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Tiruvadavur Adigal Puranam

By Katavul Mamunivar

Translation by Robert Butler


233 pages

Published by V. S. Ramanan, Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai, India

ISBN 978-81-8288-265-2

This is a biography of the Tamil saint Manickavasagar whose devotional hymns, collected in the Tiruvacagam, are a classic of Tamil devotional literature. There are two principal sources for biographical information: four chapters in the Tiruvilaiyadal Puranam (a work that chronicles the divine acts of Siva in Chidambaram) and the Tirvadavur Adigal Puranam, a much later work that expands on the original text. In this new translation, which includes the full Tamil text, Robert Butler utilises both sources to reconstruct Manickavasagar’s life, his beliefs and his world view. The book also contains key translations from the Tiruvacagam.