Vaishnavite Acharyas History of Alvars - Sri Vaishnava Sampradaya Several schools of Hindu religious thoughts have been established by great saints and thinkers. Visishtadvaita is one of those schools of thought which was propounded by Sri Ramanujacharya on the basis of Brahma Sutra and Thiruvaimozhi of Nammalvar. Alwars used Tamil language as medium for their songs and prayer. The melody and charm of the verses Pasurams , which were inspired by their divine love of God and mankind, made them immensely popular. Gradually over time, they became an integral part of temple worship and are today recited during the daily poojas. Alwars saw and felt Sriman Narayana in everything.
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It is investigated with a multi-faceted approach using philology, linguistics, epigraphy, and religion. This error was obviously due to the influence of the sound variation that has occurred in the Srirangam area and elsewhere". Alexander Dubyanskiy. Legacy[ edit ] Alvars are considered the twelve supreme devotees of Vishnu , who were instrumental in popularising Vaishnavism in the Tamil-speaking regions. As per tradition, the first three Azhwars, Poigai, Bhutha and Pey were born miraculously.
Tirumizhisai was the son of a sage; Thondaradi, Mathurakavi, Peria and Andal were from brahmin caste ; Kulasekhara was a Kshatria , Namm was from a cultivator family, Tirupana from Tamil Panar community and Tirumangai from kazhwar community.
According to these texts, the saints were considered incarnations of some form of Vishnu. It is widely accepted by tradition and historians that the trio are the earliest among the twelve azhwars. Summary[ edit ] Some modern scholars suggest that they lived during 5th - 9th century CE, "on the basis of a few historical evidences", although no "clear" evidence exists to fit them between 5th to 9th century CE. Lochtefeld of Carthage College , notes in his The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduism, the first three Azhwars Poigai, Bhoothath and Pey belonged to the 7th century; while Nammalvar and Madhurakavi belonged to the 10th century; while rest of them lived in the 9th century.
Scholarly dating, except that of Kulasekhara Azhwar, is based on summary of views of modern scholars by Dr. N Subba Reddiar, although even these dates lack historical evidence.
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