Appar - Makers of Indian Literature

Appar - Makers of Indian Literature

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Item Code: IDE131
Author: G. Vanmikanathan
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi, Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 1996
ISBN: 8126001313
Pages: 83
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5" X 5.4"
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From the Jacket:

Marulneekkiyaar was the name given by his parents, Thiru-naavukku-arasar was the title conferred on him (by God), and 'Appar' (father) was what Thiru-gnaana-sambandhar hailed him affectionately as. And it is as Appar that this saint poet of the 7th century is known to the common man in Tamil Nadu. Born in a wealthy family, Appar had ponds dug, wells sunk, water booths set up, instituted endowments for charitable inns, bestowed largesses on the learned and gave liberally to the poor. Realizing the impermanence of worldly life, he turned God ward and sang over three thousand stanzas in Tamil of great sweetness and greater devotion to the Lord. The message of Appar is fearlessness, faith humility, service and voluntary poverty.

About the Author:

Sri G. Vanmikanathan (b. 1901) has already written on Maanikkavaachakar and Ramalingar in this Series. Now he introduces the life and work of Appar, mainly to the non-Tamil readers.


1. Ich Dien7
2. Early Years9
3. Appar and Jainism12
4. Appar's Plea14
5. Expiation18
6. The God of Appar23
7. The Mission of Appar28
8. The First Pilgrimage30
9. The Meeting of 'Father' and 'Son'34
10. Thiruvadi-Deekshai37
11. Appar and His Admirer42
12. The 'Child' and 'Father' Again47
13. A Long Trek55
14. Kailasward Ho! 59
15. Dakshina Kailas 66
16. Humble are the Strong 71
17. The Last Lap 74
18. The Message of Appar 77
19. Appar's Place among the Naalvars 81
Bibliography 84

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