Aruṇagirināthar

A work, Tiruppugaḷ containing soul-stirring hymns on Lord Muruga (Subrah-maṇya), is very popular in Tamil Nadu. The author Aruṇagirināthar, a Śaiva saint, lived in the 15th century. It is said that he had an infamous birth and led a riotous life in his youth. A simple remark from his own sister caused such an intense remorse that he tried to commit suicide by jumping from the high tower of the temple. However, God saved him in a miraculous way. Thenceforth he dedicated his life for God. Sublime poetry welled forth from his heart as a result of divine grace showered on him. Some other treatises are also attributed to him.