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5. nammaazhvaar

Birth vaikaasi, vissagam
Place thirukkurukoor (Alwarthirunagari) near ThirunelvEli
Other names sadagOpan, maaRan, kaarimaaRan, kurugaippiraan, thirukkurugoor nambi, vaguLaaparaNan, paraangusan.
Prabhandam thiruviruttham (100), periya thiruvandhaathi(87),thiruvaasiriyam (7), thiruvaay mozhi (1102)
Puranam
This aazhvaar was a child prodigy. A much older Madhurakavi aazhvaar was his disciple. It is believed that it is Madhurakavi who wrote down all the pasurams that nammaazhvaar sang. When Madhurakavi met nammaazhvaar for the first time, he asked the child who had not spoken a word since birth, "setthathin vayiRRil siRiyathu piRanthaal, athu etthaith thinRu engE kidakkum?" i.e. if the jeevaathmaa enters the body made off lifeless matter, what will it do? Azhvaar answered, "atthaith thinRu angE kidakkum." i.e. the jeevaathmaa will experience the good and the bad of the life in this universe.