(we recommend people reading all previous morals before reading about Bhakti)
In Choladesham there is a village by name Tirukkadayuur. There used to live one Brahmana by name Kalasha in Tirukkadayuur. The only thing he knew from childhood is doing puuja using “guggula” dhuupam to Paramashiva who made “Viirattaava aalayam” as His abode. Hence Kalasha got the name “Guggula Kalasha Naayanaar”.
He used all his wealth for doing Shivapuuja with dhuupam. His siddhaantam was that never Shivapuuja must stop. One-by-one he sold his land and bought guggula-dhuupam and did Shivapuuja. Slowly he had to sell all his property, lands etc.; but he never stopped doing Shivapuuja.
Finally he and his family had to do upavaasas. After experiencing such difficulties, one day Kalasha Naayanaar’s wife asked him to sell her mangala-suutram and with that money buy dhaanyam and save the life of the kids and family.(She just wore a mangala-suutram made of Turmeric). Kalasha Naayanaar went to the market to bring dhaanyam. However he came across a Vyaapaari who was selling Guggulam. On seeing this, Naayanaar totally forgot that he had to buy dhaanyam for himself and family; instead he thought if he can buy it, it will be useful for Shivapuuja.
Kalasha Naayanaar bought it and went off to Shivaalayam to do Shivapuuja. Kalasha Naayanaar always was thinking about Parameshvara and hence didnt even remember about his or his family’s hunger! Kalasha Naayanaar’s wife awaited for a long time. Children cried for sometime and then fell unconscious. Kalasha Naayanaar’s wife, due to weakness, was in a state inbetween sleep and awake. Then she had Paramashiva’s darshanam. Parameshvara gave her abhayam and said that they will get all sampadas. As soon as she opened her eyes she saw dhana-dhaanyas everywhere. She immediately cooked food and fed her children and herself. Shiva, the Laya-kaaraka, told Kalasha Naayanaar to go home, eat and then come back. He followed Shiva-aagnya and was surprised seeing the Dhana-dhaanyas in his house. Later he came to know from his wife that it was Iishvara-prasaadam.
Then onwards they had all sampadas, but they never had any garvam and were always very cautious to stay away from Durgunas. They never stopped Shiva-puuja and always did seva of Shiva Bhaktas.
Once the King, on noticing that the Shiva-lingam in Tiruppanandaal was becoming a sidhila, ordered the reconstruction of the Devaalayam. However, how much ever people tried, they were not able to move the Shiva lingam and place it in correct position. They even tried pulling with huge elephants. Kalasha Naayanaar came to know about this and reached the Devaalayam. He tried pulling the Shiva-ligam and bringing it to correct position using his uttariiyam. To everyone’s surprise, the Shiva-lingam came back to the correct position. Everyone thought that with a rope called “Bhakti”, Kalasha Naayanaar did punara-uddharana of the Shiva-lingam. Later according to Shaastras, the Devaalayam was reconstructed.
Later Kalasha Naayanaar did uddharana of many people, did seva of great Bhaktas like Gnyaanasambandha Naayanaar and Vaageesha Naayanaar and finally reached Kaivalyam.
Morals in the story:
- Daiva-dhyaanam, Daiva-bhakti must always be in one’s mind, like Kalasha Naayanaar. He never forgot Shiva-puuja and always did whatever he did for that only.
- Once a person has Bhakti and surrenders himself totally to God, God only takes care of the Iham-param of the person. This is well shown in the story.
Search Terms: Dhupam, Kalasa Nayanar, Shiva pooja, Gnyanasambandha, Vagisha, Vagiisha, Thirukkadayur