- Kumaragurupara Desikar
Kumaragurupara Desikar (c.
17th centuryAD) was a poetand Saivite asceticconnected with the Dharapuram mutt.
Kumaragurupara Desikar was born in a
Vellalafamily of Srivaikuntam, Tirunelveli district. He seems to have accumulated poetic talents at an early age for he wrote his first poem "Kalivenba" when he was barely 5 years old. The poem was dedicated to the shrine of Muruganat Tiruchendur. A few years later, he wrote "Pillaitamizh" in praise of MaduraiMeenakshi temple. Soon afterwards, he enrolled at the mutt at Dharapuram where he began to study "Saiva Siddhanta".
Adoption of an ascetic lifestyle
On entering the Dharapuram mutt, he made a detailed study of the system of Saiva Siddhanta and worked on improving his knowledge of Tamil and
Sanskrit. Convinced of his deep learning and sincerity towards leading an ascetic lifestyle, the heads of the mutt conferred upon him the title of "Tambiran". He then travelled to Kasiand presided over the local mtt until his death.
In all, Kumaragurupara has compiled 14 poems, the best of which, the "Nidineri-vilakkam" has been translated into English.
* cite book | title=The Tamil Plutarch, containing a summary account of the lives of poets and poetesses of Southern India and Ceylon | last=Chitty| first=Simon Casie| date=1859| pages=46| publisher=Ripley & Strong| location=Jaffna
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