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By Swami Harshananda

Aruṇagirināthar was an author of a work called 'Tiruppugal' which contains soul-stirring hymns on Lord Muruga (Subrahmaṇya), is very popular in Tamil Nadu.

  • He was a Śaiva saint who lived in the 15th century.
  • It is said that he had an infamous birth and led a riotous life in his youth.
  • A simple remark from his own sister caused such an intense remorse that he tried to commit suicide by jumping from the high tower of the temple.
  • However, God saved him in a miraculous way. Thenceforth he dedicated his life to God.
  • A sublime poetry welled forth from his heart as a result of divine grace showered on him.
  • Some other treatises are also attributed to him.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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