Twelve Alwars have contributed to the hymns in the Naalayira Divya Prabhandham. They are Poigai alwar (பொய்கை ஆழ்வார்), Bhutat alwar. See photos, profile pictures and albums from 12 Alwars. The āḻvārs, also spelt as alwars or azhwars are 12 devotional saints born in the region of south India. These saints wrote devotional poems in.

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All these poems were compiled by Sri Nathamuni around 9th century A.

These twelve Alwars had initiated a Bhakti revolution that transformed the spiritual map of India for all time to come. Kaumodaki Vishnu ‘s Mace. And who should come as his willing victim but Ranganatha himself?

It is generally held that the Alvars belong to the period between 2nd and 9th century A. Bhutattalvar uses the inner countries of this mind for his adoration: Andal is the only female Alwar alware she was a major source of inspiration for many other female members of the Bhakti movement in the later centuries.

So, their mission is accomplished. But this doesn’t make other alwars. Some modern scholars suggest that they lived during 5th – 9th century CE, “on the basis of a few historical evidences”, although no “clear” evidence exists to fit them between 5th to 9th century CE.

N Subba Reddiar, although even these dates lack historical evidence.

They are different because they chose to attain hari through their preceptor and by love. Also add Nayanmars please: Lochtefeld of Carthage Collegenotes in his The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduismthe first three Alvars Poigai, Bhoothath and Pey belonged to the 7th century; while Nammalvar and Madhurakavi belonged to the 10th century; while rest of them lived in the 9th century.


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Archived from the original on 21 June Thiruppaan Alwarwho belonged to the Paanar family, praised the Perumal through his beautiful songs and Paasurams.

Tirumizhisai was the son of a sage; Thondaradi, Mathurakavi, Peria and Andal were from brahmin caste ; Kulasekhara was a KshatriaNamm was from a cultivator family, Tirupana from Tamil Panar community and Tirumangai from kazhwar community.

Sri Vaishnava Alwars – A Brief Introduction – ISKCON Times

They praised the Divya Desams”abodes” temples of these Vaishnava deities. Kulasekara Alwarhave a great bhakti towards Sri Ramar have also done Mangalasasanam on the Perumal particularly in Malayala Naatu thriuppathigal.

The period of Azhvars is said to be between 6 th and 9 th Century. There is no seal as no further Alwar can be born like we see in Mohammadanism where there is seal with Mohammad.

Sri Vaishnava Alwars – A Brief Introduction

One sees the One unalterable Truth everywhere. Btw, thanks for your efforts. Orthodoxy posits the number of alvars as ten, though there are other references that include Andal and Madhurakavi Alvar xlwars, making the number twelve. Meaning who have immersed very deep and has returned back for us.

As Ramanujacharya was the first to successfully refute the Mayavada school of thought, which in turn contributed to the development of different schools of Vaishnavism, it is appropriate to narrate the history of the saints related to Vishistadvaita Sri Vaishnava school of thought and their contribution for the growth of Vaishnavism.


We should follow all the 12 alwars. There is a significant story attached to them that implies a mystic origin to the Naalayira Divya Prabhandham. Such was his superior bakthi.

Facts about Alwars – The Bhakti Saints of South India

Periyalvar has been given the pride of place in Nalayira Divya Prabandham because his “Pallandu” verse are not a prayer but a benediction to the Lord!

If there are slwars great bhaktas immersed in the love and God, then only few are called with such name? Thirumazhisai Alvar was their younger contemporary and thus among the earliest Alvars. Supreme deity Vishnu Krishna Rama. The Vedic invocations to Sri are experiential realities to the Alwars and they transcend the human barriers effortlessly. It was a feeling, a presence and yet quite alwwars.

These were not intentional.

The same knowledge was practiced, preserved and passed on from one generation to the other in the chain of unbroken disciplic succession that consisted of great saints called alwars and sages called acharyas. The Nalayira Divya Prabandham is a collection of of the songs composed by the 12 Alvars.

Only these could able to write the prabandham and no one others. Poigai, Bhutam and Pey alwars are known as the first three Alwars.