Those were the glorious  days when the  most revered  Acharyar Swamy Yamuna Acharyar was living .  A great devotee Nambi also  lived near srirangam . One day,  Swamy  Yamunacharya was on the way to a  village .


To his surprise he saw  Nambi  who was working in the field was drinking the mud water in the field  with his two hands. Yamunacharya was amazed to see this action of  Nambi. He sent one of his disciples to  inquire  about his  strange act with Nambi .


Nambi with all humility  answered  Swamin !!  philosophically  this body  goes into this mud (earth)  after  our death  and this body  made up  of Panchabhootas has to rest at the place it originated ,  hence my taking mud water should  not amuse you .


Swamy Yamunachary was hearing his statement with interest .  He understood that  Nambi was almost like  Satakopa, who  had eradicated with anger, the Sata vayu before it enters into his body  and became Satakopa  our  Nammalvar only . He understood this great personality  was  non other than our  Swamy Nammazhwar .

Hence  he called him  Maran Err Nambi.


 Swamy Yamunachary  pleased with his answer , invited  Nambi to join  his ashram .  Nambi  was touched ….

He said Oh Acharyaa !!   ,

being born in  a  panchama  varna  my qualification  doesn’t suit to be amongs’t  learned disciples .


Swamy Yamunacharya  replied ,

My child … Nambee …..there  is  no caste-bar for  a  Brahmajnani and he  must  join him without any obstacle.


Thanking  his Gurudeva for the mercy … , He accompanied him to Srirangam and arranged his residence near his  Ashram . Nambi was overjoyed and served his Acharyar with unstinted devotion .


He  started  attending classes regularly and relishing the esoteric truths  . It was a great privilege to be amongst the great disciples of Swamy Yamunacharya.   Nambi’s joy knew no  bounds. He made a small idol, a  replica of his Acharya in clay and  started  worshiping with deep devotion . He  was always in the mood of serving his Acharyar  and was  thus immersed in the discourses .


  Once , looking at the small hall where the  daily discourses were conducted , Acharyar decided to enlarge  the  Hall in a new place and thus initiated construction  . He fixed an auspicious muhurtha for inaugurating the  New Hall and conduct   a class  .


Nambi  came to know about the New Hall  . He was keen to visit and do some service there . He managed to reach the New Hall and was amazed to see the large hall well ventilated . He walked inside the Hall with prestige for being a student of the great school .


Yamunacharya came to know through his disciples about Nambi visiting the Hall .  Pleased with the happening , Yamunacharya cancelled the  inaugural ceremony and informed that there is no  need for any  ceremony now , as Nambi’s foot sanctified the hall .  He decided  conduct the discourse immediately on the same day  

Thus , Maran Err Nambi earned that much of affection from his Acharya.


Once  Swamy Yamunacharya  was suffering from a painful disease called the carbuncle. Carbuncle, known as the King of Boils, Rajapilavai, in Tamil, is caused due to inflammation of tissues in the back and neck.


The shooting pain emanating from the fast-spreading boil would be unbearable.


Antibiotics and painkillers were unknown in those days and it is difficult to imagine the kind of pain the disease inflicted . Swamy Alavandar was suffering silently. He did not even let his disciples know about the disease lest they should be worried.  Perianambi and Thirukoshtiyur Nambi  the senior most disciples  alone knew.


One day Maraneri Nambi went to  Acharyars ashram .

He insisted that he should see his Acharyar .  The diciples resisted .

But Maraneri was adamant.

So he was let in.

 Acharyar attempted to cover his pain and welcomed him with a smile.


He thought that  Nambi  must  have  come   to clear his doubts in his lessons.

The best way out was to dispose Maraneri as early as possible without letting him find about his disease.

  Maraneri came into the room and prostrated at his Acharya’s feet.


 The Acharyar  spoke

 “May you be blessed, Maraneri Nambi.

Please get up.

You see I have a lot of things to do today.

Please tell me your doubts fast. We don’t have much time.


  Nambi replied  …

“ Acharya ,…

I have been your disciple for decades. Have I asked anything from you?”


“No” …….
“Today I have come to you with a desire. I have set my mind on that object. And I can’t live without that. You have that with you. Can you give that to me?

“It’s yours Maraneri. Whatever it is.”

“Thanks,  Acharya .”

