“tEvu maRRariyEn” …….. I do not know of any LORD other than my AchAryan, Swamy NammAzhwAr

Madhurakavi Azhwar appeared at a holy place in Thirukolur, a small village near Alwarthirunagari, Tamilnadu . Once he undertook an pilgrimage  to Ayodhya. He was very moved by the beauty of deities of Lord  Rama, Sita Devi, Lakshmana &  Anjaneya  and decided to  stay in Ayodhya for sometime. During his stay, one night he saw a bright light  in the sky emitting from  the southern direction .

madhurakavi azhwar

He couldn’t comprehend if it was a bright star, a forest fire or anything else. Amazed with the strange happening , he decided to follow the light and see it for himself.  Unmindful walking long distances , he followed the light . After days of voyage, he finally reached Azhwarthirunagari and the light  suddenly disappeared . He was surprised at the phenomenon.


He enquired  from the villagers about  anything strange happening in their village assuming the dazzling light could have some prophecy too  . The villagers replied in negative, but expressed that  a boy has been  meditating  under a Tamarind tree for past 16 years without  even opening his  eyes. He had crawled to the tree as a baby 16 years back and remained in the tree thereafter.

Madhurakavi Azhwar was amazed with the villagers expression .He  decided to see the child for himself.  Azhwar goes close  as  near to the tree and finds the bright  child, with his  eyes closed and meditating.  The place was filled with divine aura and true the boy was looking too divine


Azhwar  questions  the divine boy  about True knowledge and  gets convinced with his instant replies .He immediately  accepts  the divine boy who is none other than the great Swamy Nammazhwar as his ACHARYAN


Sri Madurakavi AzhwAr becomes an ardent disciple of  NammAzhwAr and serves him with utmost devotion . With all humility he submits  the  11 verses  of the  grand KaNNinunchiRuthAmbhu  glorifying  his Acharyan     Swamy NammAzhwAr / Sri SaTakOpar with all humility  equating to  Lordships .



A devotee  can dwell and enjoy these verses  for ages on the divine works of Madhura kavi AzhwAr’s  grand     “KaNNinunchiRuthAmbhu”  .  Azhwar   declared in this Prabhandham

                                               “tEvu maRRariyEn”

( I do not know of any God other than my AchAryan, Swamy NammAzhwAr).


After NammAzhwAr departed from this earthly world to srivaikuntam , MadhurakaviAzhwAr was  worshipping  deity  of Swamy  NammAzhwAr

which he consecrated and performed ThiruvarAdhanA and uthsavams in his honour. Impressed by Swamy NammAzhwAr’s works  he wanted to stage NammAzhwAr’s works in front of other scholars .


Azhwar used  to contemplate on the divine knowledge shared by Acharyar .  Vaikaasi visaakam the appearance day of  Swamy NammAzhwar was celebrated in a grand manner . One particular year, when Swami Madhurakavi azhwar was taking azhwar’s  deity in a procession during the celebrations,  few  poets from Madurai Thamizh Sangam    objected to Swami Madhurakavi azhwar  and said .


“Oh! Madhurakavi!!  You are worshiping   Nammazhwar who is a just a  ordinary devotee not  Perumal  and reciting verses glorifying him ..Are those verses  “sangam” certified?  and   authenticated by  the great Madurai Tamil  Sangam as “  the original and of the highest quality”?  and  is he really  qualified enough to translate the Vedas into tamil ”?


 Azhwar was completely disappointed  hearing  these  critics .  He politely  went to Azhwar’s sannidhi and pleaded “Azhweer!! These people are objecting to adiyen’s only kainkaryam  which is my only purpose of life ..

jai nathamuni

Please do something that will not come in the way of my service to you . Nammazhwar pleased with his devotion appeared before Swami Madhurakavi azhwar in a disguised form.   Dressed like   an old man  he  asked Swami Madhurakavi azhwar about his reason for his grief. Swami  repeated the story to the old man.


 The old man replied  please do not worry about these  trivial issues.  Submit this pAsuram of “kaNNan kazhaliNai…”  and see the miracle  “saying this  he disappeared.

“Kannan Kazhalinai” will support you always”.


