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Thiruvasagam The Ecstasy of Spirit: Siddhar Maha Siva Swamy

Chants by Siddhar Maha Siva Swamy, a Sage who has been in solitude meditating for over six decades. He sings the Thiruvasagam as a benediction to humanity as He prepares to leave his physical body soon.

Thiruvasagam means sacred song. It was sung by a 9th century Siva Siddhar Mannickavasagar. This divine poetry has been recited by nearly all Tamil Saiva seekers and saints.

This is a song to Source that this Sage has sung nearly every day for all these years. Listening to the chant is a blessing that covers all facets of life. Towards the end of the recital, Siddhar Maha Siva Swamy sets an intent of peace, awakening and Divine love for humanity.

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Hail, the five letters! Hail, foot of the Lord !
Hail, foot of Him Who not for an instant quits my heart !
Hail, foot of the Guru-pearl that rules in GOgari !
Hail, foot of Him Who becomes, abides, draws near as the Agamam !
Hail, foot of Him, the One, the Not-One, and the King !

Victory to the foot of the King, who soothed my soul’s unrest and made me His !
Victory to the jeweled foot of Pinnagan, who severs continuity of birth !
Victory to the flower-foot of Him Who is far from those without !
Victory to the anklets of the King, rejoicing ‘mid those that fold adoring hands !
Victory to the anklets of the glorious One, who uplifts those that bow the head !

Praise to the foot of Civan ! Praise to my Father’s foot !
Praise to the foot of the Teacher ! Praise to Civan’s roseate foot !
Praise to the foot of the Stainless, who in love stood near !
Praise to the foot of the King, who cuts off delusive birth !
Praise to the foot of glorious Perun-turrai’s God !

Praise to the Mount, in grace affording pleasures that cloy not !


Because He, Civan, within my thought abides,
By His grace alone, bowing before His feet,
With joyous thought, Civan’s ‘Ways of Old’ I’ll tell,
That thus my former ‘deeds’ may wholly pass.

I came, attained the grace the ‘Brow-eyed’ showed,
Adored the beauteous foot by thought unreached.
O Thou, Who fill’st the heaven, Who fill’st the earth, art manifested light,
Transcending thought, Thou boundless One ! Thy glory great
I, man of evil ‘deeds’ know not the way to praise !


Grass was I, shrub was I, worm, tree,
Full many a kind of beast, bird, snake,
Stone, man, and demon. ‘Midst Thy hosts I served.
The form of mighty Asuras, ascetics, gods I bore.
Within these immobile and mobile forms of life,

In every species born, weary I’ve grown, great Lord !


Truly, seeing Thy golden feet this day, I’ve gained release.
O Truth! as the OngAram dwelling in my soul,
That I may ‘scape. O spotless one ! O Master of the bull !
Lord of the VEdas! Rising, sinking, spreading, subtle One !

Thou art the heat ! and Thou the cold ! the Master Thou, O spotless One !
Thou cam’st in grace, that all things false might flee,
True Wisdom, gleaming bright in splendour true,
To me, void of all wisdom, blissful Lord !
O Wisdom fair, causing unwisdom’ self to flee far off !


Thou know’st no increase, measure, end ! All worlds
Thou dost create, protect, destroy, enrich with grace,
Release. Thou causest me to enter ‘mid Thy servant band.
More subtile Thou than fragrance. Thou’art afar, art near.
Thou art the Mystic word, transcending word and thought.

As when are mingled milk, sweet juice of cane and butter,
Thou dost distil, like honey, in the thought of glorious devotees,
And cuttest off the continuity of births – our mighty One !


Thou hast the colours five ! While heavenly ones extolled
Thou didst lie hid, our mighty Lord ! In the strong grasp of deeds,

I lay, hidden amid illusion’s shrouding gloom.
Thou binding with rare cords of virtue and of sin,
Didst clothe with outer skin, enveloping with worms and filth, –
Within my nine-gated dwelling foul bewildered,
By the five senses sore deceived,

To me, mean as I was, with no good thing, Thou didst grant grace,
That I, with mind erewhile embruted, – pure one ! – should
Become commingling love, in soul-subduing rapture melt !
Thou cam’st in grace on this same earth, didst show Thy mighty feet

To me who lay mere slave, – meaner than any dog,

Essential grace more precious than a mother’s love !


