63 Nayanmars !! Life of Thiru Kalikkamba Nayanar !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
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Thiru Kalikkamba Nayanar was born in the family of merchants in Thiru Pennadagam, one of the flourished lands in the  Chola Kingdom.   He was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and led an ascetic life at a young age.    He selflessly served the devotees of Lord Shiva with utmost reverence.  His chaste wife wholeheartedly accompanied him in serving the devotees of Lord.


Once, Kalikkamba Nayanar and his wife received a group of devotee of Lord Shiva to their home.  The guests were received with utmost reverence.  Kalikkamba Nayanar welcomed them with folded hands and nectar like speeches, he washed the feet of the devotees standing in front of him and his devoted wife dutifully poured water to his hands.  Suddenly, she recognized a devotee of Lord was a servant of Kalikkamba Nayanar earlier; she sincerely wanted to avoid washing his feet by her husband, hence she refused to pour water.   Kalikkamba Nayanar was shocked and least expected this kind of behavior from his wife.  In a sudden rage he took a sharp knife and he cut off her hand into two.  And calmly continued to wash his feet and served the devotees of Lord with sumptuous meal.  Thiru Kalikkamba Nayanar and his virtuous wife continued their devoted service to the devotees of Lord and finally attained Salvation.


In the Tamil month Thai – Revathi is widely celebrated as Guru Puja day, the day Thiru Kalikkamba Nayanar attained the Abode of Lord Shiva. 

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

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