( Sambandar one of the greatest saivite saints of Tamil Nadu .He lived in the 7th centuary AD in Tamil Nadu.He has been alluded as Dravida Sisu by Adhi Sankara in his great work “Soundarya Lahari” . When Sambandar was going from Shiva temple to Shiva temple and singing about the Gods there, Madurai was ruled by a king called Koon Pandian(Hunchback Pandian) , This king got converted himself to Jainism and the population of Jains sarted growing in the temple town of Madurai . But the queen of Madurai , Mangayarkasi and their chief minister were staunch Shivaites .They invited Sambandar to visit Madurai and try to convert back the king to Shaivism. The jains who came to know about that set fire to the place where Sambandar was residing. Sambandar is supposed to have sent that fire to the body of the king. Due to this the king developed high fever and no doctor was able to cure it .Then It seems Sambandar challenged the jains to cure the fever of the king . They accepted the Challenge and said, they would cure half the body and Sambandar should cure the other half. Sambandar went on applying the sacred ash from Madurai temple singing the following songs.The half part of the body of the king where sacred ash was applied was not only cured but lost its hunched back nature. The Jains failed in this test. Later Sambandar challenged the jains to put their books in the river and Sambandar put his writings. While the writings of jains sank in the river,The king accepted the Saivaite religion and is supposed to have massacred all the Jains in Madurai. Historians do not agree that such an incident took place .)
1.Maniramavathu neeru, Vanavar Melathu Neeru ,
Sundaram aavathu neeru , thuthikka paduvathu neeru,
THandiram Avathu neeru, Samayathil ullathu neeru
Senthuvar vaay umai pangan thiru Aalavayan” Thiru neere.
*Madurai also is known as Halasya Puri are Alavai nagaram
1,The Sacred ash is a manthra, Sacred ash is the one applied by Devas,
Sacred ash is prettiness, Sacred ash is one which is prayed to,
Sacred ash is the Thanthra, Sacred ash is the one in religion,
It is the sacred ash of The Lord of Madhurai who shared his body with red lipped Uma.
2,Vedathil ullathu Neeru venthuyar theerppathu neeru,
Potham thakuvathu neeru , punmai thavirppathu neeru ,
Odha tharuvathu neeru,Unmayile ullathu neeru,
Seetha punal vayl choozhntha thiru aalavayan thiru neeru.
2.Sacred ash is in the Vedas, Sacred ash is the one that cures great sorrows,
Sacred ash is the one that grants wisdom, Sacred ash is the one that avoid feeling of lowliness ,
Sacred ash is one suitable for learning, Sacred ash is the one that is in truth ,
That is sacred of the Lord of Madurai surrounded by cool springs.
3.Mukthi tharuvathu neeru, Munivargal anivathu neeru,
SAthiyam aavathu Neeru ,thakkor pugazvathu neeru,
Bhakthi tharuvathu neeru,parava iniyathu neeru,
Sidhi tharuvathu neeru,THiru Aalavayan thiru neeru.
3.Sacred ash gives salvation , Sacred ash is worn by sages,
Sacred ash is the truth , Sacred ash is sweet to praise ,
Sacred ash is the one giving powers and that is the Sacred ash of Madurai temple.