Thiru Muruga Kirupanandha Variyar, popularly known and reverently called Variyar Swamigal was born at Kangeyanallur, a small village on the northern bank of ‘Palar’ river. This village lies at a distance of 5 km between Vellore and Katpadi in Vellore District. This province is referred to as Thondai Nadu in Sangam literature.
His father Siva Thiru Mallayadasa Bhagavathar was well known for his discourses on ancient Purana & Ethics. He was a great scholar, his knowledge and wisdom in Purana, Ethics and literature were unlimited. Hence, he was conferred with the title “Puranethikasa Paarangathar”. He established ‘Thirupugazh Sabhas’ in each and every place to propagate “Thirupugazh” , the songs which spell the glory of god Muruga.
Madhu Shri Kanagavalli Ammaiyar, his mother was a noble, highly discipline calm, affectionate holy woman. She was always align with the thoughts of her husband. Her kindness and helping tendency towards mankind particularly towards poor was endless. His parents belong to Sengunthar group following Veerashaiva traditions (Primarily followers of Lord Siva). They had 11 children and swamigal was the fourth child.
Variyar Swamigal never stepped into any school. But his father Mallayadasar taught him education, Literature, grammar, music and instrumental music, particularly Veena, Swamigal started reading and learning texts at Third year of his age. Swamigal was capable of authoring Venbas (a sort of Tamil lyric) at his eighth year of age. At his 12th year he memorized ten thousand poems and authored texts like ‘Ashta Naga Bandham’, ‘Mayil’,’Vel’, and ‘Sivalinga Bandams’ which were too hard and a challenge for even highly learned scholars.
Variyar Swamigal married Amirtha Lakshmi, daughter of his maternal uncle at his 19th age. It is said that saints like Thiruvalluvar had no children since no sacred life was available to call them as ‘father’. So was the case in Variyar Swamigal also.
The motto of being a human in this world is to serve others before self. The people love other live for other, even the bone of kind people belongs to all other. So is a statement in Thirukkural and according to that, Variyar Swamigal toiled for others, for the people, for the world throughout his life span. It is said that one who sees a thousand crescents in his life has lived for a full span with entire fulfilment in all aspects of life. Thus Variyar Swamigal lived as a pearl representing the Pancha Boodhas. That is why he was born in this earth and attained eternal life in the space on 07.11.1993.
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