Arutprakasa Vallalar Chidambaram was one of the greatest saint and a poet of the 19th century. The Samarasa Suddha Sanmarg Sathiya Sangam was passed on by him . He followed the principles of Divine and Charity practices leading to the achievement of pure knowledge.
" When I see men feeding on the coarse and vicious food of meat, it is ever-recurring grief to me."
- Vallalar -
Karuneekars belong to the Kayastha community. They believe they are the descendants of Chitragupta, heir to lord Kethu Chitragupta has a temple dedicated to him in Kanchipuram. It is a temple known for removing the defects caused by the impact of Kethu on a person. This temple is the only sacred place devoted solely to Lord Chitragupta.
Thrie history is recorded in " Karuneegar Puranam " written by poet Paarisanadhar about 2000 years ago. Karuneekar are also referred as " kanukku pillai " which means accountants or book keepers responsible for all land surveys, land divisions fro the king and the rest of the people in Tamil Nadu.