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Nayanars are group of 63 saints devoted to Lord Shiva. They composed many songs to Lord Shiva in Tamil Language. Their life stories and works are described in detail in Periya Puranam (great Purana), also called as Tiruttontarpuranam (Tiru-Thondar-Puranam, the Purana of the Holy Devotees). Periya Puranam is available on shaivam.org in Tamil and English (...


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The Nayanmars (also referred to as Nayanars) written in Tamil as நாயன்மார்கள், means "hounds of Siva",were a group of 63 saints (also saint poets) in the 6th to 9th century who were devoted to the Hindu god Shiva in Tamil Nadu. They, along with the 12 Alvar saints, (who were Vaishnavites) influenced the Bhakti movement in Tamil Nadu. In the 10th century the ...


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There is a saint known as Ramalinga adigal (Vallalar) who identified the ultimate to be a big light. He created the mahamantra: "Arutperunjoti Arutperunjyoti Thaniperunkarunai Arutperunjyoti". Following the book of Tirumular (Thirumandiram) he attained the form of light. But in his lectures and poems he insists on "Sympathy" (Dayavu) towards fellow beings ...


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