(10th Century AD / South India)

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Sri Sivavakkiyar (sometimes Civavakkiyar) was a great Tamil Poet who lived in the period preceding the 10th Century A.D.

Sivavakkiyar was an early rebel against the Brahmanic order, he was resolutely opposed to the Caste system and was opposed to idol worship and temple ceremonies. His rebellion against any kind of orthodoxy meant his work was left out of the Saiva canonical literature however some of his poetry is well read in Tamil literary compendiums.

Sri Sivavakiyar, was born with Lord Shiva's name on his lips. He said that the constant repetition of the Lords name would even turn ones body into gold. A great rennuciate he is said to have lived for over 4,000 ... more »

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  • Manikandan Tamizh (10/13/2013 5:27:00 AM)

    Sivavakkiyar Samadhi is at SATHARA STREET in just reach Kumbakonam and ask there people will guide you...Thank you...

  • Prakash Singh (2/25/2013 8:53:00 AM)

    Can anyone help me to translate sivavakkiyar son
    gs IN English

  • Mohana S (1/1/2013 12:01:00 AM)

    Where is Sivavakkiyar's Jeeva Samadhi in Kumbakonam(which temple or other place?

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Best Poem of Sivavakkiyar

Sivavakkiyar’s Padal


Why, honey is the bee's saliva;
the beetle's saliva is on the flower,
the cows milk itself is mixed with the saliva of the calf!
why should there be so much fuss over it?


Milk does not return to the udder, nor butter to the butter-milk;
Nor the life within the sea-shell, if it breaks, to its body;
The blown flower, the fallen fruit, do not return to the tree;
The dead are not born, never, never, never, never!

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