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aazhi

From: Parthasarati Dileepan (MFPD_at_UTCVM.UTC.EDU)
Date: Fri Jul 07 1995 - 04:59:36 PDT

Viji asked:
>       Along the lines of chakkaraththaazhwaar, is there any reference
>       to the aazhi (caNGgu) being personified by some aazhwaar?

    According to legend, poygaiaazhvaar was an amsam of changu and
    Thirumazhisai aazhvaar was an amsam of aazhi (chakkaram).
    Besides, amudhanaar says in the 33rd paasuram of 100thanthaathi
    that sri raamaanujaa was the avathaaram of the five divine
    weapons:

\bt
adaiyaar kamalath alar magaL kELvan kai aazhiyennum
padaiyodu naandhagamum padar thaNdum oN saarnga villum
pudaiyaar puri sangamum indhap boothalam kaappathaRkenRu
idaiyE iraamaanusa muni aayina in^n^ilaththE.
\et

aazhi         =  chakkaram
naandhagam    =  sword
thaNdu        =  gadhai
saaranga vil  =  bow
sangam        =  changu


-- Dileepan