From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Swami Harshananda
Tiruppāḍ literally means ‘holy songs’.
Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār (5th century A. D.) was one of the sixty three Nāyanmārs. She was known earlier as Punītavatī, the only offspring of a merchant, Dhanadattan. She had been married to Paramadattan, a rich merchant. She was a great devotee of Lord Śiva endowed with mystical powers.
Later on, she became a wandering minstrel, singing devotional songs on Śiva. These songs collected together are now known as Tiruppād.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore