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Isaignaniyar is a poet who lived in Tirunavalur of Tirumunaipadi. All her ancestors were ardent devotees of Lord Siva and her husband Sadaiya nayanar too is one of the 63 nayanars. She was also devoted to the Lord. Due to their virtuous deeds in their past life, a divine child was born to them. He was none other than Sundaramurthi Nayanar.
Narasinga Munaiyar, the king of that region, was attracted by the child’s beauty and wanted to bring it up himself. The king approached the parents and they, without a moment’s hesitation, handed the child over to him. By this action, they showed that they had no attachment at all to anything in this world.
One day the king of pandiya kingdom invited Isaignaniyar for a singing competition. She was very talented and proved her talent over there. But the king made an injustice because his lady love was also a participant. When Isaignaniyar came to know about this she pleaded the lord to save her. The lord by his divine voice announced that isaignaniyar is the winner. The king and his lover felt guilty and begged isaignaniyar to forgive them. Gnaniyar excused them and asked them to prostrate before lord shiva. This blessed Isaignaniyar led the ideal Grihastha (household) life with sadaiya nayanar and finally attained the lord shiva’s grace.
- SRI SWAMI SIVANANDA. "SIXTY-THREE NAYANAR SAINTS". The Divine Life Trust Society. Retrieved 2007-07-08.
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