Tirumular was a Tamil Shaivite mystic and writer, considered one of the sixty-three Nayanmars and one of the 18 Siddhars. His main work, the Tirumantiram, which consists of over 3000 verses, forms a part of the key text of the Tamil Shaiva Siddhanta, the Tirumurai.
The dates of Tirumular’s life are controversial, and because his work refers to so many currents of religious thought, the dates that different scholars assign are often appealed to for anchoring the relative chronology of other literature in Tamil and Sanskrit. Verse 74 of the Tirumantiram claims that Tirumular lived for 7 yugams before composing the Tirumantiram.
Invocation To Vinayaka
He who has the five hands and the elephant’s face,
Whose tusk is even as the crescent moon,
The son of Nandi, the Flower of Wisdom,
Him I cherish in thought, His feet adore.
The Tirumantiram is a Tamil poetic work written in the 2nd century by Tirumular and is the tenth of the twelve volumes of the Tirumurai, the key texts of Shaiva Siddhanta, and the first known Tamil work to use the term. Tirumantiram’s literal meaning is “Sacred mantra” or “Holy incantation”. The Tirumantiram is the earliest known exposition of the Shaiva Agamas in Tamil. It consists of over three thousand verses dealing with various aspects of spirituality, ethics, and praise of Shiva.
Tirumular The living consciousness
Tamil research scholars and Saivite research experts found the Tirumular’s time and his contribution of Tirumantiram with the supporting documents from Oriental Research Institute and Library Tiruvananthapuram, Government Oriental Manuscript library Chennai, Thanjavur Saraswathi Mahal Library, French national library (Bibliotheque Nationale de France) Paris, French Institue of Pondichery and Tamilnadu Saivite mutt libraries.
But here we never refer to or authenticate the time and century of Tirumular, because the Tirumular consciousness still revolves in the galaxy. Tirumular documented in a hymn that his name was Sundaraanathar in his pre-birth. He felt deep meditation and trance in many decades under the holy feet of Aathi yogi, the creator in the space of Sivakalam, done penance, received many cosmic communications.