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From: Srinath Chakravarty (
Date: Wed Feb 07 2001 - 13:57:34 PST

Sri. Malolan:  vAraNamAyiram is the name given to the
SIXTH decad of nacchiyAr thirumozhi.  Just wanted to
mention this, since nobody else did.  FYI, decads or
portions of complete prabandhams (such as nacchiyAr
thirumozhi) are referred to in the tradition by these
unique names.  It is a practice that dates back to the
period of AchArya nAthamunigaL.  Specifically, as
many others have written, vAraNamAyiram describes
Sri. AndAL's dream of marrying Sriman nArAyaNan.
This wonderful decad is also sung during the seerAttal
ceremony in Srivaishnava weddings.

-Srinath C.

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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