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Naccinarkiniyar (fl. ca. 14th century AD) was a classical Tamil writer and commentator of the medieval period.


Naccinarkiniyar was a Saivite Brahmin who was popular for his commentary on the Tholkappiyam.[1] He belonged to the Bharadwaja gotra and was born in the city of Madurai.


Nacinarkiniyar wrote commentaries on the Tolkāppiyam, Pattuppāṭṭu, Kaliththokai, Kuṟuntokai and Civaka Cintamani.



  • Chitty, Simon Casie (1859). The Tamil Plutarch, containing a summary account of the lives of poets and poetesses of Southern India and Ceylon. Jaffna: Ripley & Strong. 
  • K. Arumugham (1981). A critical study of Naccinarkiniyar. University of Madras.