63 Nayanmars

The saintly devotees of Shiva are known as Nayanmar (Nayanar). There are 63 of them. The activities of these devotees differ, but the one thing in common is their intense love for the Lord. They followed different ways of praying the God and led different kinds of life styles - brahmacharyam (Sandesar), grihastam (Nilakandar), vanaprastam (Aiyadikal Kadavarkon), sanyasam (Thirumular). Their traditional work (akin to caste system) too differed - Sampandhar (reciting Vedha), Appar (farmer), Nilakandar (potter), Thirunalaippovar (cobbler) and so on. There are both male and female (Ichainyaniyar, Karaikkal ammaiyar) devotees. The wives of many of these Nayanmars too were equally devoted to Lord Shiva as their husbands were (Thirunilakandar). Some of them were highly learned while some others excelled with their simple devotion though not learned in any scriptures (Kannappar). Some of them were kings (Pukazch chozar) and some others didn't even have even a house to live in (Thirumular). They all excelled in their own way - single minded devotion to Shiva.

One can find some important qualities in the lives of these saints. Most of them did not undertake a service that was different from their regular lifestyle. The weaver Necar had taken the service of providing clothes whereas the farmer Marar gave them food. The service they undertook may look mundane, like throwing a stone on the Shivalingam everyday, but they did it with intense love for the Lord and with determination, undermining the hurdles on their way.

  1. Sundaramurthi Nayanar
  2. Tiru Neelakanta Nayanar
  3. Iyarpahai Nayanar
  4. Ilayankudi Mara Nayanar
  5. Maiporul Nayanar
  6. Viralminda Nayanar
  7. Amaraneedi Nayanar
  8. Eripatha Nayanar
  9. Enadinatha Nayanar
  10. Kannappa Nayanar
  11. Kungiliya Kalaya Nayanar
  12. Manakanchara Nayanar
  13. Arivattaya Nayanar
  14. Anaya Nayanar
  15. Murthi Nayanar
  16. Muruga Nayanar
  17. Rudra Pasupathi Nayanar
  18. Tiru Nalai Povar Nayanar
  19. Tiru Kurippu Thonda Nayanar
  20. Chandesvara Nayanar
  21. Tiru-Navukkarasar Nayanar
  22. Kulacchirai Nayanar
  23. Perumizhalai Kurumba Nayanar
  24. Karaikal Ammaiyar
  25. Appuddi Nayanar
  26. Tiruneelanakka Nayanar
  27. Nami Nandi Adigal
  28. Tiru Jnana Sambandar
  29. Eyarkon Kalikama Nayanar
  30. Tiru Mula Nayanar
  31. Dandi Adigal Nayanar
  32. Murkha Nayanar
  33. Somasira Nayanar
  34. Sakkiya Nayanar
  35. Sirappuli Nayanar
  36. Siruthonda Nayanar
  37. Cheraman Perumal Nayanar
  38. Gananatha Nayanar
  39. Kootruva Nayanar
  40. Pugal Chola Nayanar
  41. Narasinga Muniyaraiyar
  42. Adipattha Nayanar
  43. Kalikamba Nayanar
  44. Kalia Nayanar
  45. Satti Nayanar
  46. Aiyadigal Kadavarkon Nayanar
  47. Kanampulla Nayanar
  48. Kari Nayanar
  49. Ninra Seer Nedumara Nayanar
  50. Mangayarkarasiyar
  51. Vayilar Nayanar
  52. Munaiyaduvar Nayanar
  53. Kazharsinga Nayanar
  54. Seruthunai Nayanar
  55. Idangazhi Nayanar
  56. Pugazh Tunai Nayanar
  57. Kotpuli Nayanar
  58. Pusalar Nayanar
  59. Nesa Nayanar
  60. Kochengat Chola Nayanar
  61. Tiru Neelakanta Yazhpanar
  62. Sadaya Nayanar
  63. Isaijnaniyar


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