Nesa Nayanar

Nesa Nayanar, also known as Sivanesa Nayanar was one among the 63 Nayanars. Nesa Nayanar was a weaver, and he got the practice of weaving the clothes and offering it to Lord Shiva and to his devotees. His life is described in the Periya Puranam by Sekkizhar and was mentioned the importance about him. Nesa Nayanar was born in Karnataka, but after some time he shifted his place to Mayiladuthurai.
He used to frequently chant the Shiva Mantra “OM NAMAH SHIVAYA” on a daily basis. Apart from donating clothes to the deity and the devotees, he used to provide food to shiva devotees at his home. He got the habit of food donation from his younger age. And according to him, donating food and clothes to the devotees of Lord Shiva, is a great good deed.

Till his death, he continued the practice of giving food and the clothes to the poor and to the devotees of Lord Shiva. Due to his good deeds, and by the grace of Lord Shiva, after his death, Nesa Nayanar reached “KAILASA” the holy abode of Lord Shiva.
Swami Sivananda praises Nesa Nayanar for his sincere bhakti on Lord Shiva. He says that we must try to develop the habit of reciting shiva mantra in our life for countless number of times. By doing that act we can attain SALVATION, and can escape from this life cycle. Sundara Nayanar also praises Nesa Nayanar in the divine text Tiruthonda Thogai. Nesa Nayanar is mainly worshipped in the Tamil month of Panguni. Weavers of Mayiladuthurai worship him on this month. In shiva temples, he is worshipped by the devotees, along with the other Nayanars.
Though he was not a rich person, he had done lot of charity works and an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. He dedicated his entire life for doing service to Lord Shiva and to his devotees. Even today, in Kailasa, he is still worshipping Lord Shiva and Parvati and getting divine blessings from them.

Let us worship this great nayanar saint and be blessed.