1. sambandhar bore no hate for the jainas but allowed the impalement to go ahead as the latter had set fire to a monastery filled with innocent shaivas, just to kill him alone: thevaaram.org/thirumurai_1/s…

2. Jainas impaled themselves: thevaaram.org/thirumurai_1/s…
3. Who forsook their own values of non-violence & proposed the impalement as the wager! thevaaram.org/thirumurai_1/s…

4. That they forsook the ordinances meant for them (such as forebearance, etc) & became wrathful & vengeful is also noted: thevaaram.org/thirumurai_1/s…
5. That shrI-sambandhar, despite his supreme status among the shaiva saints, *may* have done something not correct by not interfering with the impalement is traditionally deemed to have been implied in this verse of the 7th century saint, sundarar: thevaaram.org/thirumurai_1/s…
5. Cont'd: If there was any "mistake" (I do not think that there was any mistake; even if there was such a mistake, it was, as the above verse indicates, accepted & ratified by shiva), it can only be the non-interference with the self-impalement.
6. Even for that "mistake" of non-interference, there is a temple which sambandhar visited to remove that so-called "sin": temple.dinamalar.com/New.php?id=223
So, impalement was not sambandhar's or even the king's or the minister's idea. It was proposed by the Jainas who had hoped to see a 12-year old boy get impaled after being defeated in the theological dispute. Nor was it even remotely instigated by sambandhar after the victory.
The minister didn't have to do anything for the impalement as the Jainas did it themselves (this honestly should not surprise anyone; instances of self-inflicted violence pervade the drAviDa ethos & Jainam with its self-mortification wouldn't exactly be a great counter to this)
Killing oneself if one lost was just part of the "old world ethos" where self-inflicted violence was far from uncommon. Sambandhar's only act here was one of omission - His not speaking to the king to stop the Jainas from impaling themselves. That is all.
And even this issue has been pre-empted & answered by cEkkizhAr (whose verses are quoted at the start of this thread), the hagiographer of the 63 shaiva saints. There is even a temple related to sambandhar feeling remorse.
Do note that the pANDya king & minister are never the subject of this inquiry in tradition. They are practitioners of kSatradharma & whether it is daNDa (royally inflicted punishment) or an agreement to self-punish, such regulated violence was consonant with their dharma.
It is the divine sambandhar, who drank milk at the bosom of devI, who is expected to have attempted to order the king to stop the Jainas from self-impaling. He, in his wisdom, saw it as their ordained karmaphala for their wanting to burn to death sleeping shaivas in a monastery.
But given his exalted nature, he was still expected to interfere as the pANDya king & minister were both at his disposal. The "sin" has hardly anything to do with the deaths of the Jainas but has all to do with what he should have done *for shiva* as the most exalted of shaivas.
It is for that he goes to a certain temple & is purified. In other words, the shaiva tradition has already duly noted the complexities of this event & has taken care of it sufficiently.
Any attempt to use this event to attack the emperor of shaivas is just dishonest & insidious.

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