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Poems by Sivavakkiyar
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Sivavakkayar (also written Civivakkiyar) is one of the most revered of the Tamil Siddha poet-saints in southern India.

Scholars guess that Sivavakkayar lived perhaps in the 9th century. Some of his poetry makes use of relatively modern words borrowed from Sanskrit, meaning he can't be placed in earlier centuries, yet he is mentioned by the earliest of Pattinattar's poetry, so he must have lived before the 10th century.

Like many other Tamil Siddhas, he denounced orthodoxy, mindless ritualism, and the strict caste system, all the while being a genuinely realized mystic.

His Tamil poems are gathered together in a collection called simply the Patal (Songs).

Poems by Sivavakkiyar

Recommended Books: Sivavakkiyar

The Poets of the Powers: Freedom, Magic, and Renewal

Related Links

Sivavakkiyar - Poem Hunter

Biography with a small selection of poems.



Speaking of Shiva: Poems by Sivavakkiyar

Several verses in Tamil with English translations