Meenakshisutha, whose original name was Nagaraj - was the son of a Sanskrit scholar named Ishwara Iyer, born in a Kerala village, known as much for his erudition as for his piety. Ishwara Iyer spent his days under the patronage of the maharaja of Cochin. He would accompany the maharaja on his visits to temples and would, at his royal friend's request compose samskrt shlokas on the particular deity extemporaneously. Despite this ability, his interest in the language was really limited to its grammar and structure. He taught his children, of whom the eldest was a son named Nagaraja, verses from the samskrt classics, and presumably the rudiments of the grammar. At some point he moved to Bangalore where he had relatives, After a while, discontent possessed him for its own once again, and he went back to Kerala, leaving his family behind in Bangalore.
Nagaraja, who was born in 1922, studied upto the second year of engineering, then left his studies. Pious and devout from an early age, and dedicated to the worship of the Goddess as a Devi Upasaka, Nagaraja performed pooja every day, Friday being a special day when the worship was elaborate and relatives and friends were present. As the years rolled by, a transformation came over him, not in the physical sense, and he began composing his own verses, spontaneously, as he was doing the worship. Though his chosen deity was the Goddess Meenakshi, he sang on several different gods and goddesses as the mood possessed him. Let there be no mistake about it, there is enough authentic eyewitness evidence to vouch for the inspired spontaneity of his verses' he "lisp'd in numbers for the numbers came." After some time, realizing what he was doing, he asked one of his daughters to write down whatever he recited. He composed both in kannada and in samskrt, and he had his samskrt verses checked for accuracy by a samskrt pandit of his acquaintance.