God reveals the divinity of saints to the world in unforgettable ways, said M. Girija in a discourse. One such saint was Kumaraguruparar. Born without the ability to speak, he broke out into verse when his parents prayed to Lord Shanmukha of Tiruchendur. The greatness of men of God becomes evident even when they are children.
Kumaraguruparar studied Tamil from his scholar father and became a minister in the court of the Madurai Nayak King. During a pilgrimage, he found a guru for himself, as predicted by a divine voice. The guru was none other than the head of the Dharmapuram Math. At the instance of the swami, Kumaraguruparar travelled to Kasi.
There he composed the Sakalakalavalli Maalai , in praise of Goddess Saraswathi. By the grace of the Goddess, he acquired knowledge of the local language and was thus able to spread the message of Saivism. He wanted to renovate the Kedareswar temple, which he did successfully. He also established a math at Kasi. He gave discourses there on Saiva Siddhanta. His well-attended discourses gained for him a devoted following. Gifts poured in from devotees. Kumaraguruparar visited his guru, and upon his instruction, he spent the money on popularising the Saivite cause.
It is said that while at Kasi, he also gave discourses on the Kamba Ramayanam , and that Tulsidas, who wrote the Ram Charit Manas , was greatly inspired by these Ramayana discourses. Kumaraguruparar breathed his last in Kasi. Seven cities are said to be the most sacred.
The foremost among them is Kasi, a city visited by great saints and Acharyas. To even visit the city is considered a great blessing. To die there is what every devout person would wish for. But it is only given to a few like Kumaraguruparar to not only live in Kasi for many years but also to die there.
Kumaraguruparar spent a life dedicated to spiritual causes. The first words he spoke were words in praise of Shanmukha. Kumaraguruparar obeyed his guru and carried out his instructions. His life shows that even centuries after seers pass away, they are still remembered with reverence for their contributions to the religious cause.