Maraneri ran out to fetch a silver vessel containing the holy water.  Yamunacharya  was puzzled.

“Please Gurudeva my Gurudeva  show me your hands.”

“What  is this for,  Maraneri?”

jaya jaya

“When you gift a piece of land you need to solemnize the gift with the holy water, right?”

“Yes, you are right.

You want the mutt’s land near the river kaveri .

Well, it’s yours. Take it.” “No, Acharya.”

“Then..’ “Please repeat whatever I am going to say.


I, Yamunaithuraivar ,  do hereby gift to my disciple Maraneri Nambi, the Rajapilavai disease which I have now, along with the pain, the suffering and all the after-effects.

 The Acharyar was shocked .. He roared …


“What the hell you are doing, you idiot? This is not a game. This water is holy. And if I repeat whatever you said, then you will have the disease, you moron.  The disciple  innocently pleads……


 …. Acharyaa  Don’t ever say the words again.”  “You are one of the greatest Acharyas, the world has ever seen. You have promised to give whatever I want.

How can you go back on your word, Gurudeva?”


The Acharyar  replied My child … “But that’s ridiculous, Nambi.”“What is ridiculous, Acharya? You are our Guru. You have a hundred disciples. A thousand people come to you every day to listen to your words.


Even the Lord  in the temple is looking forward to see you every day.


“How can you afford to be confined to your bed? And by your kind, wise words you are removing our pains. Pains which have been following us for millions of births. How can you suffer in pain, Acharya?

I am a low-born worm, Gurudeva.


By accepting me as your disciple you made a gift to me which is worth more than the whole universe.


“Now, Gurudeva, please.. I beg of you.. please allow me to do my part. If you refuse to gift  your disease  to me , then I will have no option than to die at your feet. It’s your call.” Alavandar melted. He poured the water on his hand and chanted the appropriate mantra.

“Please bear with me, Gurudeva. I have one more request.”

Alavandar looked at his disciple through a screen of tears.

“Let this transaction be not known to anybody else in the world.”

Alavandar was happy and sad at the same time.

Happy that he had such a loving disciple and sad because he was forced to give so much of pain and suffering to such a nice man.

Maraneri Nambi went out as a happy man.

thiruppulanee v

Peria Nambi met him outside the room.

“Why are you so happy, my friend?”

“After many decades of discipleship it was only today that our Guru was kind enough to give me a precious prasadam.

And that too only after I compelled him to do so.”

Perianambi did not understand a word of what his friend said.


Alavandar’s recovery was quite dramatic after that day.

A week later Maraneri Nambi was down with carbuncle.

It is said that he suffered for three months from shooting pain.

Whenever he was in pain he would only chant the name of his Gurudeva and the pain subsided ..


Because his Guru’s blessings were fully on him and because the Lord was moved by his selfless love Maraneri Nambi recovered from the disease sooner than the usual time..


Swamy Mareneri Nambi ThiruAdigale sharanam

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan.



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13 thoughts on “THE DISCIPLE WHO TOOK THE PAIN OF HIS ACHARYAR (Maran Err Nambi Vaibhavam )

  1. Excellent example as to how a disciple has to render service to His Gurudev🙇🏻‍♀️✨🙏very beautifully written🙇🏻‍♀️✨🙏

  2. Excellent, it teaches us how guru bhakthi should be. Expects many more, Dasan Rajagopala Iyengar

  3. This article really moved me to tears. Very inspirational! Teaches us so much about guru bhakti.

  4. Hari Om!
    Maraner Nambi Vaibhavam shoots up tears…tears…tears…Likewise if we are prepared to suffer all pains in this Samsara, Perumal is sure to crown us one day! This is all the gist of our life!
    Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan – Jai Sriman Narayana!

  5. Reblogged this on kazhiyur varadan's web blog and commented:

    Alavandar was happy and sad at the same time. Happy that he had such a loving disciple and sad because he was forced to give so much of pain and suffering to such a nice man.

  6. No words to explain my feelings Very nicely told the charithra of our grate peoples A very good lesson how a Teacher and a Student must be. First time I am reading your blog Wish to read all and get myself immersed in that holy pleasure. Thanq

  7. I cannot imagine how mature are the hearts of the true disciples of our Acharyas. Many of whom we will even get a chance to know about.

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