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old query

From: M K Sudarshan (sudarsan_at_batelco.com.bh)
Date: Sat Mar 22 1997 - 01:44:05 PST

Dear friend,

I know this is an age-old, much-examined query but there is no harm in
revisiting it just to test the temperature of the waters of the present times!!

Here it is :

Why is that no single AzhwAr deigned to sing a "pAsuram" on our Lord
Varadarajan !? 

It never ceases to intrigue me that Tirumazhisai, who is believed to have
lived in Kanchi and who made "sonna-vannam seyUm perumal" into a great and
popular legend for us for all times to come, never chose to sing about Lord
Varada !!

I have heard before many stories and explanations -- some very fanciful
ones, too -- for this glaring "lapse/ommission" on the part of "AzhwArs";
but I would like to hear what learned scholars on the list think about it.

There are a lot of "ex-Kanchi vAsi-s" too on the list who I think can help,
can't they ?

sudarshan