Spotless splendour ! Brightness of full-blown flower !
O Teacher ! Honied ambrosia ! Lord of Civa-town !
O venerated One, Guardian, Looser of PAcam’s tie,
Working in grace of love, that in my mind delultion may die out !
Great river of exceeding tenderness, with ceaseless flow !
Ambrosia that satiates not ! Infinite, almighty Lord !
Light unseen that lurks within the souls that sought Thee not !
Thou Who abidest in my soul, till melting waters flow !
Thou Who art without pleasure or pain, Who yet hast both !
Loving to loving ones ! Effulgent One, Who all things art,
And their negation too ! Great Master, whom no darkness gathers round !
First One, Thou’rt End and Midst, and art devoid of these !
Father, Lord, Who drew’st, and mad’st me Thine !
Eye of the minds that see by keenest glance of wisdom true,
Hard to be eyed ! Subtle understanding, none can scrutinize !
Holy ! Who comest not, nor goest, nor mingling liv’st !
Guardian who guardest us ! Great Light whom none can see !
Flood of delight ! Father ! Light of all passing splendours
That appear ! Unutterably subtle Intellect !
Of all that in this world diverse pronounced as truth
Is known, Thou art the knowledge sure ! Full certitude !
Precious ambrosia, fountain welling up within ! My Owner Thou !


I can’t endure, our Guru, in this changing straitened frame to ‘bide.
Aran! All Thy saints made true invoke Thee,
Worshipping abide, and praising Thee, from falsehood freed,
Hither return no more ! That deeds and birth cling not,
To sever bonds of this deceitful sensuous frame the might is Thine !
Lord who dost dance, trampling dense darkness down !
Dancer in Thillai ! Dweller in the Southern PAndi land !
Thou Who dost cut off evil birth ! – Adoring ever, Thee they name,
Whom words declare not; then ‘BENEATH THY SACRED FEET
In Civan’s town who dwell, – full many a one, – beneath
The feet of Civan, lowly bending utter praise.

` Translated by G.U.Pope. Compiled by Ariguhanatha



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A few days ago I visited the Ashram of Sri Siva Siddha Mona Swami to check out the (almost) completed Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple constructed at the Ashram. The Ashram is in a peaceful spot within the radius of the power of Arunachala, however the road to it is circuitous and for ever twisting upon itself. Thus although the actual distance from Arunachala Hill is around 25 kms, the journey by road is more like 35 kms.  

It was very nice to be in the countryside and away from the hustle and bustle of Tiruvannamalai.    

Our road eventually led to the gate of the Ashram. And the first thing we noticed was the huge statue of Siva in sitting pose on the roof of the Temple. From the ground to the top of the statue, it is 54 feet.

On asking, Swamiji told us that the total cost for building the Temple thus far comes to 1 crore 15 lakhs (i.e. Rs.11,000,000). All that remains to be done is completion of the Temple flooring which is estimated will come to around Rs.10 Lakhs.

Projects for the further development of the Ashram and Temple will include the following: 

Purchase of adjacent one acre of land for development. Estimated cost Rs.20 Lakhs. 
Construction of Kalyana Mandapam Hall for Weddings and Functions.
Creation of a new Dining Facility.

In niches on the outside wall of the Temple are shrines dedicated to Lord Vinayagar, Lord Murugan, Lord Dakshinamurti and the Goddess Durga

Side view of completed Temple

Although the Temple was closed for mid-day, we were kindly allowed inside to take photographs. 

