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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.

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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
 

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