Narasinga Muniyaraiyar Nayanar is the Nayanar saint and an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva.
Narasinga Muniyaraiyar Nayanar was the ruler of the state Tiru Munaipadi. He adopted Sundarar as his son and brought up Sundarar by providing all sorts of comforts to him.
He was a great devotee of Lord Shiva and his people were happy during his period. He had arranged several pujas and conducted homams at the Shiva temples on Shiva rathiri and Thiruvadirai festival. He also conducted puja in the temples on a daily basis. He provided food to the devotees of Lord Shiva, and took care of them in a good manner. He chanted the shiva panchakshara mantra on a daily basis. He would take his food, only after doing puja to Lord Shiva.
Once on a Thiruvathirai festival day, Lord Shiva transformed himself as a poor shiva devotee and attended the shiva puja and wears only a small cloth in his body. On seeing his appearance, the devotees were disliked with him. But, Muniyaraiyar gave a warm welcome to the poor devotee and offered rich food to him, and also gifted him gold coins and good dresses to him. His noble act was pleased by Lord Shiva, and he appeared in his true form with Mata Parvati and blessed him for a long life. And after his death, Muniyaraiyar had reached KAILASA, the divine abode of Lord Shiva.
During the tamil month of Purattasi his birthday is grandly celebrated as Guru Puja Day.
Due to his good karmic deeds done during his last birth, he had got an opportunity to adopt Sundarar as his son. Though he was a king, he lived a simple life, and concentrated mainly on shiva bhakti, and provided services to the god and to his devotees. He also spread the shaivism sect among the people, and explained the importance of worshipping Lord Shiva to the people.
Let us worship the great nayanar and be blessed.
“OM SREE NARASINGA MUNIYARAIYAR NAYANARE NAMAHA”
“OM NAMAH SHIVAYA”
“OM SAKTHI PARASAKTHI”