Questions tagged [alwar]

The alwar or azhwars were 12 Tamil poet-saints of south India who espoused ‘emotional devotion’ or bhakti to Visnu-Krishna in their songs of longing, ecstasy and service.

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What is the meaning of the verse which Tirumazhisai alwar reminded to the Brahmins?

Tirumazhisai Azhwar is one of the twelve azhwars (or alwar), a group of Vaishnava saints who sang devotional poems on Lord Vishnu. Those poems are collectively known as Naalayira Divya Prabhandham. ...
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How do Sri Vaishnavas know that the Alwars were incarnations of Nitya Suris?

How do Sri Vaishnavas know that the Alwars were incarnations of Nitya Suris? Nitya Suris are the eternally inhabitants of Vaikunta who have never entered samsara. The Alwars were ancient Tamil ...
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Which Sri Vaishnava Acharya called Nammalwar Dirgha Chintayanti?

By far the most famous commentary on Nammalwar's Thiruvaimozhi is the Eedu, aka the 36000 Padi, which was composed by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vadakku Thiruveedhi Pillai, father of Pillai Lokacharya. ...
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Which Mleccha race do Thenkalais think Thirumangai Alwar was descended from?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their devotional poetry in praise of Vishnu. It is the beliefs and principles ...
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Where did Thirumangai Alwar meet Narasimha?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. One of the Alwars was Thirumangai Alwar, aka ...
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Historical evidence for time period of Nathamuni

Alkondaville Govindacharya's work on the life of Ramanujacharya mentions that Nathamuni lived for a total of 540 years (pg 12). The book begins by stating that in the year 916 A.D. when Yamunacharya ...
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Where can I find the side by side compilation of the vedic verses and their tamil counterparts from Nalayira Divya Prabhandham?

We have the Naalaayira Divyaprabhandham in Tamil, a composition of 4000 verses from 12 Alwars. Among them, Nammalwar is considered as "One who gave the vedas in Tamil" through 1352 verses of the 4000. ...
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Keeping Andal picture or Photo

It is commonly said that Bhoodevi Andal's independent picture or photo should not be kept and worshipped in the house. It is not a opinion based. Are there any puranical evidences pertaining to this?
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Madhura Kavi Alwar

Madhurakavi Alwar wrote Kanninunn siruthambu. He adhered Nammalwar as his guru. What made him to accept Nammalwar as his guru and apart from kanninuun sirutambu any scriptural works from him?
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Thrivikrama Avatar

When God Narayana incarnated Thrivikrama avatar he kept his feet on Mahabali and showed his finger upwards. Thirumangai alwar composed a lyric on this and Thirugnanasambandar after hearing the ...
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Nadamunigal’s contribution to Thiruvaimozhi

Nadamunigal was instrumental in bringing the Thiruvaimozhi composed by Namalwar when no one recited during that time itself. What was the methodology adopted by Nadhamuni to make people recite ...
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If some of the early Alwars used to consider Venkateswara as Shiva and Vishnu both then what's the proof of it?

Venkateswara, AFAIK, is a form of Lord Vishnu. And, Alwars a group of Tamil Vaishnavite saints. But, the article, Sri Venkateswara on the Kamakotimandali.org, says that initially, the Alwars used to ...
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Were Periyalwar and Andal reborn as cowherds?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. My question is ...
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Does Srimad Bhagawatam make use of Alwar poetry?

I remember reading that somewhere and it makes sense since Bhagavatam has a distinct South Indian feel to it. This also has implications for its date.
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Why are Alvars associated with Vishishtadvaita? [duplicate]

Why are Alvars associated with Vishishtadvaita philosophy? Did they themselves say so? Were they initiated from Vishishtadvaita mutts?
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Where do I find this Advait (non dual) philosophical quote by Nammalvar?

Alvars were devotees of Lord Vishnu who propagated Vishnu devotion in ancient India. One of the Alvar named Nammalvar said the following (found from Teachings' of Ramana Maharshi book) - In ...
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What is the story of the Lakshmi Narayana statue in Srivilliputhur?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just went to Srivilliputhur, which is the birthplace of two of the 12 Alwars, namely Periyalwar and his daughter Andal. Srivilliputhur has two Vishnu temples: the ...
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Are there any surviving poems from Thirumazhisai Alwar's disciple Kanikannan?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just saw Yatotakari Vishnu temple in Kanchipuram. The story of the temple is that Saraswati turned into the Vegavati river in order Brahma's Yagna in what is now ...
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Which of the Divyadesam Sthala are presided by Vishnu's Varaha AvatAram?

Divya Desam are the group of Vishnu sthalam that are revered by Azhwargal in their spontaneous divine poetry - the Naalayira Divya Prabhandam. This collection of poetry was collated by Nathamuni, an ...
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Why are there no more Alwars?

