Celebrating the Azhwars and the Divya Desams of Lord Sriman Narayana!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Thirukkandaen Pon Maeni Kandaen

Familiar people will at once recognize the phrase in the title - there are the opening words of Sri Peyazhwar's 100 pasurams.

The avathara sthalam (birthplace) of this Azhwar is tucked away in Mylapore, one of the oldest parts of Chennai city in southern India. Like so many great things in life, it is easy to miss. This Azhwar was not born of human parents - he incarnated in a well by himself. This well is located in in Arundale street (off Kutchery Road).

There is a small stone mantapam near this well. There are also a couple of small houses next to the well itself. I wonder if the inhabitants are aware of the monumental significance of their abode.

This great Azhwar starts his pasurams with a powerful assertion - his vision of Lord Sriman Narayana.

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