Classic Vedic & Hindu texts

Nācciyār Tirumoḷi | Āṇḍāḷ

Govinda appeared in dream to Periyāḻvār: "My dearest Periyāḻvār, Viṣṇucitta! For singing verses of glory and wearing my garlands Godā has earned a special place in my heart. She is my beloved Bhūdevī (Mother-Earth) and only appeared as your daughter and she shall be called Āṇḍāḷ hereafter. Do not try to stop her from wearing the garlands. She should continue wearing them." Āṇḍāḷ wrote Tiruppāvai (30 verses) and Nācciyār Tirumoḷi (143 verses) as a prapatti to the Lord and to seek refuge at His Lotus feet.

Irandam Thiruvandhadhi | Bhutat Āḻvār

Irandam Thiruvandhadhi | Bhutat Āḻvār. If only we recite Nārāyaṇa’s names in a state of pure love born out of inner realisation of His ‘svarūpa’ and ‘vibhūti’, and our relationship with Him, that will surely elevate us to the level of our spiritual kinfolk, the celestial beings of Śrī Vaikuṇṭha, eternally blessed to serve the Lord. They, who are devoted to the sacred feet of the Lord of Milk Ocean with offerings of fragrant flowers, will reach His abode of Vaikuṇṭha of resplendent beauty.

Nāṉmukaṉ Thiruvandhadhi | Thirumaḻisai Āḻvār

Only two poetic works of Thirumaḻisai Āḻvār are available for us to study: One is Thiruchanda Virutham with 120 verses and Nāṉmukaṉ Thiruvandhadhi with 96 verses. It is said that Āḻvār threw all the manuscripts of his works into the Cauvery river and these two manuscripts floated against the stream.. Even today one can see the Vrindāvan and a beautiful shrine where Āḻvār is said to have had his Āshram in Tirukuṭantai. The holy shrine of the Āḻvār also exists in his birthplace Thirumaḻisai.

Tirumāḷai | Thondaradipodi Āḻvār

Once, Thondaradipodi Āḻvār left Mandangudi on a pilgrimage and headed towards Srirangam, the foremost among divya deśas. Śrī Raṅganātha captivated his mind in the very first darśan and the Āḻvār who came on a tour remained there in a grove near the temple permanently. He could not bear to go away from the Lord whose beauty and grace he describes in his “Tirumāḷai”(45 verses)verses as also in his other poem Thirupalliyezhuchi. He constantly recaptured the grace of the Lord who lay down facing Lanka.

Perumāḷ Tirumoḷi | Kulaśekhara Āḻvār

Kulaśekhara Āḻvār was born as a prince to Chera king Dhidavrathan and Nādhanāyagi on the same month and nakṣatra as that of Lord Rāma. The child when born looked divine and made everyone happier and cheerful. One night, The Lord wished to divert Kulaśekhara's attention to Him and he appeared as Lord Tirupati Veṅkaṭa in the king's dream and blessed him. The king Kulaśekhara was overwhelmed with the Lord's love and beauty; he became tranquil and was only thinking always of the Lord:

Thiruchanda Virutham | Thirumaḻisai Āḻvār

Thirumaḻisai Āḻvār was chronologically the fourth of the 12 Āḻvārs, who has been living right between Peyāḷvar and Nammāḷvār. The name of Thirumaḻisai Āḻvār comes from his birthplace, Thirumaḻisai, a suburb in modern day Chennai. Thiruchanda Virutham presented on the following pages is one of his 2 works, consisting of 120 verses. The name Thiruchanda Virutham can be translated as 'The Poem of Beautiful Verse' and you can read it in following pages.

Periyāḻvār Tirumoḷi | Periyāḻvār

We already discussed recently the biography of Periyāḻvār – or Āḻvār ‘the Great’ – at length – on a separate page, as also Periyāḻvār’s most popular work - Tiruppallāṇdu – which can roughly be translated as “Be forever our Lord!” – however – it was only the first chapter of a much larger work called Periyāḻvār Tirumoḷi or the Holy Verses of Āḻvār the Great. the favourite Divine incarnation of Periyāḻvār was the small Krishna, whom he calls differently – as Krishna, Nārāyaṇa, Kaṇṇaṉ, Māyaṉ, etc.

Amalān Ādi Pirāṉ | Tiruppānāḷvar

Tiruppānāḷvar was completely immersed in divine love all his life with his mind fixed on the Arcā mūrti, Lord Śrī Raṅganātha. Vishnu appeared in the dream of sage Loka Sāranga and commanded him to fetch Pānar to the temple the next morning in his shoulders. When they reached the sanctum, Pānar experienced the bliss of Raṅganātha and composed the Amalān Ādi Pirāṉ, a poem describing the beauty from head to foot of Vishnu in ten verses and ultimately laid his life at the feet of the deity.

Kaṇṇiṇun Siruthāmbu | Madhurakavi Āḻvār

Madhura Kavi is that celebrated Āḻvār, who had no interest in worldly attainments or Lord’s grace, since his mind was totally occupied by the thoughts about his Ācārya, Swāmi Nammāḷvār. His connection with Ācārya was the only one that mattered to him. His sole enjoyment was the singing of the four great poems of Swāmi Nammāḷvār everywhere as the four Tamil Vedas instead of studying the Upanishads or the divya prabandhams of other Āḻvārs.

Tiruppallāṇdu | by Periyāḻvār

One evening, the king took Viṣṇu-citta on a ceremonial parade around the city on his elephant. Śrīman Nārāyaṇa, delighted to see all these honours being showered on the Āḻvār, appeared in the sky on His Garuda Vāhana with Śrī Mahālakṣmī. He always enjoyed Krishna as a child, blessed the Lord with a long life imagining himself as the Lord's mother and sang his "Tiru-Pallāṇḍu" verse. He came to be called "Periyāḻvār" as he thought of himself as elder to the Lord Himself to bless Him.

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