Friday, March 23, 2018

Thiruneermalai Dhivya Desam – Literary Mention

Thiruneermalai Dhivya Desam – Literary Mention
Thiruneermalai Dhivya Desam is revered in Nalayira Divya Prabhandham, a great Tamil canon, and the hymns were sung by Thirumangai Azhwar and Boothathazhar.
Thirumangai Azhwar Praise:
Rain and floods forces Thirumangai Azhvaar to have his longest wait at any Divya Desam. Thirumangai Azhwar has glorified the temple highlighting the unique aspect of the temple where Vishnu is seen in four different poses of Standing (Neervanna Perumal), Lying (Sriranganatha), Sitting (Narasimha) and walking (Trivikrama). Giving Thiruneermalai a special status, Thirumangai compares it with Naraiyur, Thiruvali, Thiru Kudanthai and Thiru Kovilur and reveals that one can see the Lord of all these four temples at Thiruneermalai. Thirumangai Azhwar sung 19 Paasurams on this Temple.
Among the Divya Desams, this is the first Thaayar (Goddess) – Mani Maa Malar- that Thiru Mangai has praised with his Paasurams. In his reference to Thiru Naraiyur, Thirumangai talks about the standing Lord residing amidst groves in the well-watered town. He refers to Kudanthai as the Lord in a sleeping posture, to Thiruvali, where the Lord is seen sitting and to Thiru Kovilur as the one in a standing posture. In conclusion Thirumangai says that on the hills of Thiruneermalai, one can find him in all these four postures and hence it is sacred to visit this place.
அன்றாயர் குலக்கொடி யோடணிமா
மலர்மங்கையோடன்பளவி அவுணர்க்
கென்றானு மிரக்க மில்லாதவனுக்குக்
குறையுமிடமாவது இரும்பொழில்சூழ்
நன்றாய புனல்னறையூர்த் திருவாலி
குடந்தை தடந்திகழ் கோவல்நகர்
நின்றானிருந்தான் கிடந்தான் நடந்தாற்
கிடம் மாமலையாவது நீர்மலையே
 - Periya Thiru Mozhi
Boothathazhar Praise:
Boothathazhar in his only Paasuram compares this temple to Srirangam and Tirupathi.

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