. The last phase of our Nandhanar Trails on 15th July 2018, was to visit Chidambaram Natarajar Temple, where Nandhanar attained salvation in Thirucitrambalam.
After three days circumambulation of Thillai, he was very much disappointed of not having dharshan of Lord Nataraja. On the third day night he stayed in a palmgrove farm, on the out skirts of Chidambaram. Gopalakrishna Bharathi express the feelings of Nandhanar than Sekkizhar. Written like “irakkam varaamal ponathen”… Lord Shiva decided not to make Nandhanar to wait any more. In that night Lord Shiva came in his dream and asked him to come to the temple for the dharshan. Dhikshithars will welcome you and they will create a fire, immerse and come out like Yogi, leaving the pulayar caste sentiments. Lord Shiva also told the same in all 3000 Dhikshithar’s dream.
Next morning all the Dhikshithars were waiting with poorna Kumba to welcome Nandhanar at the south side entrance of Natarajar temple. Nandhanar came to the south side entance and hesitate to enter in to the temple. Dhikshithars told him that Lord Shiva had asked to welcome him in all Dhikshithar’s dream. Nandhanar immersed in the fire and came out as Nandha Mamuni with Jadabaram over his head, wearing rudraksha and yaknopavithiram. Nandhanar went inside the temple along with Dhikshithars and had the dharshan of Lord Nataraja. Nandhanar went near Nataraja and disappeared. As per Sekkizhar.. ..
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The prakaram wall bearing the Vikrama Chozha inscriptions was constructed during 12th century with an entrance opposite to stucco Nandhi and Palipedam. The South entrance, was existed till 19th century. It was told there was a Nandhanar statue was there at the south side entrance. The entrance was closed during, 20th century, beginning and the fate of Nandhanar’s statue is not known.
( Thanks to skandagurunatha.org )
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