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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 incarnations or his deity forms in different places. All these poems were compiled by Sri Nathamuni around 9th century A.D. This is discussed in this question. This ...


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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 awaited. This is from Taittariya Samhita of Krishna Yajurveda: 1.8 प्रपाठक: 8 राजसूयः ... ... ... 1.8.9 अनुवाक 9 रत्निनां हवींषि VERSE: 1 बा...


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It turns out that the Harivamsa Southern Recension contains a chapter 'Krsnasya Nilaya Saha Vivahah', or the marriage of Krsna with Nila Devi. This chapter exactly tallies with the account of the Azhvars. It states that Yashoda had a younger brother called Kumbhaka, who was famous for his piety. He had a wife called Dharmada, who true to her name, was a ...


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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 between him and Lord. Nammalwar is an attribute of a Lord and he says everything which belongs to Nammalwar is Lord's belongings. He is feeling sorry that he cannot serve ...


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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 Prabandham. As you alluded to, he was carried into the Sri Rangam temple by Loka Saranga Muni, where upon seeing the Ranganatha statue (which I discuss here) he ...


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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 think he did? The academic / western scholarly opinion is that Nathamuni was an immigrant to South India from North India and spent a lot of time mingling with ...


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I was right about Vitruvakodu being one of the 108 Divya Desams. The reason I couldn't find it initially is that it's more commonly spelled as Vitthuvakodu or Thiruvitthuvakodu. (Thiru means holy and it is commonly added to the names of Divya Desams). Vitthuvakodu is a village in Kerala, and according to this page it is the location of the fampus story ...


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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 Christianity? A "samskara" is a ritual that can be thought of as an adornment. The Vedic Samskaras are the birth rites, naming ceremony, tonsure, investing the sacred ...


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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 shoulders (naangu Thol)?" Basically, are you a normal human being, or Chaturbhuja Vishnu? The mistranslation may be due to the fact that the Tamil letter La (the ...


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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 puranas, epics in his poems. All the references are not to be taken literally. He uses these to make the understanding easily using metaphors. In the given ...


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Kindly forgive me for the length of this answer. Since his Avatharam in Bhulokam, Nammazhwar did not cry or ask for food like other babies of his age and hence was named Maran. He closed his eyes and entered the state of Samadhi (deep meditation) in the hollow of a tamarind tree for 16 years (this tree can still be seen at Thirukurugoor or Azhwar ...


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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 neeNmuDiyum oNmazhuvum chakkaramum soozharavum ponnANum tOnrumAl soozhum | tiraNDaruvi pAyum tirumalaimEl endaikku iraNDuruvum onrAi isaindu || My lord ...


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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 evidence to show that Dramidacharya is the same as Thirumazhisai Alwar: Biographical evidence: Many Vedantic philosophers illustraye the plight of the Jiva in ...


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They're pretty close. They have the same long low-hanging ears, round face, and thick fingers. Here is the statue found in the Bhavishyadacharya statue in Alwar Thirunagari: And here is the actual body of Ramanujacharya preserved in the Udayavar Sannidhi in Sri Rangam: Note that the statue is quite small.


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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 to explore many philosophies and religions. He has followed many philosophies before becoming a Vaishnava. He has been a Buddhist, Jain, Shaiva in his lifetime ...


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The term "Alwars" refers to a very specific group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who wrote Tamil poetry about Vishnu, and similarly the term "Nayanars" refers to a very specific group of 63 ancient Shaivite saints who wrote Tamil poetry about Shiva. So to answer your question as stated, we just need to look at the list of 12 alwars: Poigai Alvar ...


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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 beginning of Kaliyuga. Her sacred compositions, Nachiyar Thirumozhi and Thiruppavai have been included by Nathamunigal in the Nalayira Divyaprabandam. A ...


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Most of the dhivya desams mentioned in the Azhvar pasurams carry their archaic names and hence are different from the names that existed during the Acharyas time. Periyavachan Pillai is the first to record the exact locations of these dhivya desams in his commentaries. There is also a Pillaipperumal Iyengar who has done a work titled '108 Tiruppati Andadi' ...


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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 Manipravalam work written by Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Nayanar. The Vedas, however, are intended for people of all varieties of temperaments and traits, so ...


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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 samsāris told AzhwAr "you had told us to recite his divine names. Due to our sins, we are only able to talk about various worldly matters and are unable to recite ...


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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. ...


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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 by Bhagavad Ramanuja. From what I understand from the Sanskrit text here, following the chanting of the name of God, he attained another human life, wherein, ...


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Draupadi is mentioned in two verses of Thirumangai Alwar's Periya Thirumozhi, a collection of his poems. First of all there is this verse from his poem Virperu Vizhavum, in praise of the deity of the Parthasarathy Krishna Temple: andanan Siruvan araSart am araSarku iLaiyavan aNiyizhaiyai Senru endamakku urimai Sei ena tariyAdu emberumAn aruL ...


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The discource (kalakshepa) renderes says Periazhwar is one of the person who out of devotion and affection sung Pallandu song which in common sense is not required. Continuing the trend, Periazhwar feared that by mentioning the birth details of Krishna he might put him in danger. Due to this he tries to divert the potential killers by misdirecting them. In ...


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