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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

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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
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ALWAR TIRUNAGARI

Modem research has placed this occurrence in the middle of the 8th century A.D. The present name of the place is Alwar Tirunagari, which is derived from the name of this Alwar. The popular esteem for Nammalwar is so great that it has eclipsed the reputation of Adinatha swamy, which can be seen from the fact that Nammalwar has a separate car for himself to join the procession of the original deity of Adinatha swamy in Vaisakha (May-June) when the Gods from the nine temples in the neighbourhood assemble to greet the Alwar. Alwar Tirunagari is well known in Vaishnava tradition as Tirukurugur and has been
sung on by Nammalwar. It is the place of nativity of Subrahmanya Dikshitar who is the author of the comparative grammar of
Sanskrit and Tamil, called Prayogaviveka.

Nammalwar had many names given to him. One such name was Satakopa. The baby in the womb is considered divine and
omniscient. At the time of delivery, just when the child comes in contact with the outside would, a particular Vayu called Sata envelopes it and makes it forget its divine quality. The story is that when the babe Nammalwar was about to be born this Sata Vayu attempted to envelop him. Nammalwar with a Hoonkara Sabda (terrific grunt) drove it away, thereby himself keeping and preserving omniscience and other divine qualities. Hence his same Satakopa. 

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