Stories of 12 divine Alwars
Presented by Sri M V Subba Rao
are Great Vishnu Bhaktas of yester years. There are twelve Alwars :
Poigai Alwar, Poodath Alwar and Pei Alwar are collectively called as
"Mudhal Alwars" were found in the same period of time.
Thirumazhisai Alwar, who treated the Perumal as his friend and has sung
melodious Mangalasasanam on Perumal.
Thirumangai Alwar, who was a great king in his starting of life but
later, transformed his life to work for the Perumal and for His bhaktaas.
Thondaradippodi Alwar, who is also pouplarly known as "Vipra Narayana"
led his life as the slave to the
Perumal and worked for the Perumal by dedicating him with Garlands.
Thiruppaan Alwar, who belonged to the Paanar family, praised the Perumal
through his beautiful songs and Paasurams.
Periyalwar, is considered as the Mother, Father for Sri Andal and Father-in-Law
to Perumal has sung Mangalasasanam on Perumal
Sri Andal, who is also called as "Soodikkodutha Sudar Kodi"
is said to be the daughter (brought up) of Periyalwar has created "Thiruppavai"
in which she considers Sriman Naryanan as her husband. She is the only
Nammalwar, who sat below the Tamarind tree without having any food and
sleep got Gnana and has sung Mangalasasanam on Perumal and he has worked
hard to spread Sri Vaishnavam.
Madhurakavi Alwar, who is said to be the Sishya (Student) of Nammalwar
is also one among 12 Alwars.
Kulasekara Alwar, have a great bhakti towards Sri Ramar have also done
Mangalasasanam on the Perumal particularly in Malayala Naatu thriuppathigal.