18 Siddhars (Mystics) & Their HugeGifts to Medicine, Philosophy, Yoga,Alchemy
Agasthiyar – It is said that this great saint was initiatedby Lord Shiva who in turn inducted kriya guru Babaji. He is responsible for discovering medicines like kaya kalpa, Tamil grammar and yoga. His disciples include Babaji, Thiruvalluvar, Macchamuni and Boganathar.
Nandidevar – Nandidevar was directly initiated by Lord Shiva. His contributions to medicine, alchemy and kayakalpa are noteworthy. One of his works describe 32 varieties of herbal elixirs and details aboutvarious aspects of rejuvenation therapies.
Bogar – Popularly called Palani Malai Siddhar, Bogar isa great alchemist. He contributed to yoga, natural sciences and philosophy. He was behind installing Lord Muruga statue in Palani temple. He was instrumental in creating navapashanam, a herbal and mineral mix of ingredients that eradicates toxins from the body. This antidote can cure chronic health ailments.
Kamalamuni – One of the greatest siddha of all time, kamalamuni’s contributions in the field of medicine and philosophy is quite well-known. He was the disciple of Boganathar and was popular for his contributions in the construction of the Tanjore temple.
Azhukanni Siddhar – one of the most revered siddhasof the time, this miracle healer is known to remove sufferings of the people. His famous contribution is theSiddhar Gnana Kovai, literature material on Siddha way of life.
Thirumoolar – He contributed the masterpiece ‘Thirumanthiram’ which deals with body and soul and is an almanac for Tantric Yoga. He even authored Saiva Siddhantham which framed the basic principles of Siddha system. His contributions towards nanotechnology, non-communicable diseases and degenerative diseases are worthy of mention.
Kalanginathar – Kalaginathar was a native of china and came to India in search of spiritual wisdom. He was the disciple of Thirumoolar and was adept in alchemy, Siddha medicine, meditation, alchemy, performing miracles, yoga and other philosophies. He discovered that a medicinal plant called ‘karunochi’ has the properties of rejuvenation.
Sattaimuni – He was inducted by Nandi Devar and Dakshinamoorthy. His disciples include Sundaranar and Paambatti. He contributed around 46 works that includes medicine and alchemy.
Machamuni – Also known as Matseyandranath, he has contributed immensely towards Hatha yoga and Tantric yoga practices. He was introduced by Agastyar, Punnakeesar and Pasundar.
Therayar – His guru was Dharmasowmiyar and his work on classification of diseases is significant. He mastered many fields like astrology, alchemy, medicine, mysticism and language. He had a unique style and scholarship over languages. He was fluent with many languages like Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Tulu and Sanskrit.
Goraknath/Korakkar – Disciple of Machamuni, Korakkar was well versed in Siddha medicine, philosophies, yoga and alchemy. His medicines for cataract of eye are noteworthy and he was known for using ganja (Indian hemp) as a rejuvenation medicine to increase longevity which was also named after him (Korakkar mooligai). He also contributed towards Avadhuta Gita, Hatha Yoga, Pradipika, Korakkar Brahma Gnanam etc.
Pambatti – Sattaimuni was his guru. He attained eight supernatural powers called Ashtama siddhi after undertaking penance for a very long time. He is famous for his work ‘Aadu Pambe’ that highlights the nobility and sublime nature of cobra, a symbol of Kundalini.
Pulipaani – He is the disciple of Bogar.Born in China,Pulipani assisted Bogar in crafting the Lord Muruga statue at Palani by collecting the necessary herbs. His contributions to medicine and alchemy are noteworthy.
Ramadevar – He was born in Podhigai Hills and is the disciple of Pulathiyar. His major work is named after him called Ramadevar 1000.He contributed towards the development of Kayakalpa, an ancient rejuvenationmedicament that reverses the process of aging.
Sundaranandar – Disciple of Sattaimuni, Sundaranar surprised his peers by preparing a rejuvenating medicine called Chunnam. It has the power to eradicate diseases and when administered enters the nadis or energy channels and helps in the practice of yoga and pranayama. His other noteworthy works include Sundaranar Siva Gnana yogam 32 and Sundaranar Vakkya Sutram 64.
Kudambai – Kudambai retired from materialistic worldat an early age of 16 years and wrote poems on God and self. His works are called Kudambai Gynana Sootram 18 and Kudambai Siddhar Padalgal.
Idaikkadar – The great saint Bogar was once amazed to see a shepherd performing intense yoga and accepted him as his disciple and transferred his Siddha knowledge to him. Idaikkadar soon became a master of Siddha medicine, yoga and philosophy. He attained Kunadalini awakening and experienced union with oneness.