63 Nayanmars !! Life of Thiru Pukazh Chozha Nayanar !!


Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!




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The King Pukazh Chozha was ruled the Chozha Kingdom and Woraiyur, Tiruchirappali as its capital.   He was a passionate devotee of Lord Shiva and a righteous ruler.  He worshipped Lord Panchavarneswarar with his consort Goddess Sri Kanthimathi Ammai in Woraiyur.  The entire Kingdom flourished with rich natural resources and its people were lived a happy and prosperous life.  During his regime the beliefs in Shaiva Siddhantha and worship of Lord Shiva was predominant in his Kingdom.  People had immense faith and worship of Lord, as a result peace and prosperity remained perpetually in this land.




Once, Yeripatha Nayanar one of the 63 Shivaite Saints punished the royal elephant to death for the obstacle created in the worship of Lord Shiva.  Apparently King Pukazh Chozha begged for forgiveness bending on his knees to Yeripatha Nayanar for the mishap.  Further, he requested Nayanar to take away his life as a punishment for the offense committed by the royal elephant and mahouts.  This incident brought huge admirers to King Pukazh Chozha for his simplicity and kindness. 




Pukazh Chozha visited the Temple of Sri Pasupatheeswara /Anilaiappar with his consort Goddess Sri Sundaravalli Thayar/Alankaravalli Thayar in Karuvur.  There he had an encounter with the King Adigan who was caused lot of troubles to his Kingdom, the army of Pukazh Chozha broken down the fort of Adigan and captured his men.  Many of them were killed on this confrontation. King Pukazh Chozha witnessed the heap of dead bodies and was inconsolable at the lost lives.  Although it was the responsibility of a King to fight against his enemies and bring peace and righteousness on the land, Pukazh Chozha was miserable at the death of devotees of Lord.  He refused to take up his glorious position as ruler and left the Kingdom under the custodian of his son.     He gave up all the glitters and whole heartedly accepted holy ashes.  He carried a golden plate contained the head with matted hair locks from a dead boy and entered into the blazing fire.  Thus, he sacrificed his life and attained the Abode of Lord Shiva.





In the Tamil month Adi – Karthikai is widely celebrated as Guru Puja Day, the day Pukazh Chozha Nayanar attained the Abode of Lord Shiva.


Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!


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