Today (Oct 31st ) Aippasi ThiruvONam is Poigai AzhwAr Thirunakshathram. He is the first among AzhwArs and is the first of the three mudhal AzhwArs too. PoigaiAzhwAr, BhoothatthAzhwAr and PEyAzhwAr -three mudal (first) AzhwArs who were not only contemporary azhwArs; but were born on three consecutive days in SiddhArti year, Aiyppasi month on TiruvONam, Avittam and sadhayam nakshathrams respectively; and the babies appeared on flowers of different kind (and not were born like us actually!- They are ayOnijars). PoigaiAzhwAr, was born (made to appear by the Lord) in kancheepuram, while bhoodaththAr in mahabalipuram and pEyAzhwAr in thirumylai (present Mylapore).
1. PoigaiAr, an incarnation of MahAvishNu’s paanchjanyam (Divine conch, sanghu in Tamil) is also called Adhi kavi. poigaiAr appeared on the ThAmarai mottu (lotus bud) in a pond in tiruve:ka near kancheepuram.
2. BhoodhaththAr appeared in a flower called “kurukkaththi” in a garden at kadalmallai port of pallava rajyam (kingdom) in mahAbalipuram (south of madras). He was an incarnation of Divine mace (called kaumOdaki) of our Lord mahAvishNu.
3. PEyazhwAr, (called pEyar later by people due to being crazy, mad, piththan, pEyar after the Lord and even used to roll down with ecstasy and bhakti- He even says” others look crazy to him for their being crazy after material pursuits; and sensual pleasures), as an incarnation of the sword of mahAvishNu (called nandaki), appeared in sevvalli (Red alli-lily) flower in a well of AdhikEsava perumAL koil at mylapore (in madras).
Let us pay our obeisance to Poigai AzhwAr today on his Thirunakshathram by dwelling on one of his pAsurams.
naa vaayil uNDE? “namO naaraNA” anRu/
OvAdhu uraikkum uraiyuNDE? – moovaadha/
maagadhikkaN sellum* vagaiyuNDE* en oruvar/
theekadhikkaN sellum thiRam? (95th PAsuram of muddhal nURRanthAthi)
AzhwAr says: Utter His divine names.
We say: AzhwArE.. we are busy. We have lot of work.
AzhwAr: When you do other work, walk, wait, etc., simply utter the Greatest
Divine “NamO NaraayaNaa”. How will one ever get into wrong path? (He is ceratin to be saved by SrIman Narayanan)
We:AzhwArE.. All said and done.. We don’t know how to utter NamO Narayana.
AzhwAr.. of course.. just use the tongue
We: We do not know where is the tongue.. We don’t have one (We look for such excuses.. not to do what AzhwArs / AchAryAs say)
AzhwAr: (smilingly).. Don’t worry dear. Emperumaan (Lord) is so compassionate that He helps you providing the tongue in your mouth.. Look..
(You need not even open your mouth to utter Namo Narayana. Simply move your tongue (inside) so as to make Namo Narayana divine sound within you. He can hear and Bless you.
LET US ALL UTTER NamO Narayana…
Writeup by : Sri Madhavakannan