|IN the village of
Athanur in the Chola country, there lived a pious man called Nanda.
He belonged to the tiller class. We call them Harijans today.
Nanda worked for the village, and lived on whatever the people
Nanda was greatly devoted to God Siva.
In temples they beat drums. Haven't you heard them? These drums
need leather. Leather comes from the bodies of dead animals. Nanda gave leather pieces to
Siva temples free, because of his love of God.
Everyday Nanda stood at a distance from the temple, and
worshipped God. He could not go into the temple. In those days
Harijans were not allowed entry into big temples.
Near Athanur was another villa-e called Punkanur. In Punkanur
is a great Siva temple. Nanda went to that village also to Worship the God there. He could
not go inside. So there also he prayed from outside the temple gate.