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Why are there no more Alwars?

The āḻvārs, also spelt as alwars or azhwars are 12 devotional saints born in the region of south India. These saints wrote devotional poems in Tamil in the praise of Vishnu directly or his ...
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How Are Azhwaars Vishishtadvaitins?

As per the speaker of the video, only who undergone Panchasamskara under Ramanuja or his disciples are called Srivaishnavas. If this is true, can panchasamskara be equated to baptism in ...
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What is the meaning of the verse which Tirumazhisai alwar reminded to the Brahmins?

Partial answer providing location of verse in scriptures and English translation for the same; Answer that provides interpretation explaining the meaning and significance/reason for sacrifice is ...
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What form of Vishnu were the scholars referring to while saying he is adorned with four earrings?

This is a case of mistranslation, the translator has mistaken the word "Thol (shoulders)" for "Thodu" (earrings). So the line says, "Are you possessed with two shoulders (irandu Thol) or four ...
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What is the secular account of the compilation of the Alwars' poems?

are there any secular accounts of how Nathamuni compiled the poems of the Alwars? Western Indologists, for instance, presumably don't believe that Nathamuni acquired them by magic, so what do they ...
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Where do I find this Advait (non dual) philosophical quote by Nammalvar?

This is from Thiruvaimozhi 2.9.9 Nammalwar is not saying his soul and Vishnu are one and the same due to Advaitan experience. By "true knowledge", he means understanding the relationship ...
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The Alwar you are referring to is Thiruppan Alwar, who was an incarnation of Vishnu's Srivatsa mark as I discuss in my question here. He has composed exactly one poem in the Naalayira Divya ...
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Why does Thirumazhisai Alwar say the Pandava Thoothar statue of Krishna is older than him?

Yes. Tirumazhisai azhwar is speaking about his symbolic birth. He says that he attained birth with wisdom due to grace of the Lord. Tirumazhisai was not stuck to one philosophy in his life. He wanted ...
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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?

No, the Alwars did not consider Venkateshwara to be both Vishnu and Shiva. The verse that people misinterpret as saying that is verse 63 of Peyalwar's Moondram Thiruvanthathi: tAzh saDaiyum ...
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Were Periyalwar and Andal reborn as cowherds?

Periyazhwar and Andal did not take births again as cowherds. Pillai Lokacharya was speaking in a metaphorical and poetic way. Pillai Lokacharya refers various pasurams of Alwars and stories from ...
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Is Dramidacharya the same as Thirumazhisai Alwar?

The "renowned Sanskrit scholar" alluded to in the article is Mahamahopadyaya Professor S. Kuppuswami Sastri. In his 1924 paper "Bodhayana and Dramidacharya", Kuppuswami Sastri presents three kinds of ...
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Sri Ramanuja’s work referencing poems of alwars?

Ramanuja doesn't make any reference to the works of the Azvars in his works. However his primary disciple and first cousin Thirukkurugai Piraan Pillaan is said to have written the first commentary on ...
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Does the first verse of Nammalwar's Thiruvaimozhi intentionally spell out AUM?

the fact it needs to be rearranged makes it seem unlikely. one interesting hymn is Sri Gayatri Ramayanam which is composed of verbatim excerpts from Valmiki Ramayana arranged in a way where the first ...
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Which Alwars mention the gods whom they're incarnations of?

AzhvArs are, in fact, not incarnations of any of the nityasUris as they are known to be right now. This has been a subject of great debate and discussion right from the times of svAmi nampiLLai. In ...
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Keeping Andal picture or Photo

The Gurupamparai Prabhavam of Pinpazhagiya Perumal Jeeyar describes how Andal was found in a Tulasi garden which was maintained by Perialwar on Adi-Puram. It goes on to state that her birth was at the ...
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What is the meaning of this Divya Prabandham verse?

In this https://ramanuja.org/sri/BhaktiListArchives/Article?p=rest2003%2F0006.html website, the meaning of above Divya Prabandham verse is told Three aspects of Supreme Lordship of Narayanan are - ...
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How do Sri Vaishnavas know that the Alwars were incarnations of Nitya Suris?

Azhvars, by themselves, have no where mentioned that they are manifestations of Nitya suris. In fact, they look upon themselves as souls which have been tormented in samsaram from time immemorial. As ...
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Connection of Nammalwar's work with Sanskrit Vedas

Nammalwar's Thiruvaymozhi is equal to Veda in that it too is sruthi. It is considered superior to Veda since it points out the Supreme Being directly and lucidly. This is stated in Acharya Hrudayam, a ...
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Who are Naman and Murkalan as referred to in Thirumaalai Pasuram?

Naman referred to in the pāsuram is Yama Dharmaraja. Murkalan or Mudhgala is a person belonging to ancient times who got a warm welcome from Yama Dharma Raja. Why did Azhwar sing this verse? The ...
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Thief turned into Alwar

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 ...
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What happened to the sinner Kshatrabandhu after he chanted Govinda?

The story of prince Kshatrabandhu appears in the Vishnu Dharma. Vedantha Desikan not only mentions this in his Rahasya Traya Sara, but he also mentions this in his Tatparya Chandrika to Gita Bhashyam ...
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Does the first verse of Nammalwar's Thiruvaimozhi intentionally spell out AUM?

I very much doubt that this was intentional. Here are the original Tamil verses: உயர்வு அற உயர் நலம் உடையவன் எவன்? அவன் மயர்வு அற மதி நலம் அருளினன் எவன்? அவன் அயர்வு அறும் அமரர்கள் அதிபதி எவன்? அவன் ...
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