|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 mothers 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.