From left to right, Sacrifical Altar, Flag Staff and Lord Nandi
The Shrine of Lord Shiva, with attendant keepers at doorway

Background of Nandi is the Meenakshi Shrine

Shrine of the Goddess

Back of Siva Sannidhi representations of the 18 Tamil Siddhars

Outside the Temple is the Navagraha Shrine

Puja including abhishekam and aarti occur every day at: 

5.00 a.m. 

12.00 p.m. 

4.00 p.m. 

8.00 p.m. 

Each month special pujas take place at Pradosham (evenings from 4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.) and at Poornima from 6 a.m. to 12 noon. The Poornima puja includes Abhishekam, Fire Homam and Anandam.

The Ashram of Sri Siva Siddha Mona Swami is set in a peaceful area. Currently 8 sannyasins are staying at the Ashram under the care of Swamiji. However there are a couple of rooms available for (ONLY) gents to stay at. 

Left is current Dining Area

Swami's room with curtain on right. Adjacent Office and Administration

Sri Siva Siddhar Mona Swamigal


Throughout this Arunachala Mystic website, there are postings describing the history and healing intercessions of Sri Siva Siddhar Mona Swamigal. 

Due to his earlier intense sadhana he was gifted certain siddhas including clairvoyance and powers of healing. An increasing number of devotees and pilgrims visit Swamigal at his Ashram to consult with him and receive his blessings. 

Now that there is a Temple at his Ashram devotees may also wish to arrange a puja in conjunction with their own needs in order to further bless their prayers. 

Pujas to support sankalpas can be arranged on behalf of interested parties. In this respect if any individual person wants to support one of the 4 daily puja, the cost is Rs.1000/-. 

To sponsor a 6 hour Poornima Fire Homam with Puja is Rs.20,000/-. 

For more information on any of the above please get in touch direct with Swami's Ashram. Contact details below: 

Sri Siva Jothi Mona Siddhar Dharma Paribalana Trust 

Sethavarai, Nallan Pillai Petral Village & Post, 

Gingee Tk 

Villupuram Distrct, Tamil Nadu 

Landline: (0)4145-295514

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The 18 Siddhars

The Siddhars by their spiritual and yogic practices attained immense knowledge and experience in Vaithiyam (Medicine), Vatham (Alchemy), Jothidam (Astrology), Manthirigam (Thanthric practices), Yogam (Meditation and yogic exercises) and Gnanam (Knowledge about the Almighty).

 Siddhars believed in a holistic concept.  Accordingly they said

“Food is Medicine, Medicine is Food” (Unave Marunthu, Marunthe Unavu)

“Sound mind makes the sound body” (Manamathu Semmaianal Manthiram sebika vendam)

There are 18 siddhars who are considered as the pillars of siddha medicine according to Tamil tradition. There is no consensus on their exact time era. Their names, contributions, popular beliefs about them and probable place where they attained Samadhi (eternal consciousness) are listed below.


  • Agathiyar is considered as the Father of Tamil Literature.  He compiled first Tamil grammar called Agathiyam. 
  • He is believed to be direct disciple of Lord Siva.
  • Specialized in language, alchemy, medicine, meditation and spirituality (yogam & gnanam).
  • There are 96 books believed to be authored by Agathiyar including classical works like Vaidiya Sigamani, Chendhooram - 300, Mani-400, Sivajalam, Sakthijalam .
  • It is believed that the healing spirit of Agathiya hovers around the mountains of the Courtalam situated  in the southern part of Tamil Nadu.


2. Thirumoolar                       

  • He is also called the Prince of Mystics. He is said to be the disciple of Nandhidevar.
  • His masterpiece Thirumanthiram, deals with the body and soul.
  • Thirumanthiram is considered as a Bible of Thanthrik Yoga.
  • Thirumoolar is the prime author of famous literary works THIRUMANTHIRAM and SAIVA SIDDHANTAM which framed the basic principles of Siddha system. His hypothesis on Atomic theory is considered to be reinstated as Nanotechnology in recent times. The physiological principles which he mentioned during such ancient times are astonishing.
  • Thirumoolar is the only Siddhar who emphasized on ‘sound mind in a sound body’ by which one can achieve mortality by kalpa yoga procedures. Versions of Thirumoolar are certainly appropriate for this modern, stressful world. It is helpful in combating non-communicable diseases such as myocardial infarction, degenerative diseases and depressive disorders. Regular practice of yoga will undoubtedly improve the over-all health.
  • His place of Samadhi is believed to be at Chidambaram.

