A few days back Ramanaduli mentioned about some siddhas
whom are less known like Gunangudi Mastan Swamigal.
Yesterday, I was listening to the songs titled Paripoorana
Panchamirtam, containing 5 melodious songs under five
types of abhishekams for Murugan -- like milk, curd, ghee,
sugar and honey.
Sri Pampan Swamigal was born in Pampan, a village
on the southernmost tip of India near Kanyakumari.
He was the son of one Sathappa Pillai. His name was
Appavu. He was taught classical Tamil by one Muniyandi
Pillai, a versatile Tamil pandit. One day, when he went to
the Siva temple of Ramanathapuam, he desired to write
poems on Muruga and the impulse became a reality immediately. He could compose songs on Muruga. He wrote
them afterwards and kept with him. One day one Sethu Madhava Iyer of Rameswaram happened to read these poems
and became quite excited. He took Appavu and gave him
the six lettered mantra of Muruga as Upadesa. He also got
him married later to a good lady.
Soon Appavu Pillai started performing miralces for good
purpose , like curing illness etc., He also composed many
songs on Muruga. He wrote this Paripoorana Panchamirtam
in 1891. After visiting many Murga temples, Appavu Pillai
took to sannyasa and reached Madras. He then went to Kasi
in the year 1902 and meditated on Visalakshi and Viswanatha. He returned to Madras and after visiting Chidambaram he decided to stay only in Madras. He wrote the famous
Sri Kumarastavam in 1915. But as per the call of Arunachaleswara, he went to Tiruvannamalai and from there he went to Bangalore. He attained Maha Samadhi on 30.5.1929, in
Tiruvanmiyur, on the outskirts of today's Chennai. His
Samadhi is said to be in Tiruvanmiyur, Chennai.
His various songs have been classified into six books.