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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.
Thani adiyar - 63 (Nayanmar)
Thirunamam Sivayogam day
1. Thirunilakanda nayanar thai - vichAkam 2. Iyarpakai nayanar mArkazi - uththiram 3. Ilaiyankudi maara nayanar AvaNi - makam 4. Meypporul nayanar kArththikai - uththiram 5. Viranminda nayanar chiththirai - thiruvAdhirai 6. Amarnidhi nayanar Ani - pUram 7. Eripaththa nayanar mAchi - hastam 8. Enathi natha nayanar purattAchi - uththiram 9. Kannappa nayanar thai - mirugachIrcham 10. Kunkiliyak kalaya nayanar AvaNi - mUlam 11. Manak kanychara nayanar mArkazi - svAdhi 12. Arivattaya nayanar thai - thiruvAdhirai 13. Anaya nayanar kArthikai - hastam 14. Murththi nayanar Adi - kruthikai 15. Muruga nayanar vaikAchi - mUlam 16. Uruththira pachupathi nayanar purattAchi - asvini 17. Thirunalaip povar nayanar purattAchi - rOhiNi 18. Thirukkuripputh thondar chiththirai - svAthi 19. Chandicha nayanar thai - uththiram 20. Thirunavukkarachaar (Appar) chiththirai - chathayam 21. Kulachchirai nayanar AvaNi - anusham 22. Perumizalaik kurumba nayanar Adi - chiththirai 23. Karaikkal ammaiyar paN^guni - svAti 24. AppuUdhi adikalar thai - chadhayam 25. Thiru nilanakka nayanar vaikAchi - mUlam 26. Naminandhi nayanar vaikAchi - pUsam 27. Thiru Gnanasampandhar vaikAchi - mUlam 28. Eyarkon kalikamar Ani - rEvati 29. Thirumula nayanar aippachi - asvini 30. DhandiyadikaL paN^guni - chadhayam 31. Murgga nayanar kArththikai - mUlam 32. Chomachi mara nayanar vaikAchi - Ayilyam 33. Chakkiya nayanar mArkazi - pUrAdam 34. Chirappuli nayanar kArththikai - pUrAdam 35. Chiruththonda nayanar chiththirai - baraNi 36. Kazarirru arivar nayanar (Cheraman perumal nayanar) Adi - svAti 37. Gana nadha nayanar paN^guni - thiruvAdhirai 38. Kurruva nayanar Adi - thiruvAdhirai 39. Pukazch choza nayanar Adi - kruththikai 40. Narachinka munaiyaraiya nayanar purattAchi - chadhayam 41. Adhipaththa nayanar AvaNi - Ayilyam 42. Kalikkamba nayanar thai - rEvathi 43. Kaliya nayanar Adi - kEttai 44. Chaththi nayanar aippachi - pUcham 45. AiyadikaL kadavar kon nayanar aippachi - mUlam 46. Kanampulla nayanar kArththikai - kruththikai 47. Kari nayanar mAchi - pUrAdam 48. Ninra chir nedumara nayanar aippachi - baraNi 49. Vayilar nayanar mArkazi - rEvathi 50. MunaiyaduyAr nayanar paN^guni - pUsam 51. Kazarchinka nayanar vaikAchi - baraNi 52. Idankazi nayanar aippachi - kruththikai 53. Cheruththunai nayanar AvaNi - pUsam 54. Pukazth thunai nayanar AvaNi - Ayilyam 55. Kotpuli nayanar Adi - kEttai 56. Puchalar nayanar aippachi - anusham 57. Mankayarkkarachiyar nayanar chiththirai - rOhiNi 58. Necha nayanar paN^kuni - rOhiNi 59. Kochchenkat choza nayanar machi chadhayam 60. Thirunilakanda yazppana nayanar vaikAchi - mUlam 61. Chadaiya nayanar mArkazi - thiruvAdhirai 62. Ichainyaniyar chiththirai - chiththirai 63. Sundhara murthi nayanar Adi - svAthi