Apputhi Adigal, also known as Apputhi Nayanmar, belonged to Shaivism. He is one among the 63 Shaivite nayanmars.
Apputhi Adigal was born in Thingalur at Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu during 7th century AD. He was a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva and a follower of Appar.
Once Appar went to Apputhi Adigal’s house. And Apputhi Adigal fell at his guru’s feet and worshipped him. And he arranged a grand feast for Appar. Apputhi Adigal’s son was bitten by a snake while cutting the banana leaves for providing food to Appar. Appar prayed to Lord Shiva and sung in praise of him, and immediately the child has got back to his life.
Apputhi Adigal has got the grace of Shiva by serving Appar. The Periya Puranam also praises the devotion of Apputhi Adigal towards Lord Shiva.
Both Sundarar and Appar have praised him, for his sincere devotion to Lord Shiva. Apputhi Adigal is worshipped in the Tamil month of Thai.
Apputhi Adigal was well known for hosting feasts to the devotees of Lord Shiva. He is a great shiva devotee and is living in the Kailasa, along with other nayanmars and shiva ganas. Let us pray to him and to Lord Shiva and be blessed.
“OM SREE APPUTHI ADIGALE NAMAHA”
“OM NAMAH SHIVAYA”