Saturday, July 2, 2016

Adinatha Perumal Temple (Thirukurukur), Alwar Thirunagari, Thoothukudi – Literary Mention

Adinatha Perumal Temple (Thirukurukur), Alwar Thirunagari, Thoothukudi – Literary Mention
Nammalvar has offered Mangalasasanam in 11 songs in his Tiruvaymoli. Manavala Maamunigal has also done Mangalasasam here.
Mangalasasanam:
·        Nammalvar - 11 Pasurams 
Composition of Naalayira Divya Prabandham:
Naatha Muni, who came here to compile the Naalayira Divya Prabandham composition, met with Madura Kavi Azhvaar and picked up ‘Kanninun Sirutha Ambinaal’ composition from him.  Naatha Muni recited these verses 12000 times before Nammazhwar and he appeared before him to share the contents of the Naalayira Divya Prabandham, which Naatha Muni wrote and compiled.
The story:
3 days before the end of the Raama Avathaar, Lord Yama came to meet Raama. Given the timing, Raama asked Lakshmana not to allow anyone inside. Unfortunately for Lakshmana, it turned out that Sage Durvasa chose to meet with Raama. Knowing the sage’s anger and not wanting to be at the receiving end, Lakshmana remained silent and allowed him entry.
As he stood still like a tree and did not stop the Sage from coming in, as instructed by him, Raama pronounced that Lakshmana turn into a tree. Saddened by this, Lakshmana pleaded before Raama that he could never live away from him. Consoling him, Raama said that he himself had to atone for the sin of making Sita stay in the forest and that he would be born as Nammazhwar and stay ‘still’ for 16 years. During this period, he would sit under the tamarind tree (Lakshmana).
He directed Lakshmana to the banks of Tamirabarani, where he would get transformed into a tree. When born, Nammazhwar did not open his eyes or cry. He resided under the tamarind tree within the Aathi Naathan temple for 16 years till he met Madhurakavi (who later became his disciple) who posed some interesting questions about life. And that is when Nammazhwar spoke for the first time.
So impressed was Madhurakavi (Azhvaar) with Nammazhvaar’s answers, that he said ‘I do not need God, Nammazhwar is enough’. 
Nammazhwar Paasuram:

ஓடி ஓடி பல பிறப்பும் பிறந்து
மற்ற ஓர் தெய்வம்
பாடி ஆடிப் பணிந்து, பல்படிகளால்
வழி ஏறிக் கண்டீர்

கூடி வானவர் ஏத்த நின்ற
திரு குருகூர் அதனுள்
ஆடு புள் கொடி ஆதி மூர்த்திக்கு
அடிமை புகுவதுவே

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