Category: Azhwar


Adiyen has put together a small pictorial depiction of the birth place of Sri Peyazhwar. The Azhwar was found in a well – in what is today know as Arundale street, Mylapore. Though this birth place requires better maintenance, it still is quite captivating.

Hope the very sight of this place brings blessings to all.

Srimathe Ramanujaya Namah l

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l

Adiyen Ramanuja Dasyai

Dear Perumale,

This Aippasi month, on the auspicious day of Thiruvonam(Your very own star!) was born the first of the Mudhal Azhwars – Sri Poigai Piraan. His first pasuram “Vaiyyam thagaliyaa…” heralded the beginning of Vaishnava Bhakthi movement.

Sri Poigai Azhwar (Golu bommai/doll)

Sri Poigai Azhwar (Golu bommai/doll)

The azhwar – an amsam of Perumal’s Panchajanyam / holy conch – was the conch itself. No call for attention was necessary as his words spoke volumes of his devotion. Adiyen is quite impressed by the andhadis of the Mudhal Thiruvandhadi where there are a series of questions, such as these:

– When was the ocean churned? For which world did you receive water? I do not know a thing about this. The ocean that a bridge was built on, and then destroyed, and where you sleep on!

– Is it not this Earth, which you created, lifted, swallowed and remade?

– They say it is true that you swallowed the Earth, the mountains, the oceans, the winds and space. Come to think of it, was your mouth as big as the Earth?

The series of questions are actually sung in praise. And also contain deep answers in spirituality, like this one:

– Without contemplating the lord’s names with love, if one were to chant evening prayers, how will it serve any purpose?

Poigai Azhwar Thiruvadigale Sharanam l

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l

Sources:

Nalayira Divya Prabandham – Srirama Bharati

Mudhal Thiruvandhadi Vyakhyanam – Madhurakavi Dasan TCA Venkatesan

Dear Perumal,

I was determined to return to the blog only after having completed the video of the story of Sri Kulashekara Azhwar, which has been work-in-progress for almost a year now! I am glad to have finally managed to upload it. Again, adiyen is no expert, the following is only a brief narration from details I could gather from various sources.

I dedicate this video completely to an Acharya –  Sri Varthamaana Mudiliandan Swamy –  who is currently recovering from a surgery.

Kulashekara Azhwar thiruvadigale sharanam l

Srimathe Narayanaya Namah l

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

 

Dear Perumal,

I for one belong to a generation which would know the name of a music band first before the names of all the Azhwars! But better late than never…

It was interesting to note this piece of trivia. The English rock band Kula Shaker was so named as the founder Crispian Mills was interested in Vaishnavism.

“Mills suggested that the band take the name Kula Shaker, in honour of one of the twelve Alvars (saints of south India), the ninth-century Indian emperor and holy man, King Kulashekhara. In Indian culture, the name Kulashekhara is thought to be lucky or auspicious, and this appealed to the struggling band.” – Wikipedia

It is quite common to find videos about bhajans and bhakti songs, but unusual to find this in psychedelic rock. This is not a video I would usually post, but I make an exception here as someone somewhere made this in dedication to lord Krishna… Govinda Jaya Jaya.

Srimathe Narayanaaya Namah l

Srimathe Ramanujaaya Namah l

 

 

Sri Pei Azhwar Thirunakshatram, 2011

Dear Perumale,

Today, on the Sadayam nakshatra of the Aippasi month is the birthday of the third of the Mudal Azhwars – Sri Pei Azhwar.

Pei Azhwar, the first among the Azhwars to obtain a complete vision of the lord in his golden hue.

Sri Pei Azhwar's first composition of a 100

Sri Pei Azhwar Thiruvadigale Sharanam l

Srimathe Narayanaaya Namah l

Srimathe Ramanujaya Namah l

Dear Perumale,

Today is the birth nakshatra (Avittam) of Sri Bhuthath Azhwar. He was one of the earliest to describe the use of the power of our emotions, interest and dedication as means to obtaining a vision of the lord.

Sri Bhuthath Azhwar - First Pasuram from Mudhal Thiruvandhadhi

Dear Azhwar, adiyen lights a lamp for you on your birthday, using love and dedicated interest in the spiritual path as the base. Thank you for the path that you have shown us through your bhakti-laden works. Adiyen shall strive to understand the depths to which one should travel in love.

Srimathe Narayanaaya Namah l

Srimathe Ramanujaya Namah l

Dear Perumale,

Don’t You think Sri Poigai was so blessed that he shares Your janma nakshatram – Thiruvonam? What a blessing!

Today on Sri Poigai Azhwar’s birthday in the month of Aippasi and star Thiruvonam, adiyen’s respects to you oh Azhwar, for composing beautiful devotional hymns and spreading the word of true love towards the supreme being.

Srimathe Naryanaaya Namah l
Srimathe Ramanujaya Namah l