panniru thirumuRai is the collection of twelve holy scriptures written by twenty seven marvelous devotees in thamiz language. These are the highly respected scriptures of thamiz shaivites. The philosophers who came in the later days like the santhAna kuravas who wrote the shaiva sidhdhantha texts (1) and others like thAyumAnavar and rAmalinga vaLLalAr have adored these scriptures and their authors in their works. Like the 27 stars that shine in the sky these great devotees gave the thirumuRai which are like the twelve suns (dvAdasa Adityas). This splendid luminance has been guiding the suffering masses from their darkness to the Supreme in Whose presence the sticky bonds (pAsam) is driven off.
The first letter in the first thirumurai (In tamil script) is "tho" can be separated as "th" + "o". The last word in the last thirumurai (Periya Puranam) is "ulagelaam". In that the last letter is "m". By joining the first letter of the first Thirumurai and the last letter in the last Thirumurai one can see that it is the holy "OM". So it can be noted that the Thirumurai is the description of the Pranava itself. It could also be noted that the first consonant "th" is same as that of the first consonat in vEdas !!
These thirumuRais are for masses to elites, simple devotees to great yogis, are for married people as well for ascetic. Because they have all the elements the people of various states would look for. While the honey dipped words (Oh, honey is glorified !) of thiruvAchakam that just is nothing but pure devotion and surrender, thirumandhiram is a marvelous text on the sophisticated concepts of yoga shastram. The thiruththANdakams of appar perumAn are very simple to pass rich concepts even to masses and there are some hymns from champan^dhar that dwells in the beauties of grammar and music. These have the songs praying for good family and maaterial life at the same time those of devotees like pattinaththAr who praise the ascetic life against the married !
These 12 thirumuRais are arranged in four catagories. They are thoththiram (stotram) (praise) which are the first nine thirumuRais. chAththiram (shAstram) (guidelines) which is the tenth thirumuRai namely thirumandhiram. prabha.ntam (assorted) which is the eleventh thirumuRai. (Becuase the songs in this are composed of various language constructs). purANam (history) which is the twelth thirumuRai. Let these great beacons shower wisdom in our minds !!
|8||thiruvAchakam & thirukkOvaiyAr||mANikka vAchakar|
|9||thiruvichaippA, thiruppallANdu||thirumALigaiththEvar, chEndhanAr, karuvUrththEvar, pUnthuruththi kADanambi, kaNDarAdhiththar, vENATTaDikaL, thiruvAliyamudhanAr, puruDoththama nambi, chEdhirAyar|
|11||prabhan^dham||thiruAlavAyuDaiyAr, kAraikkAl ammaiyAr, aiyaDikaL kADavarkOn, chEramAn perumAL, nakkIrar, kallADar, kapilar, paraNar, iLamperumAn aDikal, adhirAvaDikaL, paTTinaththup piLLaiyAr, nambiyANDAr nambi|
A small comment:
I do not claim to have a very good knowledge in Tamil as well as English. So you may find a lot of flaws in the translation and the transliteration of the original script. I have done this piece of work as a service to my Lord. So if there is any mistake, please correct it. I beg for pardon in the Holy Feet of Lord Shiva for all the mistakes. NAMASHIVAYA
1. ThirumuRai Series - With English explanation
1. thirumuRai medicine
2. santhAna n^UlakaL
3. 63 n^ayanmAr
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