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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The truth is one. It is beyond time and place. Though there are great scriptures like Upanishads, Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita and though each one revealed in different ways, they all arrived at the same truth. Though they came in different versions, the underlying truth remained the same in all their works.

Though they appeared to tread different path, they all sought to reach the same end; the liberation. Arunagirinathar too came in the glorious lineage of Gurus with a thiruppugal to remove the darkness and elevate humanity to the realization of the divinity within. Though Arunagirinathar presented us with the ideal form of worship, the Thiruppugazh, it underlined the same truth, the Advaita Vedanta, which Adi Sankara postulated.

We find glimpses of Advaita philosophy at many places in Thiruppugazh. Throughout Thiruppugazh we find the principle of oneness. He did not find any difference between Hari and Hara. Just as Adi Sankara, Arunagirinathar also embarked on a long pilgrimage and visited temples and met saints. 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.


The Manisha Panchakam composed by Adi Sankara conveys the message that he who goes beyond bodily concepts like caste attains Self knowledge.

We find glimpses of Advaita philosophy in many songs of Arunagirinathar. In Kandhar Anubhuti, he describes Muruga as Brahman, without any attribute or quality.

In another verse, he says: In his Swami Malai song, Arunagirinathar prays: Here, the poet implies that the Self Atman that shines in one is the same that shines in others. In the song rendered at Tiruchendur Iyalisayil. Thus we find that basically, Arunagirinthar was an Adwaitin. He did not believe in any difference. He saw Muruga as another form of Siva and as related to Lord Vishnu.

He saw all Gods having different forms as manifestation of one reality, the Brahman. He gave the message that God is not anywhere outside but within.

Thiruppugazh is like Kalpaka Vriksha, Karpagamena vinai kadithekum…. Kaithalaa wish-full-filling tree which gives whatever the devotee asks for.

In fact, by reciting Thiruppugazh, a devotee gets blessed with whatever he thinks best for him. Avar avar ichayil evai evai utranabut that is only the first stage. From being blessed with whatever he thinks best for him, he ultimately gets blessed with what Muruga thinks best for him; yhirupugal liberate him from the morass of repeated life and death.

Thiuruppugazh gives him the nectar by which he does not have to come back to this world of sorrows, the nectar by which he attains immortality Amritam Gamaya. Having been a student of Thiruppugazh for many years, I thought that by the excuse of a book, I can learn more and hence this arunagirinathwr.

Thiruppugazh – Wikipedia

I have selected certain songs which dealt with the question of liberation Mukti and made an attempt to interpret the verses from my own limited understanding. I have done the commentary purely from the point of view of a seeker or a student. Thiruppugazh is meant to be rendered in harmony with Raga, in rhythm to thala, with full arinagirinathar of the meaning and with full devotion bhava. It is rare to have combination of all these qualities in one person. A devotee may not have the skill in music.


A devotee may not have the full knowledge of the meaning.

Arunagirinathar – Wikipedia

How such a devotee would adopt Thiruppugazh as his means of worship? You may not be able to sing in accordance with Raga, you may not be able to comprehend the meaning.

It is enough if you lend your ears. It is enough if you attend a Thiruppugazh satsang. It is enough if you be the part of Thiruppugazh culture which kindles the spirit of devotion in your heart and elevates you to the experience of arunxgirinathar presence of Muruga within.

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Though this website was launched to introduce the book, it continued to survive even when all the books were sold out. It continued to be the medium arunagitinathar highlight the glory of Muruga through the tihrupugal of Sri Arunagirinathar. We are delighted to have you as a visitor to this website and we pray Lord Muruga to bless you not necessarily with all that your mind wishes but certainly all that your heart, the abode of Muruga, wishes.