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Re: divya suri charitam

From: Vasudha Narayanan (vasu_at_religion.ufl.edu)
Date: Sun Nov 09 1997 - 10:00:29 PST

>I have a book from Alkondavilli Govindacharya on the lives of Alwars.  In
>that I remember to have read that Kulasekhara alwar's daughter was also one
>such person who went to Srirangam and merged with the lord Sri Ranganatha.
>
>I would like to know who has a copy of the "Divya Suri Charitam".
>
>Adiyen Krishna Kalale
>

I have a copy of this book and can loan it.  I particularly draw your
attention to the unique details of Sri Andal's swayamvaram, where all the
Perumals are lined up.  Nammalvar is seen to be Andal's ("honorific" and
"honorary") uncle in this retelling of the story.  The description of each
Perumal is beautiful.
Re: Kulacekara alvar's daughter-- other mahans may know the story better and
correct me.  In some oral renderings, Cherakula valli is identified as
Kulacekara's daughter, but this is not accepted by others in Srirangam.  In
anycase,some north Indian saints (like Meera in one version) are also said
to merge with the Lord-- but I am not sure about the location of the divya
desams in the the north.  Best wishes, Vasudha