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Arunagirinatha! Oh! Arunagurunatha!

The hill that wards of sins, karmas and Vasanas, the hill that represents the element of fire, the hill that liberates the soul at mere thought, It is Tiruvannamalai hill, the abode of Arunachala. Here, at this sacred place appeared, a brilliant star. He was Arunagiri, the embodiment of devotion. Muruga appeared before him with […]

Thakara Varga Paadal Read more

Thakara Varga Paadal

“திதத்தத்தத் தித்தத் திதிதாதை தாததுத் தித்தத்திதா திதத்தத்தத் தித்த திதித்தித்த தேதுத்து தித்திதத்தா திதத்தத்தத் தித்தத்தை தாததி தேதுதை தாததத்து திதத்தத்தத் தித்தித்தி தீதீ திதிதுதி தீதொத்ததே” Unless one is extra-ordinarily brilliant in Tamil literature, it is very difficult to comprehend the above passage which appears as the 54th stanza of Kandar Anthadi, composed by Arunagirinathar. The background in which Arunagirinathar composed […]

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Glimpses of Ramayana in Thiruppugazh

  All devotional works hail the glory (Pugazh) of the Lord and come under the category of Thiru Pugazh but only Arunagirinathar’s works got that title because he alone described the Glory of the Lord truly and completely and rightly deserved the name “Thiru Pugazh”. Arunagirinatha Swamigal, the author of Thiruppugazh was born around 16th […]

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Maragatham, the Amazing Story of a Modern Saint

  Sankaranarayana Sastri, a scholar by nature and a lawyer by profession, was deeply absorbed in his studies at home. Normally no member of the house intervenes or disturbs him on such occasion.  But that day, his attention was diverted when he felt someone had entered into his room.  Looking up, he saw his daughter […]

Thaipusam at Palani Read more

Thaipusam at Palani

The advent of ‘Thai’, the auspicious Tamil month, heralds a new era of happiness and prosperity. This month is significant in many respects. On this day, also known as Makara Sankranti, the sun changes direction towards north (uttarayanam). It is on this day, the traditional Pongal festival is celebrated with immense enthusiasm. The word ‘pongal’ […]

Dharmamigu Chennai Read more

Dharmamigu Chennai

There are many factors that contribute to Chennai’s greatness and the prime one is the culture, the tradtion and the spiritual values it upholds. Almost every day, one finds some cultural activity like dance, drama or music taking place somewhere in the city. It is the city, where Lord Kapaleeswarar flanked by Karpagambal resides. There […]

‘Guruji’ Sri A.S. Raghavan Read more

‘Guruji’ Sri A.S. Raghavan

Arumugamangalam is a small village in Tirunelveli District. The year was 1928. Sri Subbiah Sastrigal and Smt. Ramalakshmi Ammal couple felt sad that their four-year old boy was unable to walk. They took the child to the Doctor, but despite his best effort, the Doctor could not be of any help. ‘It seems, the disease […]

Vallimalai Sri Satchidananda Swamigal Read more

Vallimalai Sri Satchidananda Swamigal

“Vangaraa Marbilani Tharoduyar Kodasaya”. The song came from a woman devotee. The venue was the hall before the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Palani Andavar. Among the many devotees who were waiting for the opening of the doors, Ardhanari was also one. While all others just heard this song, for Ardhanari, the song made an enormous […]

Thiruppugazh – The Means and the End Read more

Thiruppugazh – The Means and the End

A Sadhaka has two-fold aim in his life; to lead this life here peacefully and perfectly and to take this life there, to its right and ultimate destination. Anyone would be able to achieve these two objectives easily by simple means of devotion. However, the path by which one walks in this life is always […]