Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Thirumangai Alwar/Parakalan/Neelan was born to Thiru Alinadudaiyar and Vallithiru Ammaiyar as an incarnation of the bow /Sharngam of Lord Vishnu, with the birth star Karthikai in 8th Century, in a village called Thirukuraiyallur, Sheerkazhi, Nagapattinam Dist. Tamil Nadu. The King who was ruled this city was overwhelmed at the valor of Neelan and appointed him as the chief of the army and later he was crowned as the King of Thiruvali in Thirumangai. There was a celestial Apsara Amangala was cursed by Sage Kapila, due to the curse Amangala was born as Kumudavalli Nachiyar on Earth. Thirumangai Alwar was mesmerized at the fame and intelligence of Kumudavalli Nachiyar and earnestly desired to marry her. Kumudavalli Nachiyar put forward a condition that Thirumangai Alwar should serve 1008 Vaishnavas with food on daily basis. Thirumangai Alwar sincerely follower her instruction, soon it affected the financial condition of the city. The Chola King who was ruled the city ordered his men to collect tax from the Thirumangai, but he was refused to pay and detailed them about the pitiable state of the city. King ordered his men to detain Thirumangai Alwar, but they were failed to perform their duty. Finally King was pleased at the valor of Thirumangai arrived with his men to capture him and detained him in a temple for three days with no food and water. Thirumangai had a dream in that Lord Varadaraja of Kanchipuram instructed him that if he serves Lord and follow the divine instruction, Alwar can have the money to pay off his taxes. Thirumangai Alwar returned to Kanchipuram with the permission of the King and conducted an excavation process as per the instruction of Lord and found a pot full of gold coins, with these golden coins Thirumangai alwar paid off his debt and kept the remaining for the service of Vaishnavaites. The King refused to accept the gold coins and returned them to Alwar for the smooth functioning of his service. Shortly, Alwar found shortage of fund for his service, decided to filch money from the wealthy people, in this way Thirumangai Alwar relentlessly served the Vaishnavaites. Once, Lord Narayana and Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi appeared before him, disguised in the form of a newly wedded couple in a dense forest. Alwar and his men threatened the couple and plundered all the jewels and money from them. They snatched all the jewels except the ring on the feet of Lord Narayana, pretended that it was difficult to remove and instructed Thirumangai to remove the ring. Thirumangai clasped the ring with his teeth; Lord Narayana whispered the sacred hymn Ashtakshara on his ears. Soon, Thirumangai realized the presence of Lord Narayana and begged for forgiveness. Thirumangai Alwar never utilized the money ransacked for his personal use; he had spent it all for serving the devotees of Lord.
Thirumangai Alwar composed sung 1253 verses praising the glories of Supreme Lord know as Periya Thirumozhi, Thirukkurnthandakam, Thirunedunthandakam, Thiruyezhukootrirukkai, Periya Thirumadal, Siriya Thirumadal. Alwar visited 46 sacred shrines of Lord Vishnu and 36 shrines with other Vaishnavaite saints who were lived during that period.
