Dandi Adigal is a Nayanar saint and a great devotee of Lord Shiva. Dandiyadigal Nayanar is 31st Nayanar Saint.
He was born and lived at Tiruvarur. Daily he will used to take food only after chanting the shiva mantra “OM NAMAH SHIVAYA” and doing Shiva puja. Though he was blind, he served Lord shiva and his devotees in a proper manner. Daily he will used to provide food to the devotees of Lord Shiva and worshipped Lord Shiva at the Shiva temple at Tiruvarur and sing the glory of Lord Shiva and also invoked the bhakti spirit among the people.
Due to the encroachment kept by the Jain people, near the Shiva temple at Tiruvarur, Dandi Adigal decided to renovate the temple tank and started doing his work. The Jains were disliked by his act and starting disturbing his work.Since his work was interrupted, Dandi Adigal requested Lord Shiva to help him. Due to the blessings of Lord Shiva, Dandi Adigal has got his eye sight and since the Jains were gave several disturbances to him, they were become blind. Then with the help of the Chola king, the renovation of the temple tank was completed.
After his death, he attained “SALVATION” and reached Kailasa, the holy abode of Lord Shiva.
During the Tamil month of Panguni, his festival is celebrated as Guru Puja in all the Shiva temples.
Even though he was born as a blind person, he didn’t blame the god for his sufferings, but concentrated his attention only on devoting Lord Shiva. He had served both the god and his devotees in a well versed manner. He dedicated his entire life in chanting the names and reciting the Slokas of Lord Shiva.
Let us worship the great nayanar saint and be blessed.
“OM SREE DANDIYADIGALE NAMAHA”
“OM NAMAH SHIVAYA”
“OM SAKTHI PARASAKTHI”