The _ambhupu_p_?jali is a seventeenth-century manual in 824 Sanskrit verses, with some prose, that describes the worship of _iva, not in a temple, but in a South Indian domestic context. It is full of quotations from scriptures and manuals of the _aivasiddh_nta, notably those of Soma_ambhu (C11th), Aghora_iva (C12th) and Vedaj?_na (C16th). About the author, Saundaran_tha, we can deduce little other than his provenance, for he tells us that he also wrote a manual, now lost, about the worship of _ivas_rya (_iva as the sun) in Ma_iprav__am, a mixture of Sanskrit vocabulary and Tamil inflections and syntax, a literary idiom usually associated today with Vai__ava commentarial works. Several features of his Sanskrit style also reveal the influence of Tamil. The introduction presents the work and gives a detailed synopsis of its structure.