Thirumangai Azhwar divine pastime (Kaayaa maram ….UUraa KiNaRu…. Thola Vazakku )

 Thirumangai Azhwar, the last Azhwar was   affectionately  called as Kaliyan .He was the valiant army chief of the then Chola King.
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For his valour the king gifted him with a small territory to rule over. Hence, he was known as Thirumangai Mannan .
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He was attracted to an apsara Kumudavalli , daughter of a physician and expressed his desire to marry her. Kumudavalli who appeared on  a divine plan  to this earth  to transform this valiant king to a  devotee , laid the condition that he should  serve  1000 Srivaishnavas every day  by offering Prasadam for one year.
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Thirumangai Mannan fulfilled her condition and continued to do so even after his marriage as he got habituated in this wonderful kainkaryam of feeding  the srivaishnavas. In due course, his wealth diminished and as Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita, when HE decides to bless HIS devotee, HE takes away wealth and enacted a divya leela.
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Due to his love for vaishnavas , our Azhwar resorted to stealing and plundering wealth from the rich and the egoistic  but  used the wealth for feeding Vaishnavas and renovating temples.One day ,  Tirumangai Mannan comes to know through his friends that a newly wedded couple bedecked with precious  jewellery  were  passing through a forest in a palanquin and if they could plunder their wealth, they could continue with their cause of serving Srivaishnavas forever. Overjoyed , Thirumangai Mannan along with his four friends  rush to the  place in the midnight ,  galloping  fast on his horse, who he calls as Aadalmaa.
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He  waylays the divine couple who are resting  near a mandapam at “Thirumanankollai” and plunders their wealth. This precious booty is carefully put  over a cloth and ties it . Not being satisfied with the loot, he  advances towards them and tries to remove the Thirumetti of Thayar with all his might but  is unsuccessful.Something draws him towards them for a second look . However  he manages and when he tries to lift the loot, he is unable to do so. He  suspects  the bridegroom for having put some charm on the loot  .  He threatens Perumal who is disguised as the bridegroom with a sword to disclose the secret which is not allowing him to lift the loot .
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Perumal  smiles at him . He advises him to purify himself by having a dip at the  Kavery tributary  and return so that he can impart the secret to him.Thirumangai mannan  politely obeys the advise . He returns to  Perumal. Lord  gives him the most sacred mantram,Thirumantram . The moment Perumal whispers the sacred Ashtakshari Thirumantram , wisdom dawns on Kaliyan and he surrenders at the Lotus feet of the Divya Dampadhigal.

Thirumangai Azwar had  initiated  lot of services to  our LORD at Srirangam. The hundred pillar mandapam for the yearly festival adhyayana uthsavam was his contribution . He also  built the north and south gopurams at Kulasekaran thiruveedhi  ( streets ) the fourth compound wall ( Mathil suvar) which is called Maharlokam .

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This compound wall’s inner praharam is called “Aalinaadan veethi” that was the name of the place ruled by Azwar. There is a big Garudazwar sannathi in this praharam. The entrance is called Karthikai Vaasal to remember the birth star of our  Azwar .

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 The Thirunadai malikai that joins the Chandra Pushkarani and Velli Azakiyan vasal was  also his contribution . On total he completed eight major construcion works in Srirangam.

The big question to the devotees  was where from he got this money for these construction work?”

1111It is told by elders that once Azhwar  sent his disciples to find out where from they could get money for carrying out this  huge work listed above  in the temple . One of the disciples   understood  the task his master had  for them . He politely came  out and told  Master  I am told  that  there was a gold Buddha statue at Nagapattinam near Kanyakumari  and if  we could  somehow  possess  it,  we  would get enough money  for the construction work by selling  the same .

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On further discussing about the whereabouts , they came to know  the statue was installed on top of the Vimanam and  any disturbance of the statue would damage the Vimanam . Hence they had to find out a smarter  way to lift  it without damaging the vimanam.

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To understand the exact shape of the statue  they had to find out the sculptor who  took that work  and  constructed it on the vimanam . Azhwar  with positive note  , sent his disciples to find out where the sculptor lived for more details  and decided to take his team to the place where the sculptor lived   .  He  went in person with his disciples and stayed exactly opposite to the sculptor’s residence to gain his attention .  Casually speaking to the sculptor  , He  revealed he was on a piligrimage  and  was just waiting for the arrival of a ship to continue his yathra to Nagapattinam. Thus he was able to gain his audience .

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One day he wanted to draw the attention of the sculptor . He  raised his  voice and said  , Am  shocked  !!!  How  and really how  could  the golden Buddha statue be stolen with such carelessness when the sculptor did a wonderful job . There was a murmur in the room .  The sculptor who heard this was perplexed .  He  believed the words  he heard and  started cursing the helper who worked with him during the construction of the vimanam  as he  knew the secret of the construction of the Statue.

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Thirumangai Azwar  read the sculptors mood . He asked the sculptor for his nervousness  and pretended that he was concerned for his labour . He asked him to reveal  the helper’s whereabouts  so that he would go and search for him and punish him for his misdeed.

