Thirugnana Sambandhar: The curation of A PoetBy Divine Mother’s grace
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The story of Tamil Nayannar saint, Sambandhar is a valuable reminder of how the arul (grace) of THE DIVINE MOTHER can make a poet-saint out of a small child. Sambandhar was born to parents, Sivapada Hridyar and his wife, Bhagvathiar who were devout to Lord Shiva.
One day when they went to a temple with their son and left the child at the banks of the temple tank, he began to wail. Lord Shiva and Parvati appeared to the weeping child who was fondled and suckled at Parvati’s breast. Soon when the parents returned, They found drops of milk on the child’s tongue, and on being asked who fed him, he showed his finger to the sky and uttered the Todudaya Seviyan, the first verse of the Tevaram.
At the age of three, he is said to have mastered the Vedas. He composed an oeuvre of 16,000 verses in devotion to Lord Shiva and attained Mukti on his wedding day when he was only 16 years old.
Such great devotion is exemplary and the bestower of such a gift is the grace of Maa Saraswati alone.