From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Tiruppāḍ literally means ‘holy songs’.

Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār (5th century A. D.) was one of the sixty three Nāyanmārs.[1] She was known earlier as Punītavatī, the only offspring of a merchant, Dhanadattan. She had been married to Paramadattan, a rich merchant. She was a great devotee of Lord Śiva endowed with mystical powers.

Later on, she became a wandering minstrel, singing devotional songs on Śiva. These songs collected together are now known as Tiruppād.


  1. Nāyanmārs means Śaiva saints.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore