On the 27th of May, 2010 was the Birthday of Sri Nammazhwar. Also known as Sadagopan, he was the most important of all Azhwars. He was a powerfully gifted Azhwar who could compose pasurams about the Divya Desams without having physically visited the temples. It is said that the lords of the temples appeared before him and personally gave him a Darshan. Nammazhwar merely wrote about what he had observed and deeply experienced from his divine powers of vision and wisdom.

Sri Nammazhwar, Sadagopan.

Interestingly, the Satari or the crown taken from the feet of the lord and placed by a priest on the head of a devotee for blessings, is none other than Sadagopan himself. ‘Satari’ is derived from ‘Sadagopan’. Sri Nammazhwar decided to remain at the feet of the lord, hence eulogised (in the physical world) in the form of a crown placed at the feet of Sriman Narayana.

In the story of Sri Nammazhwar, it has been seen that the infant grew into a young man without much food or water. He stayed sitting under a tree all the time, deep in thought but spoke not much. Until Madhura Kavi Azhwar came along, a Nammazhwar spoke for the first time. As there is something to always learn from the life of Azhwars, adiyen feels that from Nammazhwar’s life we can see that we don’t ACTUALLY require anything from the material world, but only the devotion to Sriman Narayana. This is not to be taken in the literal sense that we should not drink water or eat food. But it is only to illustrate that we need not indulge in these material things in excess for merriment. The good lord’s grace and blessings are more than sufficient to give us inner bliss.

Azhwar Thiruvadigale Sharanam.