Once upon a time, there lived a pious potter who was extremely dear to lord Shiva. He had made his profession a service to the Shaivites.
Ilayankudi Mara Nayanar is known for his hospitable nature. He saw Shaivites as lord Shiva himself. His real name is Maranar.
Sundaramoorthy Nayanar visited many pilgrimages and blessed the common people. On reaching Adigai Veerattanam, he refused to place his foot on the land.
The lord went in the disguise of a Brahmin and knocked Paravayar’s door. But, due to her extreme rage, Paravayar failed to recognize the lord and shunned his proposal.
Once a severe drought struck the Nagapattinam District, where Sundarar stayed. It was district calamity. Hence, it also affected Sundarar’s hometown Tiruvarur.
There are various incidents that show Lord Shiva’s liking for Sundarar’s music. The innocent lord also came up with many pranks to force him into singing.
Sundaramoorthy Nayanar was a Tamil devotee who flourished in the 8th century. He travelled extensively and spread the name of Lord Shiva.