Tiruppugazh, composed by saint poet Arunagirinathar, is unique because it brings before us the image of Lord Muruga in full splendour and glory and bestows. The very famed poet Arunagirinathar found his devotional calling when he was rescued by a stranger as he was attempting to give up his life. He claimed that.

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While others rendered songs and then realized God at the end, Arunagirinathar realized the God at the very beginning and then rendered his songs.


It was the time when people made different classification like Saivisim and Vaishnivism. We find glimpses of Advaita philosophy in many songs of Arunagirinathar. The poet Arunagirinathar represents a remarkable blend of Tamil literary genius, devotion to Murugan and musical expertise.

After arunagirinatthar demise, his son Chengalvaraya Pillai brought out a new edition of the book of songs. Arunagirinathar utilises certain repetitive phrases to achieve movement and colour in his poems. He visited the six most sacred abodes of Lord Muruga, ThirupparankundramThiruchendurPalaniSwamimalaiThiruthaniPazhamudhir Cholaiholy shrines of MurugaSiva and other deities, composing song on the significance of each. Saint Arunagirinathar gave a new orientation to Tamil devotional literature.

Thiruppugazh — Musical Way of Worship

Thiruppugazh is a set of songs that kindles the music of devotion in one’s heart and stimulates spiritual awakening in the mind. Though Arunagirinathar composed Thiruppugazh, the verses written in manuscript form remained at different sources. Kandar Andhati, a set of hymns consisting of stanzas, is remarkable for its many wonderful features.

He has shown familiarity with rituals pertaining to Vamacharathough one who worships the Devi internally may not worship her externally.


At a very young age, he studied scriptures, Itihas and Arunagkrinathar. You may filter the songs to your liking, bookmark them and also add them to your favorite playlists at any point of time. Soon, Arunagiri realized that the saviour was none other than Lord Muruga.

In his song, Sivanar Manam Kulira, He described the various acts of frolics done by Krishna stealing the butter from the neighboring houses. Known as Gnana Vel, it is believed to radiate the light of knowledge.

At every temple he visited, he composed songs highlighting the importance of the shrine there. He considered jumping to his death from the temple tower but according to legends, the God Murugan himself prevented him from thirupugla suicide, [2] [3] cured his leprosy, showed arunagirinatar a path of reform and piety, initiated him to create devotional songs for the benefit of mankind.

Arunagirinathar has combined his poetic skill and his devotion towards Muruga with remarkable ease. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The truth is one. In the song rendered at Kasi DhaaranikathiArunagirinathar seeks the blessings of Lord Viswanatha to be able to go beyond the realm of body and mind and attain knowledge by which he would be able to experience the Muruga within.

How such a devotee would adopt Thiruppugazh as his means of worship? In Kandhar Anuboothi, which is a subjective narration, the author spells out his own divine experience of how the Lord extended His helping hand.

Welcome to Thiruppugazh home

He lost his parents at an early age and was brought up by his sister. Though they appeared to tread different path, they all sought to reach the same end; the liberation. It is powerful enough to ward off all ill effects arising out of Karma or planetary influence.


Varying rhythms were in-built into the songs in arunagidinathar way that every song has a distinct Thala or time measure.

It continued to be the medium to highlight the glory of Muruga through the verses of Sri Arunagirinathar. The majority of the arnagirinathar are sung to Murugan, but there are also a few songs that sing of deeds of Siva or the avatars of Vishnuand of the power of Parvathi.

He did not believe in any difference.

Arunagirinathar – Wikipedia

Tamil language has acquired a unique dimension and sanctity in the hands of Arunagirinathar who handled the language very beautifully in poetic verses. Thiuruppugazh gives him the nectar by which he does not have to come back to this world of sorrows, the nectar by arunagiriathar he attains immortality Amritam Gamaya. This section may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia’s quality standards.

After extensive visit of temples Arunagirinathar returned to Tiruvannamalai and continued his spiritual mission. Retrieved from ” https: What can the Lord of Death do to me? How can disaster fall on me? Arunagirinathar visited over temples of Siva, Muruga, Vishnu and other deities.

Overwhelmed in devotion, Muthamma, a pious lady of Tiruvannamalai, prayed that she should be blessed with a child who would excel not only in her devotion but also in her knowledge.

At one point of time, he realised his mistake and decided to end his life by falling from the temple tower of Tiruvannamalai.