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Garland of Hymns to Muruga

Apart from the garland of songs which Arunagirinathar has weaved and offered as Thiruppugazh, he has also made beautiful garland of hymns to adore Muruga. While the garland of songs hailed the Lord and sought His grace, the garland of hymns like Kandhar Anubhuti revealed his own experience of having received the grace. While the […]

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The sparks

Most of the time, Bhagavan remained in silence. Sometime, he did not give reply and sometime he gave reply after few days, but at all times he gave the reply in short and in few words. Sri Venkataramiah who moved very closely with Bhagavan noted the brief reply Bhagavan gave and published them in detail […]

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Thiruppugazh, Glory to Lord Muruga

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 knowledge. It was sometime in 15th century and the God she prayed was Lord Arunachala. The Lord heard her prayer and blessed her with a son. […]

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Anubhuti and Aksharamana Malai

While Sri Arunagirinathar weaved many garlands of songs (Paamalai) and offered them to different manifestations of God, Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi made a garland of letters (Aksharamana Malai) and offered them to Lord Arunachala. While Arunagirinathar rendered over 16,000 songs in eloquent verses of Thiruppugazh, Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi remained in silence most of the […]

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Thiruppugazh Anbargal

The Thiruppugazh wave created by Guruji swept across the nation and abroad. His disciples and followers have increased multi-fold. Those who learned direct from Guruji carried the Thiruppugazh tradition forward. Those who moved over to other places started conducting classes and recitals from where they settled. The Thiruppugazh carried a unique divine power which attracted […]

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Sacred Ash

A true devotee is identified by the sacred ash (Vibhuti) applied on his fore-head. Vibhuti symbolizes pure devotion. Another name for Vibhuti is Bhasmam which means remains of fire. Just as the material substance is destroyed in fire, any evil influence that surrounds a person gets destroyed by the power of Vibhuti. When the sacred […]

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Thiruppugazh Through Generations

Muruga worship, done through different means, is very ancient. It dates back to several centuries. From the day Muruga blessed him and Arunagirinathar composed his brilliant work of devotion, ‘Thiruppugazh’ became synonymous with Muruga worship. Thiruppugazh was hailed as wonderful verses in eastern, western, southern and northern regions even in Arunagirinathar’s time (bathargal arbudha mena […]

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‘Guruji’ Sri A.S. Raghavan

Though he took up a position in office at Bombay, it was music that was pulsating in his heart. He got the opportunity to learn music from Sri Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, a great Pundit. Even while doing his duties, Sri Raghavan ruminated what was the role Senthil Andavar had assigned for him. That was the time […]

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‘Thiruppugazh Mani, Sri T.M. Krishnaswamy Iyer

A judge residing at Mylapore was too pre-occupied with his legal profession. Like a true Karma Yogi, he was always engaged in doing  the work assigned to him.  Even while at home, he would be studying the papers and preparing for the next day’s session. Then, a friend called at his residence and made a […]

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Vallimalai Sri Sachidananda Swamigal

“Vangaraa Marbilani Tharoduyar Kodasaya”. The song came from a woman devotee. The venue was the sacred shrine of Lord Palani Andavar. Among those 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 impression. He could discern some […]