Saint Arunagirinathar after getting the blessing of God Muruga at Tiruvannamalai sings first Thiruppugazh song "Muthaith tharu" as spelt out by God muruga himself.After that he has been meditating on Lord Muruga for some time.He comes to viralimalai.Then Muruga directs him to come to Vayalur, a village 10 kms away from Tiruchi city.Muruga instructs Arunagiriyar to continue to compose & sing thiruppugazh.When Arunagiriyar hesitates & asks how to compose thiruppugazh,Muruga drives away all the unwanted desires & memories in his mind, teaches him "gnana".God asks him to compose about praising his peacock,garland of kadambu worn by him,his powerful weapon of spear,his cock,his twelve shoulders,his lotus feet & holy place "sey pathi"(செய்ப் பதியும் - செய் - நஞ்செய் வயல் நிறைந்த - பதி - ஊர் -வயலூர் ) in Thiruppugazh songs. Arunagirinathar was so much delighted by this instruction & it is also learnt that Muruga inscribes Pranava Manthra "AUM"(ஓம் )in his tongue with his spear.Then onwards Great rithmic highest poetic order of songs of Thiruppugazh started to come out of him.No one could match his poetic talent till date.In addition to Thiruppugazh,Kandhar A lankaram,Kandar Anubuthi & Vahuppu were sung by him.He tells how human mind & senses always caught in pursuit of,worldly desires.Starting from a baby,becomes a lad,how one earns money, how he misbehave with elders,how he ends his life with incurable diseases ,because of neglecting God.As a person very much interested in saving human, he shows the ways to be adopted in leading a good life & realising the purpose of human being coming to this earth.He travels in foot to all over Tamilnadu & temples in other states also,spreads out Murugan's message in 15th century Ac.Even though he has composed more than sixteen thousand songs,only some one thousand four hundred songs are available now . Vayalur is also called " Kumara Vayalur ".Arunagirnathar first praises God Vinayaga & then praises Muruga.He also includes God Shiva,Goddes Parvathi.God Vishnu & his consort Mahalaxmi.Lord Brahma &Goddes Saraswathi.Ramayana, Mahabaratha purana stories in his songs.Some members of Tiruppugagh bhajan team visits Vayalur Murugan in the year 1930.Then the temple required renovation.A lot of amount & hard work is required.One member of the team offered half a rupee( eight ana)to the temple priest there.It is considered to be more than hundred rupees in the present day value.On that night Murugan appeared in a dream of the temple trustee(sri.Radhakrishna chettiar) in a dress of a sanyasi & asked him ,could he renovate the temple by half a rupee in an authenticated voice.Next day the trustee rushed to vayalur temple in a bullock cart & enquired the priest if someone offered half rupee to them & one priest told that he had received.The trustee got the money from the priest & sent it to the gentle man's address through money order(Post & telegraph dept).The gentle man got puzzled & when he visited Vayalur three months later met the trustee who returned back the money.The trustee told the gentle man about the dream he had & requested the the gentle man to help renovate the temple.The gentle man is none other than Thirumuruga kirubananda variar.He first hesitated & returned to Tiruchirapalli without commitment to their request. .Later he was persuaded by three other persons to start the work.Then Variar Swamigal began to travel all over Tamilnadu & began to give discourses.Donated all the money he got to the noble cause.On the inagural day of the renovation work,Variar swmigal requested Sri.Duraisami nadar to bear the expenses of whitewashing,which he accepted even though he was a stranger to him.One of the devotee took care of spending to build small vimana.A lady from Tiruchi(Smt.Amrithamma) donated an idol of Saint Arunagiri.Variar Swamigal gave discourses continuously for 3 days & ten days without loudspeakers.Renovation work was completed with in 21 months successfully.So Variar Swamigal was later called 21st century Arunagirinathar.As saint Arunagiri was blessed in this place specially,he composed 18 songs about this Sthalam.He also calls Muruga Peruman as Vayalura in many songs of Thiruppugazh.பக்கரை விசித்ரமணி , தாமரையின் மொட்டு, தினந்தோறும் தீபாரதனையின் போது பாடப்படும் நாத விந்து கலாதி மற்றும் என்னால் பிறக்கவும் போன்ற பாடல்கள் திருப்புகழ் ரசிகர்களால் மிகவும் விரும்பி பாடப்படும் பாடல்களாகும். He gives dharshan as a renounced boy in Palani (ஆண்டிக்கோலம்)where as here he worships his parents Agneeswarar & Aadhinayagi as a married person with Valli & Deivanai.He has also created a sacred tank by his spear in this place.Variyar Swamigal has renovated this temple 3 times in his life time.Like his Guru Saint Arunagiri, he used to worship & don't forget to mention vayalur Murugan before starting a discourse . Vaikasi visakam,Thai poosam,kandhar shasti & Panguni Uthiram are celebrated in a grand manner by the devotees. A number of stone inscription of Tamil Rulers are available including that of Rajaraja Chola.Let us see some of his Vayalur Thiruppugazh songs with its meaning in my next posting.
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