srImathE satakOpAya nama:
srImathE rAmAnujAya nama:
srImath varavaramunayE nama:



srIman nArAyaNan, out of his unconditional grace, blessed certain jIvAthmAs and made them AzhwArs (those who are fully immersed in bhagavath anubhavam). Those AzhwArs took up to emperumAn‘s mercy and sung many thamizh poems which are collectively called as 4000 dhivya prabandham. Among those dhivya prabandhams, thiruppallANdu which is sung by periyAzhwAr is considered as the most important one.

pallanduperiyAzhwAr goes to madhurai (south) king’s court to establish vishNu parathvam (supremacy of vishNu). After successfully completing the task by the grace of emperumAn, he is greatly honored by the king. At that time, emperumAn himself descends there to see periyAzhwAr being celebrated/glorified. Seeing emperumAn in this samsAram (this material world which is full of dangers)), periyAzhwAr sings thiruppallANdu seeking protection for emperumAn.

In upadhEsa raththina mAlai, maNavALa mAmunigaL highlights the greatness of this prabandham in his 19th pAsuram.

kOdhilavAm AzhwArgaL kURu kalaikkellAm
Adhi thiruppallANdu Anadhuvum
vEdhaththukku Om ennum adhu pOl uLLadhukkellAm surukkAy
thAn mangalam AdhalAl

thiruppallANdu is to be recited in the beginning of the recital of flawless dhivya prabandham just like praNavam is recited in the beginning of vEdham recital. This is because thiruppallANdu is the essence of all dhivya prabandham (as praNavam is the essence of vEdham) and it is focussed on mangaLAsAsanam to emperumAn.

pallANdu means seeking out for the well-being of some one. In samskritham it is identified as mangaLAsAsanam.

In srIvachana bhUshaNa dhivya sAsthram, piLLai lOkAchAryar elaborately explains the glories of periyAzhwAr in comparison to other AzhwArs. periyAzhwAr is glorified as fully focussed on seeking out for bhagavAn‘s well-being in comparison to other AzhwArs who some times look at emperumAn and other times look at their own sufferings in this samsAram.

vyAkyAnam for thiruppallANdu is written by periyavAchchAn piLLai who is glorified as “vyAkyAna chakravarthy”.

periyavachan-pillaiperiyavAchchAn piLLai – thiru sanganallUr

vyAkyAnam for thaniyans have been provided by piLLai lOkam jIyar.

pillailokam-jeeyarpiLLai lOkam jIyar

We will start seeing the English translation for this wonderful dhivya prabandham.

adiyen sarathy ramanuja dasan

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  1. I am fortunate that I have stumbled upon this page and found the chance to read the explanation of each paasuram of Thiruppallaandu. It is so beautifully explained by you. I am at a loss for words to praise this. I can only humbly repeat my sincere gratitude many many times to you for publishing this, thus enabling some one like me to read, understand, appreciate and be mesmerized by the beauty of these.


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