63 Nayanmars !! Life of Thiru Murkka Nayanar !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

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Sudhinil Vendreyuthu Porul Thuricharra Nallunarvil
Theedhakala Amuthakkuvar Kolathan Theendar
Kadhaludan Adiyarkal Amuthuseika Kadapanthi
Yethamila Vakaithamum Amuthuseithang Kirukkunal
Thiru Murkka Nayanar was born in an agriculturist family in Thiruverkadu. Thiruverkadu is situated on the northern river banks of Pali in Kanchi. Kachipuram was the capital city of Pallava Dynasty; it is one of the holiest places known as ‘Mokshapuri’.

Thiru Murkka Nayanar was a zealous devotee of Lord Shiva – Sri Vedapureeshwarar and his consort Goddess Balambikai.   He engaged in the self – less service to devotees of Lord Shiva.  He took good care of devotees of Lord and served them with finest meal. His self-less service attracted more and more devotees in his house, he found immense happiness in serving them. He tirelessly served his guests and anything left over consumed happily.   In this way, he spent all his wealth in serving the devotees of Lord.  Soon he found no resources left to serve the devotees of Lord.

Thiru Murkka Nayanar was not discouraged, he firmly believed in the service to Lord.  He took the unpleasant circumstances in his life as a challenge.  He was good at gambling, he earned money through gambling without violating the ethics.  He travelled through the villages searching for gamblers and the money earned by this means was faithfully utilized in the service of devotees.  He continued his journey to Lord Shiva temples and visited Thiruvarur Sri Tyagaraja Temple on his way to Thirukudanthai Sri Sara Parameshwara Temple. 

Thiru Murkka Nayanar carried out his altruistic service all through his life and finally attained the Abode of Lord Shiva.

In the Tamil month Karthikai – Moolam is widely celebrated as Guru Puja day, the day Thiru Murkka Nayanar attained the abode of Lord Shiva.

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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