Seruthunai Nayanar, was a Nayanar saint, and is considered as one among the 63 Nayanars.
Seruthunai Nayanar was born and lived in Thanjavur. He belongs to Vellalar caste, and a great devotee of Lord Shiva. He will used to visit Thiruvarur to worship Lord Shiva at the Sri Achaleswarar temple. He performed many temple services and offered food to the shiva devotees.
Once, a pallava king Kazharsinga and his queen visited Achaleswarar temple to worship Lord Shiva. The queen smelled a flower from the temple garden which was kept for offering it to Lord Shiva. On seeing the queen’s act, Seruthunai Nayanar was got angry with the Pallava queen and punished her by severing her nose. Kazharsinga arrived at that place and enquired about the incident. Seruthunai Nayanar told the entire happenings. The great king, Kazharsinga decided to punish the queen by cutting the hand of the queen, since only through her hand she had lifted the flower.
Due to his noble deeds, after his death Serunthunai nayanar had attained the holy abode of Lord Shiva, The Kailasa. Sundarar praises Seruthunai Nayanar in the famous text “Tiruthonda Thogai”. Seruthunai Nayanar is specially worshipped in the Tamil month of Avani, and he is worshipped along with other Nayanars in the shiva temples.
Serunthunai nayanar was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva, and always praised the glory of Lord Shiva and served his devotees in a humble manner. Whenever he worships Lord Shiva, he forgets about everything in his life, including hunger and thirst. Such a great devotee he is! Let us try to develop such kind of bhakti from him by sincerely worshipping the god and always keeping him in our heart.
Let us praise the great nayanar and be blessed.
“OM SREE SERUTHUNAI NAYANARE NAMAHA”
“OM NAMAH SHIVAYA”