Thiruvasagam- the joyful dance of Lord Shiva

Thiruvasagam- sacred utterances of the Lord

World beneath the feet

Thiruvasagam  (Tamil: திருவாசகம், lit. ‘sacred utterance’), a wonderful, joyous rendition of   devotional verses devoted  to Lord  Shiva.

Composed by the  poet ninth century Shaivitebhakti poet Manikkavasagar , it is a  central piece  of Tamil  literature, ranking up  there  with  the Thirukkural by Thiruvallavar . It contains 51 compositions and constitutes the eighth volume of the Tirumurai, the sacred anthology of Tamil Shaiva Siddhanta.

Lord Shiva_ Thiruvasagam,

The  Thiruvasagar discusses every phase of spiritual path from doubt and anguish to perfect understanding in Shiva, from earthly experience to teacher-disciple relationship and ultimately freedom from rebirth. As a devotional literature, it finds alternatives between joy and sorrow.

Lord Shiva_ Thiruvasagam_2

As the legend goes, Thiruvasagam is the only work which is signed by lord Siva.

There is a famous saying in Tamil,

” திருவாசகத்துக்கு உருகார் ஒரு வாசகத்திற்கும் உருகார்”

translating to “He whose heart is not melted by Thiruvasagam cannot be melted…

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