Kirupanandha Variyar

Kirupanandha Variyar

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Kirupanandha Variyar Profile

  • Name:
  • Kirupanandha Variyar
  • Other Name:
  • Thiru Muruga Kirupanandha Variyar, Kirupanandha Mallayadasan, Variyar Swamigal
  • Born:
  • August 25, 1906
  • Died:
  • November 7, 1993

Kirupanandha Variyar Biography

Kirupanandha Variyar was an Indian spiritual leader who was popularly called as Variyar Swamingal. He was born on 25th August 1906 in Kangeyanallur near Vellore in Tamil Nadu. His parents were Siva Thiru Mallayadasa Bhagavathar and Madhu Shri Kanagavalli Ammaiyar.


His father was a great scholar and has established Thirupugazh Sabhas. He has received the title of Puranethikasa Paarangathar. Kirupanandha Variyar had 10 siblings and he was the fourth among them. He did not get any formal education at school. He learned education, literature, music and grammar from his father.


He could write poetry when he was just eight years old. He wrote the books Sivalinga Bandams, Vel, Mayil and Ashta Naga Bandham when he was 12 years old. He was a very brilliant childhood prodigy. When he was 19 years old, he married his uncle’s daughter Amirtha Lakshmi. He was not blessed with a child.


He started the monthly magazine Thiruppugazh Amirtham in 1936. He was called as Deiva Thiru Muruga Kirupanandha Variyar Swamigal. His devotional activities, deep knowledge and practice of literature and music made him very popular. He had extraordinary power of memory and great knowledge of religious texts.


He wrote the screenplay for the film Sivakavi and has acted in some films like Thunaivan, Deivaman, Miruthanga Chakravarthi, Navagraha Nayagi, Kandhar Alangaram, Thiruvarul, etc. He had great compassion for poor, needy and helpless people. He worked hard to provide shelter for aged people irrespective of religion, caste or creed. He also started Ramakrishna Kudil and Thirupparai Thurai and provided an asylum for orphan children.


He spearheaded many temple renovations such as Vallimalai Raja Gopuram, Kangeyanallur Murugan Temple Renovation, Samayapuram Renovation, Chennai Kuyapettai Raja gopuram renovation, Kovai Thadagam Road Bala Dhandayuthapani Renovation, etc.


Many titles and awards were conferred on him that include Esai Perarignar Award by Chennai Tamizhisai Mandram, Thiruppani Chakravarthi, Sorpozhivu Vallal, Saraswathi Kadakshamrutham, Pravachana Samrat, Thiruppugazh Jothi, Arul Mozhi Arasu, honored with Golden Flower by former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M. G. R., Tamizh Peravai Chemmail award from Madurai Kamarasar University, Ilakkiya Mudu Munaivar award from Tanjore University, etc. He died on 7th November 1993 at his age of 87. 

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Updated: April 25, 2012

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