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ThoNdaradippodi AzhwAr Thirunakshathram (Maargazhi Kettai)

From: Madhavakkannan V (srivaishnavan_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Sun Dec 24 2000 - 19:53:24 PST

SrI:
SrImathE Gopaladesika Mahadesikaya Namah:

Dearest Sisters and Brothers,

Dec 24th (Maargazhi maasam, Kettai star) is ThoNdaradippodi AzhwAr 
Thirunakshathram. He is the AzhwAr who considered himself as the dust at the 
feet of Bhagawathas, and called himself so.

AzhwArs are those who have immersed themselves in Bhagavath anubhavam and 
bhakti towards Sriya: Pathi Sriman Narayanan, the unsurpassed and Supreme 
Lord. There is also a reference in srimad Bhagawatham about AzhwArs’ births:

kalau khalu bhavishyanthi nArAaNa parAyaNah:
kvachin kvachin mahAbhAgA drAmidEshu cha bhUrisa:
thAmaraparaNi nadhI yatra kruthamAlA payasvinI
kAvErI cha mahAbhAgA pratIcI cha mahAnadhI

(meaning: In the beginning of Kaliyuga persons "exclusively" devoted to 
Sriman Narayanan and endowed with spiritual knowledge will be born here and 
there in the land of dravidas where flow the rivers ThamaraparaNi, 
Kruthamala (Vaigai), Payasvini (PaalaaRu) Cauveri, and Mahanadhi 
(PeriyaaRu).

NammAzhwAr, MadhurakaviAzhwAr were born in the banks of ThamaraparaNi;
PeriyAzhwAr and AndAL close to Vaigai;
Poygai, PuthathAzhwAr and PeyAzhwAr and ThirumazhisaiPiraan near PaalaaRu;
ThoNdaradippodiAzhwAr, ThirumangaiAzhwAr on the banks of Cauveri.

Let us pay our obeisance to ThoNdaradippodi AzhwAr (also called 
BhakthAngrirENu)

ThoNdaradippodi AzhwAr, composed two works:

1. ThiruppaLLiyezhucchi (10 verses) and 2. Thirummalai (45 verses)

Thiruppalliyezhucchi is almost a great multimedia presentation of waking up 
the Lord of Srirangam, who is having His YoganithrA; The rising Sun, the 
gentle breeze, the fragrance of the flowers, the movement of birds, the bees 
humming, etc are greatly described by AzhwAr.

In Thirumaalai, the necessity to recite the Divya naamams (divine names) of 
The Lord Ranaganathan to remove the sins, and the greatest importance of 
kaimkaryam to Bhagawaan and more importantly His devotees, irrespective of 
their caste.

ThoNdaradippodi AzhwAr ThiruvadigaLE saraNam
Regards
Narayana Narayana
adiyEn Narayana dAsan Madahavakkannan
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