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?

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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,

  1. Periya Thirumozhi
  2. Tirunedundandaham
  3. Siriya Thirumadal
  4. Periya Thirumadal
  5. Tirukurandandam
  6. Thiruvazhuk Koorirupai
  • What is the title of his composing? Where is the puranic reference? His wife asked the provisions you get thru stealing you only eat. If we take that sin will catch hold of me and our son. You have left out the answer to the question what his wife told? Commented Aug 26, 2016 at 13:27
  • @ParthasarathyRaghavan: May be from this: and check this also
    – ssr1012
    Commented Aug 26, 2016 at 14:33
  • @ddr--I have referred wikipedia and divya desam. Apart from thjis fromany puranas or ithihas can you quote the answer? Commented Aug 26, 2016 at 18:21
  • @ParthasarathyRaghavan, Thirumangai Alwar was the last of the Alwars who lived during the Kali Yuga. No Puranas and Ithihasas were composed at that time. All we have are traditional and temple accounts of Thirumangai Alwar's history. So I cannot quote the reference for you. Commented Aug 27, 2016 at 0:59
  • @ParthasarathyRaghavan I think only Nammalwar is mentioned somewhere in Shriman Bhagwad Mahapurana, no other alwar is ever mentioned in puranas.
    – Yogi
    Commented Aug 27, 2016 at 11:25

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