12 Azhwars !! Life of Kulasekharalvar !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Hey Gopalaka Kripa Jalanidhe Hey Sindhu Kanyapathe
Hey Kamsanthaka Hey Gajendra Karunapareena Hey Madhava |
Hey Ramanuja Jagathrya Guro: Hey Pundarikakshamam
Hey Gopijananatha Palaya Param Janami Na Thwam Vina || (Mukundamala)


Thiru Kulasekhara Alwar/Kolli Kavalan/Koodal Nayakan/Koyikone/Villavar Kone/Cheyralar Kone was born during 8th century A.D to King Dhidavratha and his chaste wife Nadhanayaki in the year Pramadhi, Tamil month Masi with the birth star Punarvasu in Thiruvanjikulam, Kodungallur, Kerala.   The entire Chera Kingdom rejoiced over the birth of this divine child, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu’s Kausthubam, the precious gem adorned on the chest of Lord Vishnu.   Young Kulashekara was introduced to Astra & Sastra, sacred scriptures at early years of childhood.  In a short span of time, Kulashekara mastered all the subjects and acquired profound knowledge in war tactics, archery, horse & elephant riding and the science of armaments.  In due course of time, Kulashekara was crowned as the King of Chera Kingdom. 


King Kulashekara was righteous ruler and a fervent devotee of Lord Vishnu.  The people of the Chera Kingdom expressed immense joy over their mighty King and his benevolence.  He was a wise and unparalleled ruler, conquered all the neighboring cities including the Kingdoms of Pandya and Chozha.   Later, King Kulazhekara was married to the princess of Pandya Kingdom.  This couple had a son Dhidavradha and a daughter Ila. 


One day King Kulazhekara had a dream in the Lord Venkateswara of Tirumala instructed the purpose of his life and remain unfaltering in the path of devotion and dedication.  That was the life changing event in the life of this mighty King.  King Kulazhekara grieved over the several deaths happened while achieving greatest heights in life and realized his absence in the field of spiritual progress and the missed opportunities to serve the supreme Lord.  He invited profound scholars in Vaishnavism to the palace and immersed in the study of the sacred scriptures, contributed immense wealth for the renovation of temples and its management, especially to the famous temple of Lord Ranganatha in Sri Rangam.  Gradually King Kulasekhara turned out an zealous devotee of Lord Rama, he would spend several hours listening to the glories of Lord Rama as an ideal King, dutiful son, perfect husband, affectionate brother etc….While listening to the spiritual discourse on the great epic Srimad Ramayana, King Kulasekhara was deeply perturbed at certain moments after listening to the hardships Lord Rama had to undergo and the gruesome battle with the demons, he immediately orders his men to be ready with their forces to assist Lord Rama in the battle,   often the orator had to calm down the King saying that it was Lord Rama won the battle over the demons.  The Ministers and members of the assembly were puzzled at the devotion of the King.  A beautiful idol of Lord Rama & Goddess Sita was installed in the palace and daily rituals and rituals on special occasions were performed elaborately. 


On a Ramanavami day the deities were arranged for the special rituals, King Kulazhekara noticed that the precious jewel ornament was missing from the idol, ordered his men to locate the same.  The ministers suspected the Vaishnavaite scholars and saints who used to conduct lectures and prayers.  There was a custom prevailed in those days that in case of any dispute the innocent should prove blamelessness by putting hands into a pot full of venomous snakes.  King Kulazhekara was certain that no Vaishnavaite saint or scholar could commit such a sin and slipped his hand inside the pot, shortly removed his hand from the pot unharmed.  In this way, King Kulazhekara proven the innocence and staunch devotion of the saints and scholars assembled.  Later, it was proved that the ministers constructed a ploy against the holy men; in order to cut off the association of the King with the Vaishnavaite Saints and scholars, thus put an end to King’s undue interest in spiritual activities.  This incident had cemented King’s devotion and dedication towards Lord.  King Kulazhekara lost interest in the material world, discarded all the wealth and crowned his son Dhidavardan as the King of Chera Kingdom.  Ilai/Serkkulavalli/Chera Kula Valli Nachiyar, daughter of King Kulazhekara was a staunch devotee of Lord Ranganatha.  On the auspicious day of Sri Rama Navami Sri Serkkulavalli Nachiyar married to Lord Ranganatha/Namperumal and devoted her life as a dutiful wife to Lord Rangatha and immersed in the service of Lord.  King Kulazhekara lived a life of an ascetic, composed enthralling verses like Mukundamala and Perumal Thirumozhi (105) praising the glories of Lord Rama.    Lord was pleased at the devotion of the King and bestowed him with the title Kulazhekara Perumal.


Thiru Kulazhekara Alwar visited many sacred shrines of Lord Vishnu and sung praising the glories of Lord.  In Perumal Thirumozhi Thiru Kulazhekara Alwar earnestly reveals his desire to remain close to Lord in the form of a bird or rock or fish in the sacred pond or stairs before the sanctum of Lord.   At the age of 67 years on a Swathi day, Thiru Kulazhekara Alwar attained salvation at the lotus feet of Lord Narayana.   As desired by this great Vaishnavaite saint Thiru Kulazhekara Alwar resides closer to Lord Venkateswara in the form of doorstep/Kulazhekara Padi in Tirupathi.


Vanperu Vanakam Uyya, Amarar Uyya
Manuyya, Mannulakil Manisaruyya
Thunpamigu Thuyar Akala, Ayarvu Ondrilla
Sukam Valara, Agamagizhum Thondar Vazha
Anpodu Thenthisai Nokki Pallikollum
Aniyarangan Thirumuttratthu Adiyar Thangal
Inbamigu Perunkuzhuvu Kandu Yanum
Isaindhudane Yendru Kolo Irukkum Nale? (Perumal Thirumozhi 1-10)
Namami Narayana Padha Pankajam
Karomi Narayana Poojanam Sadha |
Vadhami Narayana Nama Nirmalam
Smarami Narayana Thathwam Avyayam || (Mukundamala)
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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