Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Sri Andal was found by Periyalwar in his Tulsi Garden; he used to pick flowers from this garden to make beautiful garlands for Lord Vatapatrasayee. Sri Andal was born in 9th century – Adi Month – with the birth star Pooram – An incarnation of Sri Boodevi Thayar. Periyalwar was an ardent devotee of Lord Ragamannar and a self-less devotee of Lord Vatapatrasayee. He makes beautiful garlands for Lord on daily basis and present before Him. One day, while plucking flowers from his garden, he happened to listens the cries of a baby. He rushed towards the Tulsi shrubs. There he found a stunningly beautiful baby girl. Periyalwar took the baby affectionately and brought up her. He named her ‘Andal’ (Godha). The baby girl assisted her father in plucking flowers and making garlands for Vatapatrasayee. Andal grew up listening to the glories of Lord Krishna. She attentively listens to His childhood pranks and she imagined herself as one of the gopis – childhood friends of Lord Krishna. Slowly and steadily Andal’s undivided devotion towards Lord turned into desire to attain him as her husband. She imagined herself as Gopi, Srivilliputhur as Gokulam and the villagers as Gopis. Her yearning for Lord Krishna had no bounds. She composed ‘Nachiyar Thirumozhi’ and ‘Thiruppavai’ out of her longing for Lord Krishna.
Once, there arrived an orator to give speech about Lord Krishna and happened to describe the ‘Markazhi Nombu’ (fasting) to attain Lord Krishna’s grace. The little girl Andal earnestly paid attention to the rules for fasting should be followed and assembled her friends encouraged them to observe Markazhi Nombu. During the Month of Markazhi , Andal raise in the early morning and enthusiastically knock at the doors of her friends to take bath in the river. Her ‘Thiruppavi’ beautiful and divine compositions are exciting and it grabs the attentions of everyone. The thirty songs under the title ‘Thiruppavai’ is totally mesmerizing and enthralling. Witnessing the vivacious acts of Andal, her father started to worry about the girl. Whenever Periyalwar remind her about her marriage, she replies with innocent remarks ‘I want to marry only Lord Krishna’. It added Periyalwar’s worries about his dearest daughter, eventually people started criticizing at her devotion to Lord.
Jai Sriman Narayana !!