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Glimpses into Tamil Saiva Poetry by: Dr. Sharda Narayanan , Madhangi Rathnavel



ISBN: 9788193081266
Year Of Publication: 2021
Edition: 1st
Pages : xxi, 358
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography, Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Ambika Aksharavali
Foreword By : Lakshmi Viswanathan
Size: 23
Weight: 800

Tirumurai is the sacred poetry in the Saiva tradition of ancient Tamilnadu. Sung to the rhythm of percussion, string and reed instruments, the devotional outpouring of saints and poets known as Nayanars of the fifth to the twelfth century CE reflect the religious and cultural mores of the people. This book attempts to capture the grandeur of this vast, fascinating subject by presenting a detailed overview of the salient features. Beginning with an introduction to Nataraja Tattvam and Tamil Isai, all twelve Tirumurai are explained. Each chapter begins with the life story of the Nayanar followed by an analysis of the poetry with explanation of paN (raga) and sthala puranam. A few select songs from each Tirumurai are presented in the original Tamil with Romanized transliteration as well as English translation, made available in an online audio album complementing this book. Foreword by Lakshmi Viswanathan




1. Cosmic Dance of Siva

1.1 The Legemd of Ananda Tandava

1.2 Chidambaram Temple

1.3 Symbolism of Nataraja

1.4 Artistic Representation

1.5 Nayanars and Tirumurai

1.6 Salient Features of Saiva Philosophy

2.Pannisai Tradition

2.1 Tamil Iyal – Literature

2.2 Tamil Isai – Music

2.3 Discovery of Tevaram Hymns

2.4 Literary Features of Tevaram

2.5 The Tradition of Pan


3.1 Life History of Sambandhar

3.2 Tirukadaikappu and their Beauty

3.3 A Few Hymns


4.1 Life History of Tirunavukkarasar

4.2 Tevaram of Tirunavukkarasar

4.3 A Few Hymns

5.Sundaramurti Nayanar

5.1 Life History of Sundarar

5.2 Tiruppattu of Sundarar

5.3 A Few Hymns


6.1 LIfe History of Manikkavachagar

6.2 Tiruvachakam and Tirukkovaiyar

6.3 A Few Hymns

7.The Ninth Tirumurai

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Nine Nayanars

7.3 Tiruvisaippa and Tirupallandu

8.Tirumantiram of Tirumular

8.1 LIfe History of Tirumular

8.2 The Nine Tantrans

8.3 A Few Verses

9.The Eleventh Tirumurai

9.1 The Arrangement of Hymns

9.2 Twelve Nayanars

9.3 A Few Somgs

10.Periya Puranam of Sekkizhar

10.1 The Cultural Context

10.2 Tiru Tondar Puranam

10.3 A Few Songs


10.4 Notes

10.5 Glossary of Common Terms

10.6 List of Songs in audio album

10.7 Bibliography

10.8 Index

Meet the Author
Sharda Narayanan received a firm foundation in Sanskrit literature, Nyaya and Vedanta from the late Vidwan C. Anantacharya. Academically brilliant right through, she received Master's degrees in Physics and Sanskrit from Bangalore University and later researched Vakyapadiya at JNU, New Delhi. She has taught Physics at Notre Dame Academy, Patna and Mount Carmel College, Bangalore for several years and also taught Sanskrit at the JNU. Fluent in Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Sanskrit and English, as also very active in Sanskrit drama she has a keen interest in travel and English literature. She is most suited to studying and interpreting Sanskrit texts and has already several published research papers to her credit.
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