” Thondar addi podi Azhwar ” appearance day today…

The  foremost devotee of LORD RANGANATHAR of Srirangam was  Swamy Vipra Narayanan  who later called himself  Thondaradi podi Azhwar  ( dust of the devotees of Lord Ranganathar) .  He appeared in a holy dhaam  “Thirumandangudi” in Tamilnadu.

He cultivated a beautiful garden and offered the best variety of flowers to LORD RANGANATHA daily  .


This service was well liked by him and  hence  he wanted to live in Brahmacharyam  ashram throughout his life and thus  always be in service of LORD by offering pushpa kainkaryams  .



However ,a divine play was enacted .  

Vipranaryana was known for his sincere devotion .

In the same village a beautiful dancer lived  who  was very popular for her beauty .


   One day she  came into the garden where Vipranaryana was  growing flowers that was to be offered to Lord daily.  (Nandavanam in tamil)  .




While everyone around  was attracted by her beauty, Vipra Narayanan remained engrossed in  looking for the fresh and best flowers  that can be offered to the LORD , though she was standing next to him and passerby’s eagerly looking at her  beauty ..


She was surprised to see a man  living in the same village  ,who would not even turn to look at a beautiful lady within his sight.


Her friends informed her that he was  committed in his devotional  service and that she will not be able to attract him.


Taking it as a challenge,  the beautiful lady Deva devi decided to be with him and help him in his service and later win the bet placed with her friends .


One evening, the  area where  Vipranarayana lived  was struck by lightening and thunder and thus  heavy rains  followed .


The lady  who was helping him daily with  some service decided this was the right opportunity to enslave the devotee .

She innocently walked into the garden and  asked for permitting her  to stay in his place as it was unsafe to travel in the dark.


 As a devotee , he felt sorry for her and allowed her to stay in his ashram  . That night, she wins over him  with her  innocent talk and looks. She feels delighted to have finally enslaved  him.


Having won the challenge, she decides to leave him and claim her supremacy in attracting anyone including an ardent devotee  .


As  time passes , Vipra Narayanan  is  unable to live without her  and offers his  karmic prayers to Lord Ranganatha to get her back.

Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Kovil

All compassionate  Lord Ranganatha goes to  Deva devis  place  (incognito) as a small boy  and hands over  Golden Vattil ( vessel)  and informs her that Vipra Narayanan asked him to hand it over to her.


The next day,  in the temple the Priests  are worried about the missing vessel in the temple .

The news reaches the King through his temple attendants  . The search for the golden vessel inside the temple begins . A maid working at Deva Devi’s place informs the king that she saw the vessel (Vattil) in her place.

Suspecting Vipra Narayanan’s role in this, the king locks him up in a Jail.

It is here that Vipra Narayanan realises his folly of having fallen prey to the beauty of a woman.


He regrets  the fact that he had lost thought of the Lord for a while and that what he is suffering now was the  result of this weakness and giving over importance to  his carnal temptations .  


The divine play of LORD makes him realise the  material influences that  takes away from LORDs service  .  Later with Elders intervention  Vipranarayana is  released and  remains in thought of the Lord .

He  composes 2 of the best known Paasurams of the Divya Prabhandham – 45 verses of Thiru Maalai (872-916) as well as 10 verses of ThiruPalli Yezhuchi (917-926).


Having gone through a traumatic experience with devadevi, he  decides to remain  a staunch bhakta serving LORD every breath .

He  calls  himself the dust at the feet of devotees  bhaktas

(ThoNdar  adi ppodi AzhwAr).


Azhwar emotional outburst    laments in one pasuram

“OorilEn kANiyillai; uRavu maRRu oruvar illai;/

pAril nin pAtha moolam paRRilEn parama moorthee;/

kAroLi vaNNanE (en) kaNNanE! kadharuginREn;/

AruLar kaLaikaN ammA! arngamA nagaruLAnE!/”



I have no place

no properties;

no relatives;

none other than you;

I know only your Lotus feet;

O  Supreme Lord of Blue hued sky colour!


