Archives Mudalazhwargal

 ( Mudal Azhwarhal  ThiruNakshathram)

     (Aippasi – Thiruvonam, Avittam, Sadayam)



                                                             (Sri Poigai Azhwar)
MudalAmAzhwArgal Vaibhavam

PoigaiyAzhwAr, BhoothathAzhwAr and PeyAzhwAr together are known as the mudalAmAzhwArgal. They were born due to Sriman nArAyaNA’s unfailing Will, on consecutive days in the month of Aippasi (TulAmAsam) in the year SiddhArthi of the dwAparayugA.


TulAyAmSravaNe jAtam, kAnchyAm kAchanavArijAth
dwApare pAnchajanyAmsam saroyoginamASraye

PoigaiyAzhwAr (poigai is translated as ‘lake’) or saroyogi, regarded as a manifestation of the matchless pAnchajanyam, was born unlike mortal beings, on a lotus in a lake in kAnchipuram. He was born under the auspicious SravaNam asterism in the bright fortnight (Suklapaksham) on an ashtami tithi.


TulA dhanishtAsambUtam, bhootham kallolamAlina:
Teere pullothpale mallApuryAmeedae gadAmsakam

A day after saroyogi’s advent, the divine Koumodaki , the mace of the Lord, took birth as bhootatthAr, in Thirukkadalamallai, which is famous for the SthalasayanapperumAL temple. He was born under the asterism of avittam and came to be known as bhoothathAr. He was born on a neelorpalamalar and pious tradition does not trace his birth to human parentage.


TulA sathabhishakjAtam mayurapurikairavAth
mahAntam mahatAkyAtam vande srinandakAmsakam

The next day, another miraculous birth was willed by the Lord of Infinite Love, and his faultless sword, nandakam manifested as a child on neidhalnilamalar, known as sevvalli, in Thirumayilai (modern day Mylapore), under the asterism of sadayam. Due to his always being in a state of being enraptured by recollections of the auspicious qualities of the Lord, he came to bear the name of ‘peyAzhwAr’, for he was like one possessed.

A Divine Rendezvous

Not much is known about the early years of these three devotees, and it is highly probable that being incarnations of the divine weapons of nArAyaNA, they spent their time propagating love and devotion (for nArAyaNA) wherever they went.

However in SriVaishNavA history, one particular incident is singled out from the lives of these AzhwArs. This is their celebrated meeting, which is said to have taken place in the hut of sage Mrigandu.
Sriman nArAyaNA is a cosmic playwright. No, He directs, and sometimes even stars in His own plays. He had decided to orchestrate one such play on that auspicious day and brought each AzhwAr to Thirukkovaloor, where He is worshipped as the Lord who measured the cosmos in three strides. This form of the Lord is worth mentioning with a touch of awe, as it is indeed a visible testimony to His greatness.

That night, PoigaiyAr went in search of a shelter from the elements, and found the hermitage of sage Mrigandu. When he requested the sage to let him spend the night there, the latter welcomed him saying that there was enough room for one person to recline comfortably in the hut. Soon, nArAyaNA moved another piece on his Cosmic Chessboard, and BhootatthAr arrived on the scene. When he sought shelter, the first AzhwAr welcomed him saying ‘although one person can comfortably recline, there is room for two people to remain seated in here’.

NArAyaNA was in full form, and with much delight in His own play, introduced PeyAzhwAr to the other two. They welcomed him saying ‘two people can sit here, but three can surely remain standing.’
Having come together in this most curious manner, they came to recognise each other as fellow VaishNavAs, and indulged in the favourite pastime of VaishNavAs, which is nothing but taking delight in exchanging stories of the Lord’s greatness and sport. As they grew more and more enraptured of the sky-hued Lord, they could feel that a fourth person was standing amongst them. As there was no room for a fourth person, they felt like they were being squeezed by this fourth being. It did not take them long to discern that the fourth person was actually Sriman nArAyaNA, who had decided to take part in His play (as always, for the Lord likes putting on different ‘appearances’ for His sport). This led to a gushing forth of divine verses in nectarine Thamizh.

PoigaiyAzhwAr began his celebrated centum, the mudhalAm thiruvandhAdhi, (an andhAdhi is a poetic style in which the last word of a verse becomes the first word of the subsequent verse), thus,

                             Vaiyam thagaLiyA vArkadalae neyyAga
Veyyakadhiron ViLakkAga
Seyya sudarAzhiyAnadikkae soottinaen solmAlai
IdarAzhi neengugavaeyendru

BhoothathAr joined in, singing,

 Anbe thagaLiyA Arvame neyyAga
Nanpurugi JnAnacchudarviLakkaetrinaen nAraNarkku
JnAnatthamizh purindha nAn.

PeyAzhwAr , whose divine intoxication spared him the sense to impart sound SriVaishNava doctrine to future generations, observed with great love,

      Thirukkandaen ponmaenikandaen
Thigazhum arukkanaNiniramum kandaen
SerukkiLarum ponnAzhikandaen purisangam kaikkandaen

The three centums sung by the first three AzhwArs are known as MudhalAm thiruvandhAdhi, irandAm thiruvandhAdhi and moondrAm thiruvandhAdhi. PeyAzhwAr brought the siddhA, SivavAkkiyar into the fold of SriVaishNavam, and this saint became famous as ThirumazhisaiyAzhwAr. Tradition has it that these AzhwAra lived for thousands of years spreading the glories of Sriman nArAyaNA and finally attained their rightful place in SriVaikuntham.

To know more about Sri PoigaiyAzhwAr Sri BhoothatthAzhwAr & Sri PeyAzhwAr please browse this link

                          PoigayiAzhwAr Thiruvadigale Saranam
BhoothathAzhwAr Thiruvadigale Saranam
PeyAzhwAr Thiruvadigale Saranam


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