|BIRTHPLACE:||Azhwar Thirunagari (Kurugur)|
|WORKS:||Tiruvaymozhi (1102 verses), Thiruvirutham (100 verses), Thiru Aasiriyam - 7 verses and Periya Thiruvanthadi (87 verses).|
|AVATAR OF:||Vishvaksena (Vishnu's commander)|
According to traditional scriptures, Nammalwar was born a Pillai (Vellalar) family at
Thirukurukur (modern day Alwarthirunagiri) in the southernmost region of the Tamil country.
Madhurakavi Alvar was his first disciple. Swami Madhurakavi Alvar composed 11 pasurams in praise of his Acharya, Swami Nammalwar known as Kanninun Shiruthambu, which are included among the 4000 Nalayira Divya Prabandham.
He contributed four works to the Divya Prabhandham. These works consisted of 1,296 poems.
Yerar vaikasi visakaththin yetraththai
Paror ariya pagargindren – seerarum
Vedam thamizh seidha meyyan ezhil kurugai
Nathan avathariththa nal
O’ the people of the world! Let me tell you the glory associated with visakha star in this beautiful vaikasi month. This day marks the incarnation of nammazhwar (who provided to us the essence of the vedas in simple Tamil language) in the southern hamlet of azhwar thirunagari.
Undo vaikasi visakaththukku opporu nal
Undo satakoparkku opporuvar – undo
Thiruvaimozhikku oppu thenkurugaikku undo
Oru par thanil okkum Oor
Is there a day that is equivalent to vaikasi visakham? Is there a person whose scholarship is equivalent to that of nammazhwar? Is there a scholarly work which is comparable to Nammazhwar’s thiruvaimozhi? In the whole world, is there a place which is comparable to azhwar thirunagari? The answer is a resounding “No”.
The "Sataari" placed on the heads of all the devotees in Vishnu temples is supposed to be Nammalwar himself.