You only are my refuge.

Can you not hear my cries?

Is there any one else to save me except you?”……………………..



Today 17-12-2017 is the appearance day of  Azhwar

All Glories to our ThoNdar  adi podi AzhwAr


Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

Pics Credits : Google images uploaded by several advanced devotees in social media

video credits : Sriman MK Saravanan


About Kazhiyur Varadan

Am seeker of true knowledge , aspiring to serve and share the divine pastimes of Lord and HIS devotees . Interested in meeting devotees and love traveling to all holy places . Major interest is to interact with devotees and be of some use to the world in spreading Lord's divine play . This blog is an attempt of knotting a garland of priceless pearls from Sri vaishnava Divya desam . .....Divya leelai .. .......and .Divyaanubhuthee shared by zillions of hari bhaktaas . Though Adiyen is neither competent or qualified in sharing this elixir of spiritual world , out of abundant mercy from asmath Acharyar His Holiness Sri Sri MudaliAnddan swamigal ,adiyen is attempting to reproduce the same which is done purely by the grace of AchAryar and the Lordships by hearing from various advanced devotees . Am like a bee collecting the nectar from sacred flowers and posting the same in this honey comb blog .. There can be few photographs which would have been uploaded from google images to practically have the feel of the holy place and be of some service to the devotees . In case the owner of the pictures /images, videos has any objections for this adiyen shall remove the same . If any of the images presented here violates copyright issues or infringes anyone copyright or are not under "Fair use" the same shall be removed ASAP . Anything erroneous in adiyens post is completely my fault/ignorance and anything noteworthy goes to the spiritual masters . Any faults are solely due to my poor understanding and seek pardon for my poor expression . All the divine pastimes shared are from the lectures and the ones shared by several advance devotees .All the compliments and praise belong to the great Spiritual masters for their mercy on adiyen ( your servant ) to share and re share in this blog to remain that bliss always ...... Seeking your blessings in this small service of sharing the divine posts .. Adiyen Ramanuja dasan Jai Sriman Narayana IMPORTANT 1) Spiritual Material posted in this blog are just for information purpose and for spreading awareness. Few divine pastimes which was shared in discourses and the holy place is being re shared which are subject to mistakes or discrepancies with time . So, kindly , don't be offensive and don't post any aggressive or illegitimate comments on the blogs due to the differences in opinions. 2) This blog may contain links to other sites through advertisement, user comments, articles. While Adiyen tries to link only to sites that are safe and secure, Adiyen am not responsible for the content or the privacy practices employed by other sites., since the linked site is not under the control of me, am not responsible for the contents of any linked site or contents of the links mentioned in the links site. Adiyen am providing this link just for informational and academic purposes only. 3) This blog may contain inaccurate, incorrect and clerical errors. Adiyen do not warrant nor assure the accuracy/correctness/completeness of the materials/articles or the reliability of any advice, opinion, comment or other information displayed or distributed through this blog . 4) We are in the service of spreading the divine pastimes of LORD and HIS devotees .Please correct adiyen in any shortcomings .
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8 Responses to ” Thondar addi podi Azhwar ” appearance day today…


    Good Bhagavatha kainkaryam

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  2. Hari.c.s. says:

    Very nice I read this in Krishna voice this month

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  3. G Anand says:

    Jai HO Prabhu. dasosmi thank you for the nectar

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  4. Kazhiyur Varadan says:

    Reblogged this on kazhiyur varadan's web blog and commented:

    I have no place; no properties; no relatives; none other than you; I know only your Lotus feet; O Lord of Blue hued sky colour! You only are my refuge. Can you not hear my cries? Is there any one else to save me except you?”……………………..


  5. sugumara ramanuja dasan says:


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  6. sugumara ramanuja dasan says:

    nice your post

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  7. Sanjay Banerjee says:

    Divine knowledge is being acquired by many Devotees and Hari Bhaktas like me through these wonderful posts on regular basis, revealing the true meaning of life.

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