Who were the ‘Nayanars’?
Nayanars were Shaivites. There are sixty three saintly devotees of Shiva are known as Nayanar. Nayanars have a different way of living, follow and praying God, But sixty three devotees have one common thing is their intense love for the Lord. They led life themselves in kinds of different ways- Brahmacharyam (Sandesar), Grihastam (Nilakandar), Vanaprastam (Aiyadikal Kadavarkon), Sanyasam (Thirumular).