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Temples & Legends of   Tamilnadu
Preface Author
Introduction Kanyakumari
Gandhi Mandapam Maruda Malai
Suchindram Nagercoil
Tiruchendur Alwar Tirunagari
Srivaikuntam Nanguneri
Krishnapuram Tirunelveli
Papanasam Sankaranayinar Koil
Srivilliputhur Tirupparan- kunram
Madhurai Rameswaram
Darbhasayanam Tiruvadanai
Avadayar Koil Kaliyar Koil
Azhagar Koil

Palani

Tiruchirapalli Tiruvanaikkaval
Srirangam Tanjore
Punnainallur Tiruvalanchuzhi
Swamimalai Dharasuram
Saktimuttam Patteswaram
Mannargudi Vedaranyam
Tirunallar Karaikal
Tirukkadaiyur Mayavaram
Vaitheeswaran Koil Pullavane- swaram
Chayavanam Tiruvengadu
Shiyali Chidambaram
Tiruppatiripuliyur Tiruvannamalai
Kiratamar- jareswaram Madurantakam
Cheyyur Kancheepuram
Tirukkazhuk- kunram Mahabalipuram
Tirupporur Tiruvadantai
Tiruvanmiyur Mylapore
Triplicane Vadapalani
Tiruvottiyur Tirumullaivayil
Tiruvallur Tiruttani
Uppilliappan Koil Kumbakonam
Glossary Biblography
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

ALWAR TIRUNAGARI

According to the local Tamil custom, on the 11th day after birth the baby was bathed in the river and taken to the temple of Adinathaswamy. When the ceremony was gone through, this divine child refused to return home with his parents from the
Adinathaswamy temple, Consequently he was left behind under the tamarind tree mentioned before. When Narayana is to take incarnation, his holy couch has to precede him. His couch was’ the holy tamarind tree, which blessed shade the holy infant, made his abode. Further, it is said that the child since its birth never took its mother’s milk, nor answered the calls of nature. As the parents knew the holy secret about the birth of the child, it was but natural for them to act according to the wish of the divine offspring.

It is said that this baby remained for 16 years under the tree, not opening his mouth or eyes but rapt in meditation on Lord Vishnu. In the end, Vishnu himself appeared as Nammalwar. The holy boy broke forth into verses and this is known as Prabandham or Tiruvaimozhi (words of the sacred mouth). This is the standard exposition of Vaishnava. Philosophy or the Visishtadvaita School of Hindu Theology. Sage Madura kavi who was at that time lying prostrate at the feet of the Alwar, caught the verses from his master, wrote and gave them to the world. Nammalwar has contributed 1000 of the 4000 verses of Tiruvaimozhi commonly known as Nalayira Prabandham.

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