3. Bogar

  • Bogar is considered as the descendant of Thirumoolar
  • It is believed that Bogar travelled up to China and propagated the spiritual philosophy in China.
  • It is believed that the statue of Lord Muruga which he created contains Nava pasana (Nine arsenical compounds).
  • He also contributed to the field of alchemy, medicine and yoga.
  • His contributions on the synthesis of mercury, mercurial compounds and arsenical compounds are note worthy. 
  • He is believed to author more than 42 works on Siddha medicine.
  • He attained samathi at Palani.

4. Konganar

  • Konganar is considered as the son of Bogar. His period is said to be around 4th and 5th centuries B.C.
  • He lived probably in Kongunadu in Tamil nadu.
  • He wrote more than 40 books that deal with alchemy and the elixir (muppu) of life. 
  • He also contributed to philosophy, medicine and spiritual practices.
  • He attained Samadhi at Thirupathi.

5. Therayar

  • Therayar is considered to be the master of many fields like astrology, mysticism, alchemy, medicine and language.
  • His scholarship and style of the language are considered to be unique.
  • He mastered many languages like Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Thulu and Sanskrit. 
  • His Guru (Master) was Dharmasowmiyar.
  • His work on classification of diseases is note worthy.


  • He is also called as Korakkanathar
  • His major  contributions are Korakkar brahma gnanam 1, Korakkar brahma gnana soothiram and Korakkar karpa choothiram.
  • He used kanja - Korakkar mooli  (Indian hemp) in his preparations like poorna lehyam/choornam and so the herb is named after him.


  • He is also known as Karuvur thevar
  • His place of birth is believed to be Karuvur
  • Edaikkadar is considered to be his disciple
  • His main works are Karuvurar vadha kaviyam ,Karuvurar siva gnana bodhakam and Thiru isaippa
  • He made significant contribution in the construction of Tanjore Temple . In his memory aspecial shrine has been created( siddhar sannidhi ) in the Tanjore big temple.


  • He is also known as Edaikkadu siddhar.
  • His place of birth is Thiruedaikkodu
  • His place of Samadhi is also at Thiruedaikkodu
  • His contribution towards rasavatham and kayakarpam is remarkable.

9. Chattamuni               

  • He is also known as Kamblichattamuni,Kailasa chattamuni and Sattanadar
  • He is considered to be of Srilankan origin
  • Sundarandhar is believed to be his disciple
  • His major works are Sattamuni pini gnanam 100, Sattamuni vadha kaviyam 1000,Sattamuni vatha soothiram 200, Sattamuni gnana vilakkam 51 
  • His contributions are mainly in the fields of alchemy and 96 thathuvas


  • Sundaranar is also known as Sorupamendra siddhu
  • Sattamuni is considered to be his guru
  • His contributions are Sundaranar siva gnana yogam 32, Sundaranar vakkya sutram 64
  • His expertise in preparation of chunnam is of great astonishment.
  • His Samadhi is believed to be in Thiruvarur


  • He is also known as Yakob
  • His place of birth is believed to be Podhigai hils
  • Pulathiyar is considered to be his guru
  • His major work is Ramadevar 1000
  • He also contributed to the development of kayakalpa 
  • His probable place of Samadhi is Alagarmalai

12. Pambatti

  • Chattamuni is considered to be Pambatti guru
  • Eight unique powers (Attama siddhis) of Siddhars are mentioned in his works.
  • His contributions are related with gnana siddhi starting with “Aadu pambe” ( dancing snake)
  • His probable place of Samadhi is Sankarankoil


  • He is also known as Nondi siddhar
  • His place of birth is believed to be Machai desam in Pandya Kingdom
  • Sundarandhar is considered to be his disciple
  • His main  contribution is Machendhra nadhar endra nondi siddhar padal
  • His place of Samadhi is Thiruparankundram


  • His place of birth and Samadhi is Mayavaram
  • His works are more towards spiritual bliss and gnana yoga
  • His major contribution is Kudambai siddhar padalgal.