There have been 12 Alvars who are inseparable from Sri Vaishnavism. I was just wondering whether there can be more Alwars or not? If Not why can't there be? If yes, what is the procedure to become an ...
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How was Srirangam Ranganathaswamy temple wall constructed?

The task was assigned to Thurumangai alwar who was then a king turned to thief. He constructed the temple wall by acquiring a gold Buddha idol from srilanka. Anyone knows the story how he brought ...
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Who started the practice of Sadagopam?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their devotional poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, ...
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Thirumangai alwar

What are the special characteristics of this alwar and how many names was given to him by almighty? What is his significant contribution towards Vaishnavism ?
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Connection of Nammalwar's work with Sanskrit Vedas

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 ...
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Who are Naman and Murkalan as referred to in Thirumaalai Pasuram?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their devotional poetry in praise of Vishnu. One of the alwars is Sri ...
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Is Dramidacharya the same as Thirumazhisai Alwar?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their devotional poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, ...
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How Are Azhwaars Vishishtadvaitas?

I have heard that Azhvaars are Sriman Narayana Bhakthas.They sung in praise of him.They are not Vishishtadvaitas. Later Srivaishnava Acharyas(Ramanuja and his disciples) wrote commentaries to Azhvaar ...
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Thief turned into Alwar

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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Amalanadhipiran

Which Alwar is called as Amaladhipiran? How many hymns has he composed in nalayira divya prabandham? On which God he has sung the hymns? I came to know that God himself told the priest to carry this ...
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Mudhal Alwargal

In the Vaishnava Tradition Poigai, Bootham and Pey Alwars are called Mudhal Alwargal. What is the background of this and why not other 9 alwars are not called mudhal alwars?Further which amsa of Lord ...
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What are the similar characteristics of Swami Nammalwar and Jadabaratha?

There are some similar characteristics found in Swami Nammalwar and Jadabaratha. Can the answer be given in detail by mentioning the characteristics?
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What happened to the sinner Kshatrabandhu after he chanted Govinda?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The Alwars are crucially important figures in ...
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When did Meenakshi Avatarana and the subsequent rule of Meenakshi and Sundareshvarar's descendants occur?

One of the most famous temples of Tamil Nadu is Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai. It is the abode of Goddess Meenakshi, and avatara of Devi Parvati and her consort, Lord Sundareshvara, an avatara of ...
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What do the Azhvars say about Draupadi Sharanagati?

The Azhvars are revered for their Bhakti laden Pasurams which also teach about Prapatti or Surrender to Narayana, one of the main tenets of Sri Vaishnavas. One of the most significant Sharanagatis ...
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Why did Thirumazhisai Alwar never sing about the Thirumazhisai Jagannath temple?

I just came back from a trip to India, and one of the temples I visited was the Madhya Jagannatha Vishnu temple in Thirumazhisai. Most people only know about the Jagannatha temple in Puri (which I ...
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Why does Thirumazhisai Alwar say the Pandava Thoothar statue of Krishna is older than him?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their devotional poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, ...
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Did Madhurakavi Alwar miss seeing Krishna due to meditation?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, known as ...
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Does the first verse of Nammalwar's Thiruvaimozhi intentionally spell out AUM?

The Tamil TV serial "Ramanujar" is about the life story of Ramanujacharya, the most famous Acharya of the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I'm a member). (You can watch past episodes here; it's a great ...
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How much does the divinely created statue of Ramanujacharya resemble him?

The Alwars are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, known as the Naalayira Divya ...
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Which Alwars mention the gods whom they're incarnations of?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, known as ...
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Was one of Yamunacharya's verses to Vishnu inspired by a verse of Thirumangai Alwar?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The 4000 verses of the Alwars were compiled by ...
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What scriptures describe Krishna's lover Nappinnai?

Most people know about Radha, who is said to be Krishna's lover and his favorite among the Gopis, whom Krishna spent time with during his childhood in Vrindavan and Gokulam. She's revered by many ...
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Where does Nammalwar say that he was born right after Krishna departed the Earth?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, known as ...
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Did the first four Alwars meet Krishna or any other Mahabharata characters?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, known as ...
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Which Alwars praised Vishnu in Sanskrit?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, known as ...
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Why does Periyalwar say that Krishna was born in Thirukottiyur rather than Mathura?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their devotional poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, ...
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Is there anyone who is both Alvar and Nayanar?

Nayanars are the devotees of Lord Shiva and Alvars are the devotees of Lord Vishnu. Is there anyone who is both Alvar and Nayanar? Is it possible?
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What is the secular account of the compilation of the Alwars' poems?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The 4000 verses of the Alwars were compiled by ...
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How many of the Divya Desams are the sites of Sri Vaishnava Temples?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The Alwars are crucially important figures in ...
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Who compiled the list of 108 Divya Desams of Vishnu?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The Alwars are crucially important figures in ...