தினந்தோறும் சிவலிங்கத்திற்கு சந்தனம் பூசி வழிபட்டார் மூர்த்தி நாயனார்.
Saivite Saint Murthi Nayanar was doing worship to [Lord Somasundarar] Lord Siva with sandalwood paste, smearing it all over the Lingam is regarded as a great form of his worship. He was a great devotee of Lord Siva. Daily he used to offer sandalwood paste to the Lord. He was born in Madura in Pandya kingdom.
At that time, the city was invaded by a Karnataka king. In the battle the Pandya king was defeated. The Karnataka ruler became the Pandya king. He was a follower of Jainism. He wanted to exterminate Saivism and to spread his religion. He began to persecute Saivas. ‘Murthi Nayanar also had to bear a lot of sufferings.
The king, with a view to convert Murthi Nayanar forcibly to Jainism, made it impossible for anyone in Madura to obtain sandalwood. This greatly upset the Nayanar. He prayed to the Lord for a Saivite king to rule Madurai Kingdom.
He searched throughout the day for a little sandalwood to offer his worship. He could not get any. With a broken heart, he went to the temple: and he had a wonderful idea. He began to rub his own elbow (in the place of sandalwood!). The hand was bleeding profusely. Lord Siva was highly pleased with his devotion. A heavenly voice said: ‘Oh noble soul, I am immensely pleased with your devotion. Kindly stop rubbing your elbow. All your grievances will be redressed. Kindly take up the reins of the kingdom. After ruling the country justly and wisely for a long time, you will come to My Abode.’ Nayanar was amazed to hear this and to see that his elbow regained its original shape.
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.
OM Namasivaayaa..! OM Namasivaayaa..!!