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upadhEsa raththina mAlai – 7

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pAsuram 7

maRRuLLa AzhvArgaLukku munnE vandhu udhiththu
naRRamizhAl nUl seidhu nAttai uyththa – peRRimaiyOr
enRu mudhal AzhvArgaL ennum peyar ivarkku
ninRadhu ulagaththE nighazhndhu                                      7


Word by word meaning

munnE – Before
maRRuLLa AzhvArgaLukku – the other seven AzhvArs,
vandhu – (the first three AzhvArs) came to the earth
udhiththu – and incarnated,
nal – (and in) good
thamizhAl – language thamizh
seidhu – (they) divined (aruLich cheydhu)
nUl – the dhivya prabandhams – mudhal thiruvanthAdhi, iraNdAm thiruvanthAdhi, and mUnRAm thiruvanthAdhi
nAttai uyththa – and made the people in the world reach the true goal (ujjIvikkumpadi);
peRRimaiyOr enRu – due to their having such greatness
ivarkku – these three AzhvArs
nigazhndhu – are referred to with the
peyar – divine name of
mudhalAzhvArgaL ennum – mudhal AzhvArgaL (first/foremost AzhvArs)
ninRadhu – which got well established
ulagaththu – in the world.


He is divining the reason for them getting the name of mudhalAzhvArgal, by starting with ‘maRRuLLa AzhvAgaL’.

Out of the ten AzhvArs, these three mudhalAzhvArs incarnated before the other seven AzhvArs.

The first three AzhvArs are supreme like the praNavam (Om). They incarnated between the end of dhvApara yuga and beginning of kali yuga {several years pass between two yugams }. To indicate that too they are called as mudhalAzhvArgaL.


thirumazhisaip pirAn also incarnated during similar times, and the rest of the AzhvArs incarnated during kali yuga, starting from the beginning of the yuga.


naRRamizhAl nuL seidhu  is, in the best language that is thamizh, very distinguished from other prabandhams, is their creation of dhivya prabandhams that is thamizh vEdham. They are thiruvanthAdhis of, ‘vaiyam thagaLi [mudhal thiruvanthAdhi]’, ‘anbE thagaLi [iraNdAm thiruvanthAdhi]’, and ‘thiruk kaNdEN [mUnRAm thiruvanthAdhi]’ .

The prabandhams and their thamizh are of the nature that can be celebrated as said in ‘senchoR kavaigAL [thiruvAimozhi 10.7.1]’, and ‘senthamizh pAduvAr [periya thirumozhi 2.8.2]’, and ‘inkavi pAdum parama kavigaLAl [thiruvAimozhi 7.9.6]’.

They themselves valued it saying ‘perum thamizhan nallEn peridhu [iraNdAm thiruvanthAdhi – 74]’.

Their greatness is such that they would celebrate their and others’ prabandhams about the thamizh and its formation.

With such greatness through their prabandhams, they removed the darkness (ignorance) in this world, and made people reach the true goal – due to such greatness they together got the name of ‘mudhalAzhvArgaL’ (first/foremost AzhvArs), as referred to by the world.

peRRimai : perumai – greatness/nobleness. Due to this, it shows their pre-eminence as said in ‘janmanA vidhyAcha’ (by birth and by education/knowledge).

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English Translation: raghurAm srInivAsa dhAsan

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