According to these, Arunagirinathar led a hedonistic life as a young man. His disgust at his own conduct led him to attempt suicide by jumping off the temple tower at Thiruvannamalai. He was saved by a stranger, who, according to legend, was Murugan himself. Arunagirinathar was transformed, and began a long pilgrimage , visiting the Arupadai Veedu Six Abodes of Murugan , the six temples most sacred to Murugan, and over other holy shrines in India and Sri Lanka.
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In the Kandar Anubhuti, it is revealed that Arunagirinathar was an exponent of Shaktism. In Thiruppugazh, he describes the divine vehicles of Devi.
He has shown familiarity with rituals pertaining to Vamachara , though one who worships the Devi internally may not worship her externally. Subramania Pillai and his son V. Chengalvaraya Pillai of Thirutthani understood their value, retrieved and published them. In Subramania Pillai , a District Munsif, had the opportunity to hear a rendering of a Thiruppugazh song while he was on a tour of Chidambaram.
Captivated by the song, he decided to set out on a mission to search for the entire body of Thiruppugazh songs. He toured all over South India, collected manuscripts, including palm leaves , assembled the texts and published them in two volumes, the first in and the second in After his demise, his son Chengalvaraya Pillai brought out a new edition of the book of songs. He also went to so many shrines such as Shiva temple and Muruga temples, Melakadambur is one of them.
The place Kadambur lies in the banks of the river Vadavaaru. Music of Tiruppugazh[ edit ] There is no doubt that Arunagirinathar possessed a deep knowledge of music and rhythms. Though he has himself not employed them, he mentioned the fundamental five Marga talas - Shashatputam, ShashapuTam, Shatpitaputrikam, Sampatveshtakam and Udghattam as well as three others - Utsava, Darpana and Charchari talas.
His compositions are set in complex meters and form an alternate system of talas called Chanda meter-based talas. The original music of Arunagirinathar has unfortunately not survived which has necessitated them to be re-tuned in recent times.
Early musicians who set Tiruppugazh to music included Carnatic musical giant, Kancheepuram Naina Pillai and his disciple, Chittoor Subramaniam Pillai . Several musicians including G N Balasubramaniam, Alathur Brothers and M M Dandapani Deshikar used to render many of these prominently in their concerts and soon there was not a single musician who had not learnt at least a few of these.
A great number of these were also set to music by noted Tiruppugazh exponent A S Raghavan which enabled these masterful creations to gain mass popularity. Thanks to him, Thiruppugazh classes sprung up both in cities and rural areas, and Thiruppugazh Anbargal started performing in various forums including Temples, Music Sabhas and homes of devotees where they attracted large audiences.
Some of these students who settled in countries outside India started Thiruppugazh classes in their new communities, thus extending the reach of his movement to other continents, and giving the movement an international footing. Other musicians who have set music to Tiruppugazh include Chitravina N Ravikiran. Soundararajan in the title role, was released.
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