Details of the sacred shrines visited by Thirumangai Alwar are Thiruppullani, Thirumayam, Uthamarkovil, Thirukandiyur, Naimisharanyam, Thiruppiruthi/Nandaprayag, Ahobilam/Thirusingavelkundram, Thiruvannur, Thirunindravoor, Thiruthanka, Thiruparameswara Vinnagaram, Thirupavalavannam, Thiruneeragam, Thirukaragam, Thirukkarvanam,Thirukkalvannur, Thirunilathingal Thundan, Thiruputkuzhi, Thiruvanthipuram/Thiruvaheendrapuram, Kazhicheera Vinnagaram, Thirukkavalampadi, Thiruvellakulam, Thirukeezhaichalai/Thiruthevanarthokai, Thiruparthanpalli, Thirumanikkoodam, Manimadakkovil, Ariyameyavinnagaram, Thiruvanpursharthamam, Thiruthetriambalam, Thiruvaikundavinnagaram, Thirusemponsei Koyil, Thiruthalaichangadu/Thalaichingananmathiyam, Thiruinthalur, Theramundhur, Thiruchirupuliyur, Nagai, Thirukkannangudi, Thirukkannamangai, Thiruccherai, Thirunaraiyur, Thiruvelliangudi, Nanthipuravinnagaram, Thiruadhannur, Thiruppullabhoothangudi, Thirukkadaloor, Thirukkozhi,
Thirumangai Alwar visited 36 shrines with the other Alwars who were lived at that period of time. Those temples are:
(Thirumangai Alwar & Thiru Bhoothathalvar) Thiruneermalai, Thiruvidanthai, Thirukadalmallai, Athigiri,
(Thirumangai Alwar & Poikai Alwar) Thiru Ashtabujam,
(Thirumangai Alwar & Peiyalvar ) Thirukkadigai,
(Thirumangai Alwar & Thirumazhisai Alwar) Thiruoorakam,
(Thirumangai Alwar & Nammalvar) Thirumohur, Thiruppuliyur, Thiruvallavazh, Thirumoozhikkalm, Thirunavai,
(Thirumangai Alwar & Periyalvar) Badrinath, Salagramam, Thirukkoodal
(Thirumangai Alwar & Kulazhekara Alwar) Thiruchithrakoodam, Thiruvazhi Thirunagari,
(Thirumangai Alwar & Boothathalvar) Thiruthangal,
(Thirumangai Alwar, Peyalwar & Thirumazhisai Alwar) Thiruvallikkeni
(Thirumangai Alwar, Poikai Alwar, Bhoothathalvar ) Thirukkoyilur
(Thirumangai Alwar, Peialvar & Nammalvar) Thiruvinnagaram
(Thirumangai Alwar, Bhoothathalvar & Nammalvar) Thiruvennatrangarai/Thanjaimamani Koyil
(Thirumangai Alwar, Nammalvar, Periyalvar & Andal) Thiruvadamathurai/Mathura, Dwaraka
(Thirumangai Alwar, Poikai Alwar, Peiyalvar & Thirumazhisai Alwar) Thiruvekka
(Thirumangai Alwar, Thirumazhisai Alwar, Periyalvar & Nammalvar) Thiruppernagar/Koyiladi, Thirukkurungudi,
(Thirumangai Alwar, Bhoothathalvar, Peiyalvar & Thirumazhisai Alwar) Thiruppadagam
(Thirumangai Alwar, Periyalvar, Andal, Kulazhekara Alwar, Nammalvar) Thirukkannapuram
(Thirumangai Alwar, Periyalvar, Kulazhekara Alawar, Nammalvar, Thondaradipodi Alwar) Ayodhya
(Thirumangai Alwar, Thirumazhisai Alwar, Bhoothathalvar, Periyalvar, Peiyalvar) Thirukoshtiyur
(Thirumangai Alwar, Periyalvar, Andal, Bhoothathalvar, Peiyalvar, Nammalvar) Thirumalirumcholai
(Thirumangai Alwar, Periyalvar, Andal, Boothathalvar, Peiyalvar, Thirumazhisai Alwar, Nammalvar) Kumbakonam
(Thirumangai Alwar, Periyalvar, Andal, Peiyalvar, Bhoothathalvar, Poikai Alwar, Nammalvar, Kulazhekara Alwar, Thiruppana Alwar, Thirumazhisai Alwar) Thirumalai/Thiruvengadam, Thirupparkadal
(Thirumangai Alwar, Peialvar, Periyalvar, Andal, Bhoothathalvar, Poikai Alwar, Thirumazhisai Alwar, Thiruppana Alwar, Nammalvar, Kulazhekara Alwar, Thondaradipodi Alwar) Thiruvarangam/Srirangam
Jai Sriman Narayana !!