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Siddhars were the pqdalgal of Tamil society. Siddhar Sivavakkiyar, dated to around 10th Century CE was one of the leading rebel poets in Tamil literature. But once their time is up and palm-leaf in which their fate is written turns up in the hands of God of death, this body becomes useless.

Their main idea was one had to find God within oneself and not rely padalgql temples and rituals. They are but stones which we have made into God.

Sjddhar they became manure for vegetables that vegetarians eat. Being an iconoclast, he is particularly scathing on the priests and those who talk about upper and lower caste. So God is not in these stones, but in your heart. Siddhars were iconoclastic rebels whose thoughts were against the organized Vedic religion.

Jayachandran on Kambaramayanam — A set of soulful poems sung by Pattinathaar the first while cremating his mother is still recited by some communities during cremation. Sivavakkiyar, in this verse, curses those who try to split people in the name of God. When a clay vessel falls and breaks, people still save the shards saying it might be useful some day. You materialists can answer who is a Guru or who is a King. Sivavakkiyar, one of the prominent Siddhars iconoclastic rebelsis known for his fiery denunciation of idol worship.


He who was at the beginning, is one. All their poems are clubbed together as Pattinathaar Paadal in texts. In such a worthless body that measures just eight hand spans, what an illusion of life you created, My lord. I have not been able to conclusively decide which one of the three wrote the above poem. Posted in Siddhar Songs and tagged Pattinaththaar. Those who say otherwise, will die of rotting mouth.

Posted in Siddhar Songs and tagged Sivavakkiyar. Siddhar songs are written in simple words but no commentary is available. Eric Alagan on Thirukkural — There is no difference between these stones as they are from the same rock. Because we think our paunch is ours. But the dogs, foxes, ghouls and vultures in the graveyard wait for us thinking that it is to be food for them after we die. Siva Vakkiyar of 10th Century is a well known Siddhar amongst them all. The poems range from self flagellations to pleading to Lord Shiva.

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This poem is thought to have been written by the second one, from 14th Century. So are the idols we worship.

The leitmotif of all their poems is despairing of human life and praying to become one with God. In this poem Sivavakkiyar talks about impermanence of material aspects of life. The answer is the name of Rama, who is everything in this world. He says find Takil within you and not in these temples and tanks.


It will not be worth ramil the price of a begging bowl. Will a cooking pot know the taste of food?

Siddhar Songs | Old Tamil Poetry

In this poem he asks is there any marking in bones and flesh of a woman to show whether she is a Paraiah or a Brahmin? Eric Alagan on Silappathikaaram — Vanji…. In this poem Siva Vakkiyar talks about the impermanence of human body.

Human beings spend their time building houses, offering sacrifices to God and live surrounded by near and dear ones thinking it is forever.

What are holy tanks? What is this thing called you and that is called me? My interpretation might be wrong. In these verses he chides those who go to temples and sacred tanks for salvation. He is said to have lived around 10th Century AD. But in English translation I had to make it a separate sentence to explain. In this poem he asks which of these stones is God?

Pattinathaar was one of the prominent Siddhars ascetic rebels in Tamil nadu.