Great Shiva devotee Saint Nandanar was born in a family of drum beaters somewhere between the seventh and ninth centuries of the common era. Nandanar was not allowed to enter the temple gates because the caste-ridden society of his times practiced untouchability.
Since he was a child, he chanted Shiva's names, sang songs in his glory and constantly sought to be close to temples of the Lord. Once, he visited a temple and was overtaken by a love for the lord but was unable to have darshan of the lord. The idol of Nandi, the Lord's mount, obstructed his view.
Nandanar, the true devotee of the Lord wept. He prayed to Nandi to shift so he could have darshan of the Lord. The Lord, Mahadev, the highest of the high, ordered Nandi to shift, and he did. Nandanar had his darshan.
Nandanar experienced rapture at the sight of the merciful Lord, the refuge of the Universe!
May the example of Nandanar the most elevated of Shiva Bhaktas guide us to the lotus feet of the one with a body as White as Camphor!
Sant Nandanar ki jai! Shiv Shambho Mahadev ki jai!
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