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    Hunter's bhakti in sivananda lahari
    courtesy:Sri.Anantanarayanan Vaidyanathan

    मार्गावर्तितपादुका पशुपतेरङ्गस्य कूर्चायते
    गण्डूषाम्बुनिषेचनं पुररिपोर्दिव्याभिषेकायते।
    किञ्चिद्भक्षितमांसशेषकबलं नव्योपहारायते
    भक्तिः किं न करोत्यहो वनचरो भक्तावतंसायते॥६३॥
    ॥श्रीमत् शङ्करभगवत्पाद विरचिते शिवानन्द लहर्याम्॥

    free translation
    what is there that sincere devotion cannot do?

    The footwear that war worn out through wandering in the forest was all that the hunter could find to clean and adorn the body of Shiva
    the water filling the mouth was used by the hunter to offer divine abhishekam to Shambu the vanquisher of the three worlds (puraripu.. the enemy of Tripuras)
    Pieces of meat, which the hunter tasted first to see whether it would suit the Lords palate became the naivedyam or holy offering of fresh food for Shankara
    And that obscure hunter became the greatest devotee of the Lord of Lords Parameshwara..