DivyaPrabandham The Nalayira in tamil Divya Prabandham is a collection of 4, verses composed before 8th century AD, by the 12 Azhvars the term azhvar means "the one who is immersed in". They are so called because they were immersed in their devotion and love to their Lord, Vishnu. It was the scholar-saint Nathamuni who, in the 10th century, retrieved and compiled this divine collection and numerous commentries have been written by various poorvacharyas for this divya prabandham and it is a life time exercise to read and the understand the inner meanings of the bakthi laden pasurams. The Prabandha sings the praise of Narayana or Vishnu and his many forms.
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Thiruchitrakootam What prompts a person to tread the spiritual path? Does it happen after a series of disappointments in life? Or does it happen after reaching the pinnacle of materialistic achievements? These things are difficult to say. By striking a balance between his duties as a king and as a devotee of Lord Rama, Kulasekara Alwar reminds us that we can strike a balance that works for us.
In the beautiful Ayodhya which is surrounded by high walls, Rama — the descendant of the solar dynasty spreads his light to dispel the sorrow of the celestials as well as the mortals. With red colored eyes and unsurpassed bravery, he looks like the majestic rain bearing cloud! He has manifested in Thillai Chidambaram Chitrakootam. When will I get to see him? Sending an arrow that felled Tadaka, he saved the yagna being performed by the Rishi Viswamitra.
Know that he resides in Thillai Chitrakootam on a throne decorated by dainty bells where pandits recite his praises! He vanquished the kings who wielded spears in battle. I bow my head in respect to those who worship with folded hands the Lord in Chitrakootam.
Listening to the words of the flower bedecked Kaikeyi, leaving behind his kingdome, Rama crossed Ganga with the help of Guha and reached Chitrakootam. There, he gave his padukas to his brother Bharata. Those who feast their eyes on Thillai Chitrakootam will find even the heavens to be a disappointment!
Rama killed the wide shouldered Virata, he received the bow gifted by the Tamil rishi Agasthya, and he cut off the nose of Surpanakha and caused the death of Mareecha who had disguised himself as a golden deer. Blessed is this land of Chitrakootam, where people walk around the temple, singing the praises of the Lord.
It is sage Agasthya who advises Rama to establish his cottage in Panchavati. I praise those who sing about the Lord of Chitrakootam. Placing the feet of Rama on my head, I know of no other kingdom than this! Establishing his kingdom once again in Ayodhya, Rama listened to the story of Ravana from Agasthya, heard his own story as a song from his sons Lava and Kusha and chose to reside in Thillai Chitrakootam.
Listening to the story of Rama, we will not take medicine even to escape death! All are just reacting to circumstances. Both Ramayana and Mahabharata end tragically. All things, even Avataras, have to come to an end. Helping all mortals to reach Vaikuntam, riding the enemy of snakes — Garuda, he destroyed all enemies, all celestials wait with bated breath for his arrival.
The Lord of Vaikunta is none other our Rama of Chitrakootam. We are his servants! The ruler of Uraiyur, the wielder of the royal umbrella — Kulasekara has composed this garland of Tamil verses in praise of Lord Rama, who resides along with Maruti Hanuman in Chitrakootam. Those who recite these verses are sure to find sanctuary in the feet of the Lord.
Thus ends Perumal Thirumozhi, the set of verses composed by Kulasekara Alwar. Will you hold my hand as we dive into the poetry of Thirumazhisai Alwar next?
Naalayira Divya Prabhandham
Compilation[ edit ] The collection, once thought to have been lost, was organized in the form of an anthology by Nathamuni. There is a long time gap between Thirumangai Alvar the last alvar and Nathamuni. In this dark period, nobody knew what happened to the 4, verses of the text. Legend has it that once Nathamuni heard some people reciting the decad of Aaraavamude of Nammaazhvaar at Kumbakonam. Captivated by these pasurams hymns , he wanted to know more about them. One of the verses also mentioned Aayiraththul Ippaththu Tamil : these 10 out of the When Nathamuni enquired about the remaining , the people who sang the 10 did not know anything about the other verses.
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