Twelve Alwars have contributed to the hymns in the Naalayira Divya Prabhandham. They are Poigai alwar (பொய்கை ஆழ்வார்), Bhutat alwar. See photos, profile pictures and albums from 12 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.

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She would not hear of taking part in mundane life and rejected marriage. Awars are different because they chose to attain hari through their preceptor and by love. The pleased ruler presented him with a bag of gold and honoured him. Archived from the original on 21 June Tirumizhisai was the son of a sage; Thondaradi, Mathurakavi, Peria and Andal were alwasr brahmin caste ; Kulasekhara was a KshatriaNamm was from a cultivator family, Tirupana from Tamil Panar community and Tirumangai from kazhwar community.

Visishtadvaita is one of those schools of thought which was propounded by Sri Ramanujacharya on the basis of Brahma Sutra and Thiruvaimozhi of Nammalvar.

Alwars saw and felt Sriman Narayana in everything. Similar thing was discussed in brief in my answer here about YAmunAchArya. The same knowledge was practiced, preserved and passed on from one generation to the other in the chain of unbroken disciplic succession that consisted of great saints called alwars and sages called acharyas.

From now on Madhurakavi alwads Brahmin scholar from Tirukolur spent his days with Nammalvar in a farmer’s caste. These sages and saints led exemplary lives and practiced whatever they preached besides contributing to the development of their school of thought through alawrs works. And who should come as his willing victim but Ranganatha himself? A Selection of Articles. The ardent devotees who are immersed in God Narayana are called Azhvars.

One of them is Ramanujacharya who is also known as Ilaya alwar. Toggle navigation Divine Avatars. As the work is completed and there is no incomplete task, there is no need of the incarnations in the future. No, there can’t be any other alwars. The fact that Gopalabhatta Goswami, one of the Shad-Goswamis, was a Sri Vaishnava before he was inspired to embrace Gaudiya Vaishnavism by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and that Jiva Goswami has appreciated the contribution of Ramanujacharya by referring to him as Pramithamahimnam whose glory is established on earth encourages us to undertake this daunting task.


This is parama-bhakti, not merely transcendent, but superior verily to that also. They didn’t write because they wanted to write but the poems in the works were delivered from the mouths of the alwars in the form of poems and songs when their heart and body were not aalwars for the due to their love and affection towards the Lord.

The main aim of incarnation of Alwars is making people aware of the Vishnu’s tattva through poems and the making essence of the Vedas available to all irrespective of class, creed, gender or language.

Bhudevi Vishnu’s wife and the earth goddess. Readworthy Publications P Ltd. Yes, in Vedanta Desikan’s works,10 alwars were considered because Sri Madhura kavi alwar was not directly devoted to Lord.

According to the tradition, alwwars Sri Vaishnava school of thought originated from the Supreme Lord Krishna. The Nalayira Divya Prabandham is a collection of of the songs composed by the 12 Alvars.

For the village in Iran, see Alvars, Iran. It is widely accepted by tradition and historians that the trio are the earliest among the twelve azhwars. Hence, there is alwats procedure for becoming alwar as it is not a status. Early history of Vaishnavism in south India. His attachment to Sri Ranganatha who was worshipped by Rama himself was phenomenal.

Facts about Alwars – The Bhakti Saints of South India

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Though Azhvars hail from Tamil Nadu [hence also known as Dravida saints], they belong to the whole human community and this blog on them might be having tamil tint in it. Sri-devi in turn taught it to Vishwaksena, the commander-in-chief of the innumerable legions of Lord Srimannarayana, and others.


Your email address will not be published. Alwars used Tamil language as medium for their songs and prayer.

Perialvar was instrumental in teaching the Pandyan ruler Vallabhadeva of the name and nature of Narayana who is the secret of the Vedas. Andal considered Sri Periyalwar as Her preceptor and loved the Lord. Lochtefeld of Carthage Collegenotes in his The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduismthe first three Alvars Poigai, Bhoothath and Pey belonged to the 7th century; while Nammalvar and Madhurakavi belonged to the 10th century; while rest of them lived in the 9th century.

The period of Azhvars is said to be between 6 th and 9 th Century. What makes the alwars special? There is a significant story attached to them that implies a mystic origin to the Naalayira Divya Prabhandham. Although there seems very less possibility.

In this temple, she is worshipped as a consort of Lord Vishnu. It is to be noticed that the weapons like disc, sword, conch, etc have incarnated as Azhvars, mainly to sing in praise of the Lord and to serve Him in his abode.

These are the servants or the attendants of the Lord Vishnu. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Azhwars. But this doesn’t make these two alwars less.

Alvars – Wikipedia

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. But that doesn’t imply no such intense avatar can be born now. In a time where only certain castes were into the composition of music, etc; Alwars were not from any particular caste and had different origins. The ineffable vision of Lord Ranganatha in yogic trance brought forth ten verses of utmost beauty from Tirupan’s devotion-drenched heart. When on a pilgrimage to Srirangam, she gained an ineffable vision of the lord and merged with him.

Kulashekhara Alwar Sthanu Ravi Kulasekhara [29].