Nammalwar was one of the Alwars (Tamil:ஆழ்வார், Hindi: आलवार), a group of 12 ancient Tamil saints known for their poetry of 4000 verses in praise of Vishnu and preaching Sharanagati. These 4000 verses were later compiled by Natha Muni as Nalayira Divya Prabandham which is considered alike or equivalent to Sanskrit Vedas (known as Dravida Veda) in Sri Vaishnava Sampradaya.
Nammalwar is considered the greatest among 12 Alwars, he has contributed more than 1100+ verses in Nalayira Divya Prabandham. His four works are considered the essence of (or corresponds to) each of four Vedas in as follows:
- Thiruvaimozhi (தாந்திருவாய்மொழி) : 1102 verses - Sama Veda
- Thiruviruttam (திருவிருத்தம்) : 100 verses - Rig Veda
- Peria Thiruvanthadi (பெரிய திருவந்தாதி) : 87 verses - Atharva Veda
- Thiruvasiriyam (திருவாசிரியம்) :7 verses - Yajur Veda
Now, what I want to know is:
- Does this connection mean these works are based on Sanskrit Vedas or contains the similar/alike preaching to that of corresponding Vedas?
- How is the connection of these works with Sanskrit Veda recognised or established?