Manakkanchara Nayanar was born in a fertile village in the Chola Kingdom. Manakkanchara Nayanar’s wife gave birth to a girl. The child was doted upon by her family. When she attained marriageable age, a suitable groom had to be found. Her father decided that Iyarkon Kalikama Nayanar would be the one to wed his daughter.
On the day of the wedding, the bride was dressed up, and awaited the arrival of the groom. Just then a devotee of Siva (Sivan adiyar) came to the place of wedding. Manakkanchara Nayanar welcomed him and asked his daughter to take the adiyar’s blessings. The girl did so. The Sivan adiyar said to Manakkanchara Nayanar that as an adiyar, he wore a sacred thread made of human hair, and therefore he needed long hair. He had noticed the long tresses of Manakkanchara Nayanar’s daughter, and he wondered whether he could have her hair to make a sacred thread.
Manakkanchara Nayanar did not hesitate for a moment; he cut off his daughter’s hair and was about to give it to the adiyar, when he vanished. A voice was heard that Lord Siva was pleased with the Nayanar’s devotion. The girl’s hair became lengthy again, and everyone realized that the adiyar was none other then Lord Siva Himself. When the groom heard what had happened, he lauded his father-in- law for his Siva bhakti.
Such was his devotion to Lord Siva that he cared about nothing, except serving His devotees.
OM Namasivayaa! OM Namasivayaa!!