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The sculptor innocently pleaded that  that he did not know his where about but was scared to meet the soldiers  .  Gaining his attention further , Azhwar spoke to him pleasingly and requested him to tell him about the ( Vimana Makuta suthram) construction secret. He assured him that he would find the sculptor and recover the statue from him which was explained .

The same day a ship arrived . Azhwar boarded the ship  along with his disciples. Azhwar went to the Buddha Vihar with one of his disciples and was  waiting  till night fall. As he had already taken vital  clues from the sculptor  he managed to  remove the statue with ease .  The statue was glittering in the moonlight and Azhwar was just thinking, Buddha who renounced his princely home and kingdom would never wish to see himself in this  golden statue.

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Azhwar decides that it will be better to travel alone  upto srirangam with the golden statue . He advises his disciple to leave and would follow suit. Azhwar  walks  back to Srirangam.  As  he  approaches the holy place  Thirukkannangudi  near Nagapattinam   it gets  dark. Feeling tired  he takes rest under  big tamarind tree. He finds a  ploughed field around the tree . With no hesitation he buries the golden statue in the field  and commands the tree,  that even if he happens to  fall asleep, the tree must  be awake and take care of the gold that has been buried .

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 The  next morning the tamarind tree obediently  sheds it leaves upon him  and wakes  him up . Azhwar pleased with the tree  blesses the tree as URangaa puLI.  (It is believed that the leaves of the tree never closed after this incident.)

As the dawn broke the  farmer arrives to plough the field . Azhwar  a bit  confused , stops the farmer  by saying that the field belongs to him and he cannot plough the field . The farmer a bit amused explains that  for generations the land belonged to his family and how Azhwar can claim the land belongs to him . There is a chaos . The farmer reports the issue to the elders of the village  . The Elders demand the proof that the land belonged to Kaliyan . Azhwar informs that the document is at Srirangam and the same will be made available  in a day  for which the elders agree .

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Azhwar just wanted to snatch an opportunity to leave the place with the treasure . It is said  due to this incident , at this place the law suits keeps on dragging.  Hence the name  Thola Vazakku. (means never ending)

Azhwar quickly proceeded to Srirangam . Enroute he is  very thirsty , looking at a  woman drawing water from a well requests to share some water . The woman refuses to give water thinking that Azhwar would claim the well also as his property.

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Azhwar , unhappy with her behaviour  and leaves the place  . His  unhappiness indirectly cursed that the bore well would become dry and water would never flow from underneath.  Thus the  well was called UUraa KiNaRu and always remained dry since then.

 Tired ,  Azhwar proceeds  inside the temple of Thirukannangudi .As he is  exhausted  , he  relaxes  under a Makiza tree. The Lordships are very concerned .

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Lord  comes as as a traveller in disguise  and gives him food and water.

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Azhwar  who is terribly tired accepts the prasadam in  dazed condition . He gains some energy and looks around to see that person but disappointed .

He blesses  the Makiza tree. Thus the name of the tree becomes Kaayaa maram, never to dry and always to remain green and since then the tree is green .Azhwar waits for the sun to set .

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He leaves  to the field and takes  out the gold kept buried in the field  and  proceeds his journey to Srirangam. On his way the all compassionate  Lord comes in disguise as a  traveller . Azhwar impressed with his bewitching smile understands it was LORD himself . Lord graces  Azhwar with his darshanam with His Sangu- Chakram  as desired by  him .  He  realises that  the Prasad was given by LORD himself  on the previous night

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Thirumangai Azhwar  spent his last days at Thirukurrungudi as per the command of  Lord Sri Ranganatha  and attained  salvation .

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Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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5 Responses to Thirumangai Azhwar divine pastime (Kaayaa maram ….UUraa KiNaRu…. Thola Vazakku )

  1. SATYA GOPALAN says:

    Hari Om!
    So Inspiring & Interesting pastimes of TIrumangai Alwar!
    Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan-Jai Sriman Narayana!

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  2. Kooram madabhooshi Narayanan says:

    Swami’s description is scientilating. I read and enjoyed several times. It has more Bhakthi path. I think the place is thirukkanankudi and not thirukkannanmangai. I happened to go to thirukkannankudi where I saw urangapuli, Kayaa maram in the temple praharam. Perumal left hand is so lengthy and is too below his left knee. We can’t see such lengthy hand in any temple. Another one is Thayar molavar and urchavar thirumeni one and the same . We can’t see such beauty in any temple. Anyway swamiku adeyen kruthagjai.

    Waiting for some morre special item on Koorathazwan. His thirunatchathiram is coming by this month end.

    Dasan
    Kooram Narayanan

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  3. Lavanya ramanuja dasi says:

    Thanks for the stories. They were very helpful for my daughters to know the azhwar!

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  4. Anand says:

    jai HO!!! dasan wonderful pastimes.

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  5. shanthisethuraman says:

    Thanks for sharing the story of Thirumangai Azhwar divine. I like this line when I read Enroute he is very thirsty , looking at a woman drawing water from a well requests to share some water . The woman refuses to give water thinking that Azhwar would claim the well also as his property.
    Interesting divine story.

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