Madhurakavi  obeyed as instructed   and proceeded to Madurai to meet the  so called great sangam poets .  All of them were  debating  in a boat discussing the authenticity of the literature .  Madhurakavi offered the  holy  verse  to the poets . (Madhurakavi azhwar   had offered the divine verses  in a small leaf  which was used  during olden times and the divine verse   “Kannam Kazhalinai…”  from  Thiruvaaimozhi was ever glowing )


The poets read  those verses and laughed at  Swami Madhurakavi azhwar for his childishness  and threw it aside .  Suddenly  the whole boat top sided all the poets much to their surprise .


They swam hard and with great difficulty reached the shore. To their astonishment, they found that  the boat  retained only that  palm leaf .  The poets read  it patiently and were of opinion that  Swamy Nammazhwar was not any ordinary saint and apologised for their foolishness . Thus their ego was  shattered


Azhwar  further says that For a true  devotee of Lord Krishna …. all is  Lord Krishna the Food – eaten to satisfy the appetite, water drunk to quench the thirst,  the betel leaves consumed after the food, are all  Lord Krishna  .


Chanting  HIS holy  name, speaking of HIS qualities, and thinking of HIM , HIS  devotee will feel the hunger and the thirst and all other needs satisfied. They will not eat any other food since  KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS  is enough food for them and always remain in that bliss forever ……


kaNNan kazaliNai
naNNum manamudaiyeer
eNNum thiru_naamam
thiNNam naaraNamE

naaraNan emmaan
vaaraNam tholaiththa
kaaraNan thane


thaanE ulagelaam
thaanE padaiththidandhu
thaanE undumizndhu
thaanE aaLvaanE 


aaLvaan aazi_neer
kOLvaaya aravaNaiyaan
thaaLvaay malarittu
naaLvaay naadeerE.

naadeer naaLthORum
vaadaa malar_kondu
paadeer avan_naamam
veedE peRalaamE.


mEyaan vEngadam
kaayaa malarvaNNan
pEyaar mulaiyunda
vaayaan maadhavanE

maadhavan enRenRu
Odha valleerEl
theedhonRum adaiyaa
Edham saaraavE.


saaraa EdhangaL
neeraar mugilvaNNan
pEr aar Othuvaar
aaraar amararE

amararkku ariyaanai
thamargatku eLiyaanai
amarath thozuvaargatku
amaraa vinaikaLE


vinaival iruLennum
munaigaL veruvippOm
chunai nan malarittu
ninaimin nediyaanE

nediyaan aruL soodum
padiyaan sadakOpan
nodi aayiraththippaththu
adiyaarkku aruL pERE


Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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Videos : Credits  4000 Divyaprabhandam



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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6 Responses to “tEvu maRRariyEn” …….. I do not know of any LORD other than my AchAryan, Swamy NammAzhwAr

  1. S. B. Sampath Kumar. says:

    Mahan vaishnava SRI VARADAN SWAMIGAL Thiuvadigale Sharanam.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. SATYA GOPALAN says:

    Hari Om!
    Both pasurams – 1.Kanninum chiruthambu 2.Kannan Kalalinai – V.V.Powerful pasurams & Adiyen enjoyed uttering all along with Bhagavadas ….THANKS a lot indeed, Varadan.
    Adiyen – Ramanuja dasan – Jai Sriman Narayana!


  3. Kazhiyur Varadan says:

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

    Azhwar further says that For a true devotee of Lord Krishna …. all is Lord Krishna the Food – eaten to satisfy the appetite, water drunk to quench the thirst, the betel leaves consumed after the food, are all Lord Krishna . Chanting HIS holy name, speaking of HIS qualities, and thinking of HIM , HIS devotee will feel the hunger and the thirst and all other needs satisfied. They will not eat any other food since KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS is enough food for them and always remain in that bliss forever ……


  4. Very informative. Pictures posted add charm.


  5. Sarayu Ramaswamy says:

    A very enlightening story of SRI Madhura Kavi Azwar meeting SRI Nammazwar, it is he who brought out the Great Nalayeera Dhivya Prabandham. All devotees of Emperuman Are Greatly indebted to him for having got such a veritable Goldmine. Swamy Nammazwar Thiruadigale Sharanam. SRI Madhrakavi Azwar Thiruadigale Sharanam. The Translation not only enhances the beauty of the Pasurams but also gives a better perception of their contents. Thanks a lot to those Mahanubhavas who kindle our enthusiasm to go through the Pasurams.

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  6. G ANAND says:

    dhandavath pranams. Hare Krsna. Jai Madhurakavi alzwar Jai Swamin Adiyan Sri Kazhiyur Varadhan!! Jai HO to your service!!


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