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Vol. 3 No. S-2 (2021): Volume 3, Issue S-2, Year 2021
Articles

Bhakti in the Hymns of Alwars

Salin Siyama A
Department of Tamil, PGP College of Arts and Science, Namakkal-637207, Tamil Nadu, India

Published 2021-04-30

Keywords

  • Tirumal,
  • Alvar,
  • Human organs,
  • Tirumala

How to Cite

A, S. S. (2021). Bhakti in the Hymns of Alwars. International Research Journal of Tamil, 3(S-2), 170-173. https://doi.org/10.34256/irjt21s233

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Abstract

Man is powered by the senses of skin, mouth, eyes, nose and ears. While depicting God in human form, the Alvars sang hymns in a way that emphasized the special nature of God and the use of human organs. Especially in Tirumal's Maniyalakam, Vayalaka is mentioned and he is spoken as a sweet speaker. In every incarnation of Tirumala his vayalaku is narrated. Although Vayalaku is meant to represent the Lordship of the Lord in a positive light, it is also shown to have the two properties of being the mouthpiece that feeds the milk objects which are meant to teach, hear and enjoy the virtues for the benefit of human beings. Eating and speaking are actions of the mouth. On the basis of these deeds the Alvars are distinguished as the mouthpiece of the Lord.

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