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Murugan and thirumangai aazhvaar

From: K. Srinivasan (
Date: Thu Dec 28 1995 - 08:51:41 PST

Badri quotes:
Elsewhere, (in the book "The smile of Murugan - On Tamil
literature of South India by K.Zvelebil, pp 229) I saw the
following footnote:

     A strange story (in Kuruparampara pirapavam, ed.
     K.Kirusnamacariyar, 1909) maintains that Civavakkiyar the
     siddha converted to Vaisnavism and became one of the
     greatest Vaisnava poets under the name Tirumalicai

Here is some more food for thought.

thirumangai was born on karthikai month karthikai star and is "karthikEyan"
Murugan is also "karthikEyan".

thirumangai is "kaliyan", Murugan is "kali yuga varadhan".

Both carry vEl. I suppose one can call thirumangai as "vElan."

Murugan is a celestial person and gets married the daughter of a tribal chief.
thirumangai is a tribal chief and gets married to a celestial person.

Could they have been the same person?

Srinivasan K