15. Azhuganni Siddhar

  • He is also known as Azhugai siddhar
  • Edaikkadar is considered to be his guru
  • His major contribution is Siddhar gnanakovai
  • His place of Samadhi is Nagapattinam

16.  Agapai siddhar

  • Korakkar is considered to be his guru
  • His contribution is mainly about   Gnana siddhi
  • His place of Samadhi is believed to be Thiruvalankadu


  • Nandhidevar  is also considered to be the direct disciple of Lord Siva
  • His contribution is Nandhi kalai gnanam 1000
  • His place of Samadhi is Sri sailam at kalahasti
  • He is considered as the guru of gurus

18.  Kakapusundar

  • He is also known as Pusundar
  • Agathiyar is considered to be his guru
  • His major contributions are Pusundar mei gnana vilakkam-80 and pusundar gnanam-19
  • His place of Samadhi is nagamalai


  • PUBLISHED DATE : Sep 24, 2015
  • LAST UPDATED ON : Oct 21, 2015


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Tamil wonder-worker and sage

The Siddhar (Tamil: சித்தர் cittar, from Sanskrit: siddha)[1] in Tamil tradition is a perfected individual, who has attained spiritual powers called siddhi.

Historically, Siddhar also refers to the people who were early age wandering adepts that dominated ancient Tamil teaching and philosophy. They were knowledgeable in science, technology, astronomy, literature, fine arts, music, drama, dance, and provided solutions to common people in their illness and advice for their future.[2] Some of their ideologies are considered to have originated during the First Sangam period.[3][4][5]


Siddhars were typically first scientists, saints, doctors, alchemists, and mystics all in one. They wrote their findings in the form of Tamil poems on palm leaf manuscripts. These are still owned by some families in Tamil Nadu and handed down through the generations, as well as being kept in universities in India, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States.[6]

In this way, Siddhars developed the native Siddha medicine system. A rustic form of healing that is similar to Siddha medicine has since been practiced by experienced elders in the villages of Tamil Nadu. This is referred to as Paatti Vaitthiyam" (grandmother's medicine) "Naattu marunthu (folk medicine) and Mooligai marutthuvam (herbal medicine).

Siddhars are also believed to be the founders of Varma kalai - a martial art for self-defense and medical treatment at the same time. Varmam are specific points located in the human body which when pressed in different ways can give various results, such as disabling an attacker in self-defense, or balancing a physical condition as an easy first-aid medical treatment.

Tamil Siddhars were the first to develop pulse-reading ("naadi paarththal" in Tamil) to identify the origin of diseases.

Siddhars have also written many religious poems. It is believed that most of them have lived for ages, in a mystic mountain called Sathuragiri, near Thanipparai village in Tamil Nadu.


The Abithana Chintamani encyclopedia states that the Siddhars are of the 18 persons listed below, but sage Agastya states that there are many who precede and follow these.

The 18 Siddhars[edit]

There are 18 siddhars in the Tamil Siddha tradition. They are[7][8]

  1. Nandeeswarar
  2. Tirumular
  3. Agastya
  4. Kamalamuni
  5. Patanjali
  6. Korakkar
  7. Sundaranandar
  8. Konganar
  9. Sattamuni
  10. Vanmeegar
  11. Ramadevar
  12. Dhanvanthri
  13. Idaikkadar
  14. Machamuni
  15. Karuvoorar
  16. Bogar
  17. Pambatti Siddhar
  18. Kuthambai

