Thiruvilayadal Puranam (MP4 -Tamil)
Hinduism has a very rich body of religious works and literature.
Vedas and their associated works and their branching sciences and fields,
There is a body of literature called Puranas and Ithihasas. They are collection and compilations of stories, history, descriptions, explanations of rituals, geography, etc.
The Puranas are 18 in number. They are the major puranas.
Apart from these there are the minor puranas. Then there are the sthala puranas. These deal with the greatness of a particular holy place or religious centre.
There is one unique purana which is of a different calibre. This the Thiruvilaiyaadal Puranam. This puranam describes the 64 Divine Sports and Exploits of Lord Siva of Madurai known as Chokanatha or Sundaresvara.
There have been several puranas which dealt with the same theme. There is a Sanskrit version known as Halasya Mahathmiyam. The stories which form the corpus of the latest version of the Thiruvilayadal puranam are ancient. Some of the stories go backwards in time to the period of the second Tamil Sangam.
Many of the 64 stories have been mentioned by Thirugnyanasambandhar and Thirunavukkarasar. That would take them back before the 6th century AD.
Which would mean that whatever puranas about them that existed, must have vanished.
The latest version was composed by Parajothi Munivar in the 16th – 17th century.