Which alwar was a thief and turned by the Lord to alwar? How many hymns he composed in Divya prabandam? What answers he got from his wife when he said he steals for livelihood?
He is Thirumangai Alwar. He married Kumudavalli Deviyar who was the daughter of a Vaishnavite doctor. Thirumangai Alwar is a very brave person in fact he was not a thief at first, once he turned into a Vaishnavite, Kumudavalli Deviyar asked him to promise her that he would feed 1008 Vaishnavites daily.
Unable to bear the expenses he resorted to robbery. Since he was a built, muscular and strong person many feared him. Once he stopped a bridegroom and tried to remove the toe ring of the bride but he could not. They were none other than Sriman Narayana and Lakshmi Devi. Lord Narayana himself initiated him by revealing the meaning of the Ashtaaksharam.
From then on he gave up robbing. He composed 6 poems. He is the last of the 12 Alwars.
He has written the following poems,
- Periya Thirumozhi
- Siriya Thirumadal
- Periya Thirumadal
- Thiruvazhuk Koorirupai