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Thiru maal irum sOlai - part 6 - kaLLazhagar in ilakkiyam

From: Sampath Rengarajan (srengara_at_ford.com)
Date: Mon Feb 10 1997 - 06:59:03 PST

Azhagar maahathmiyam in tamil and other literatures

It  is  known that Lord Maha vishnu and his  avathArams
Ramar  and  Krishnar are referred and called using  the
word  "ahzagar" in vada mozhi sanskrit.  Similarly  the
lord in madurai is also known as "koodal azhagar".  the
Lord  of  thiru maal irum sOlai is known as  azhagar  ,
kaLLaazhgar  and  his  station is  known  as   "azhagar
malai".  ANdAL who was enchanted by the beauty of  this
Lord addressed

608:
 ezhiludaiya vammanaimeer! ennarangath thinnamuthar,
 kuzhalazhagar vaayazhagar kaNNazhagar, koppoozhil
 ezhukamalap poovazhaga remmaanaar, ennudaiya
 kazhalvaLaiyaith thaamum kazhalvaLaiyE yaakkinarE.
                    nAchchiyAr thiru mozhi 11.2 , ANDAL


this  Lord  as  "kuzhal  azhagar,  vaay  azhagar,   and
koppozhil   ezhu  kamla   poovazhagar"  in   naachiyaar
thirumozhi. Thiru mangai


1758:
poNnNnivar mENni maraga thaththiNn
  poNGgiLaNY chOdhi yagalaththaaram
miNn,ivar vaayilnNal vEdha mOdhum
  vEdhiyar vaaNnava raavar_thOzhI,
eNnNnaiyum nNOkkiyeNn Nnalkulum nNOkki
  EnNdhiLaNG goNGgaiyum nNOkkugiNnRaar,
aNnNnaiyeNn NnOkkumeNn Ranchu kiNnRENn
  "achchO or'uvar azhagiyavaa'!"  (2)       9.2.1

			periya thiru mozhi , thirumangai azhwAr

called  him "achcho Oruvar 'ahzgiya'vaa !". It is conceived
that  this  name  kaLLazhagar became sundara  rajan  in
sanskrit  as  well.  The Ursavar is the most  beautiful
ursavar  of  all  the 108 ursavars including  nachiyaar
koil, thiruk kudanthai, ponnappan, thirunarayana puram,
and  vaduvoor raamar the ex thiruk kannapuram  ursavar.
The  ursavar is made of aparanchi a form of purest gold
and  is  so  bright and yellow in color as compared  to
many  pancha Loka idols tat are light yellow and  light
red tinged. There is a divya prabandam ie. an exclusive
literature  other  than 4000, known  as  "sOlai  malaik
karasar"  defines  the beauty of  this  Lord  in  great
detail and it addresses HIM as "rishabAthishar". It  is
consdered  here that this ursavar is more popular  than
the  moolavar of this khsEthram. In this kshEthram  the
ursavar is also seen with HIS pancha Ayudhams.

Sri ANdAL thiruvadikaLE charaNam
Sri SridEvi thAyAr samEtha Sri kaLLazhagar
thiruvadikaLE charaNam
Sampath Rengarajan