AzhwAr means “One who immerses himself”. They really, deeply immersed themselves in their devotion and bhakti towards the Lord
Sriya: Pathi Sriman Narayanan. The AzhwArs are reported to be incarnations of NithasUris of Sri Vaikuntam, namely, the weapons, the Vanamaali, the GarudA, et al. They lived like human beings and burst out bhakti laden great works for the sake of humanity. The works of Azhwaars stood mysteriously a replica of the Vedas themselves and therefore came to be known as Dravida Veda.
AzhwAr’s paasurams (poems) called naalaayira dhivyap prabhandam composed by twelve AzhwArs.The paasurams were collected and brought out by one of the much revered Sri vaishnava AchAryAs called Sriman Naathamuni.
A brief introduction to the first three Azhwars – Sri Poigai Azhwar, Sri Bhudath Azhwar and Sri Pei Azhwar.The pasurams composed by them are known as (1) ‘mudhal thiruvandhaadi’, (2) ‘irandaam thiruvandhaadi’ and (3) ‘moondraam thiruvandhaadi’ respectively.
Here is a presentation on brief stories of Mudal Azhwaars