Apart from the 18 siddars listed above, there is another list of 18 siddars who represent the 9 navagrahas (two siddars represent each navagraha) all navagraha doshas /pariharams are performed to the siddars as Siddar Velvi (siddar havan) .The details of the 18 siddars who represent the 9 navagrahas are given below 1.Sri Siva Vakya Siddar - Moon 2.Sri Kailaya Kambili Sattai Muni Siddar - Moon 3.Sri Bhogar siddar - Mars 4.Sri Kagabhujanga siddar - Jupiter 5.Sri Pullipanisiddar - Mars 6.Sri Sattai Muni siddar- Kethu 7.Sri Agapaisiddar - Jupiter 8.sri Azhugani siddar -Raghu 9.Sri Kudambai siddar - Kethu 10.Sri Vallalarsiddar - Mercury 11.Sri Edaikaddar siddar -Mercury 12.Sri Pattinathar siddar- Sun 13.Sri Kaduvelli siddar- Sun 14.Sri Kanjamalai siddar - Venus 15.Sri Sennimalai siddar- Venus 16. Sri Kapilar siddar -Saturn 17.Sri Karuvoorar siddar-Saturn 18.Sri Pambatti siddar -Raghu

There is a universal shrine for all the 18 Siddars at Madambakkam in Chennai called SriChakra Mahameru Sri Seshadri Swamigal 18 siddars Vrindavana Sakthi Peedam built under divine instruction from Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal by Guruji. SHARMA JI. The Buddhist monk called Bodhidharma is also a Siddar because has the power of Varman The supreme Siddhar is Lord Shiva himself.

Powers of siddhar[edit]

The siddhars are believed to have had both major and minor powers which are described in detail in various yogic and religious texts.[9] They also are said to have the power of converting their mass to energy and thereby traveling to different universes.

  1. Anima (shrinking) -- Power of becoming the size of an atom and entering the smallest beings
  2. Mahima (illimitability) -- Power of becoming mighty and co-extensive with the universe. The power of increasing one's size without limit
  3. Laghima (lightness) -- Capacity to be quite light though big in size
  4. Garima (weight) -- Capacity to weigh a lot, though seemingly being small in size
  5. Prapti (fulfillment of desires) -- Capacity to enter all the worlds from Brahma Loga to the nether world. It is the power of attaining everything desired
  6. Prakasysm (irresistible will) -- Power of disembodying and entering into other bodies and going to heaven and enjoying what everyone aspires for, simply from where he stays
  7. Ishtavam (supremacy) -- Have the creative power of God and control over the Sun, Moon and the elements
  8. Vashitavam (dominion over the elements) -- Power of control over kings and gods. The power of changing the course of nature and assuming any form

These eight are the Great Siddhis (Ashtama siddhis), or Great Perfections.[10]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^Tamil Lexicon. University of Madras. p. 1410.
  2. ^Meditation Revolution: A History and Theology of the Siddha Yoga Lineage. Motilal Banarsidass. 2000. ISBN .
  3. ^S. Cunjithapatham, M. Arunachalam (1989). Musical tradition of Tamilnadu. International Society for the Investigation of Ancient Civilizations. p. 11.
  4. ^Journal of Indian history, Volume 38. Dept. of History, University of Kerala. 1960.
  5. ^Weiss, Richard (2009). Recipes for Immortality : Healing, Religion, and Community in South India: Healing, Religion, and Community in South India. Oxford University Press. p. 80. ISBN .
  6. ^V. Jayaram. "Study of siddhas". Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  7. ^"18 siddhars". Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  8. ^"Siddhars". Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  9. ^Thirumandiram 668
  10. ^"Ashtama Siddhis". Retrieved 22 June 2013.

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Siddhar siva

To be continued. very easily, even too lightly, in shorts and a short beacon. Arriving at the usual hangar, she entered it and went to the pilot's room. At this time in the pilot's room there was a full complement of Swifts, Andrei stood at the window leading to the hangar and, noticing Zhanna's approach, giggling, said, out loud:.

சிவ யோகசுவாமிகள் வரலாறு - Siva Yogaswami Siddhar - Pattinathar Siddhar

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