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Thirumangai Alwar

 

 

Period : 8th century

 

Thirumangai Alwar Photo

Thirumangai Alwar Photo

Shri Thirumangai Alwar was born on Thursday, in the Kritika Nakshatra of full moon day of Kartika month in a town named Thirukuraiyaloor. His birth time is believed to be in the 8th century. He is one of the important twelve Azhwars who started the Vaishnav devotional movement. He is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu’s Sharang Dhanush (bow and arrow).

 

Thirumangai Alwar was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. His chief mode of entertainment was to visit all pilgrimage centres of India and worship Lord Vishnu. It will not be an exaggeration to say that there was no other poetic devotee like him. He was born with a discriminating intellect and was a truly gifted child.

 

During his pilgrimages, four men were influenced by him and became his disciple. The name of the first disciple was Tozhavaddakan, which means Tarkshiromani (debate expert). No one could defeat him in debating. Second disciple’s name was “Tuludhuvan”. He could open any lock without a key by just blowing at it. Third disciple’s name was “Nilalai Mithippan”. Whoever’s shadow he used to touch, that man used to become immobile. Fourth one’s name was “Neermel Naddapan”. He could walk both on land and water.

Thirumangai Alwar was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. His chief mode of entertainment was to visit all pilgrimage centres of India and worship Lord Vishnu. It will not be an exaggeration to say that there was no other poetic devotee like him. He was born with a discriminating intellect and was a truly gifted child.

Shri Ranganath Temple

Shri Ranganath Temple

After visiting various pilgrimages along with these four disciples when Shri Thiurmangai reached Shri Rangnath temple in Sri Rangam, he was very upset at seeing the condition of the temple. The temple was devasted and consisted of half broken materials. The pujari used to come once in the evening, offer flowers and go back immediately because of the danger of wild animals.  The area around the temple was a thick jungle. Thirumangai was very upset seeing this condition of Sri Rangnath. He decided that he would take donations from rich people and collects enough funds and built a magnificent temple of Sri Rangnath.

 

Thirumangai Alwar

Thirumangai Alwar

When Thirumangai went around for a donation to build the temple, people with money made fun of him, insulted him calling him a hypocrite, greedy and did not give him a single donation. Shri Thirumangai was very upset at this kind of attitude by the rich. They are not ready to give money for building the temple of that God by the grace of whom they had got all their money. Thirumangai got very angry with Sri Rangnath being neglected and he decided that the one who protects this world and takes the whole world in his refuge that God couldn’t be left in such a bad condition.  It was very necessary to built a huge temple for God. “It is not possible that our very own Rangnath lives in pain and these useless rich people live in luxury.”

When Thirumangai went around for a donation to build the temple, people with money made fun of him, insulted him calling him a hypocrite, greedy and did not give him a single donation. Shri Thirumangai was very upset at this kind of attitude by the rich.

Shri Rangnath Idol

Shri Rangnath Idol

He told his disciples, “From today, all the money of these cruel hearted, greedy rich people should be used for building the temple. These rich men are busy snatching morsels of food from other’s mouth and collecting money whereas the poor are living in great trouble. Come let’s take away their money and use it for building the temple and give jobs to poor people who will work to build the temple. This way the money will reach the poor and the temple will be built as well.”

 

All the disciples were ready to follow his orders. They said, “Even if we have to give away our lives to build the temple, we will not stay back because there is no meaning to this life if it is not useful to Sri Rangnath.”

 

Shri Thirumangai

Shri Thirumangai

Since that day, Shri Thirumangai along with his disciples started looting the rich and kept the collected money at a secret place. He got great help from the powers of his four disciples. “Tarkshiromani Shri Tolavaddakkan” used to keep the rich people busy with his debate and till then Thirumangai used to enter the house along with other disciples and loot money from inside the house. “Tuludhavan” used to open any door or lock by just blowing at it. If anyone tried to oppose him, Neelalai Mithippan used to touch his shadow and that person used to become stagnant at the same place where he is standing. Fourth disciple’s power also was of a great help. Even if the money was kept in a fort surrounded by water, Neermel Naddappan used to walk on water and go and get the money.

All the disciples were ready to follow his orders. They said, “Even if we have to give away our lives to build the temple, we will not stay back because there is no meaning to this life if it is not useful to Sri Rangnath.”

Thirumangai Alwar

Thirumangai Alwar

Many people wanted with all their heart that the temple of Sri Rangnath should be built. Of these, many had seen Thirumangai asking for donation and being insulted. They came by the side of Thirumangai and started helping him. Slowly and gradually Thirumangai had a group of 1,000 dedicated people with whom even the King’s army was getting scared. After sometime, Thirumangai got so much money collected that was enough to build a magnificent temple. He got the best of the workers and at one auspicious day got the construction of the temple started.

 

In the first two years, the main room where the idol is kept got ready with abundant material and with a round high gate and then the inner rooms were constructed and thus the building was complete. With continuous efforts of thousand workers the construction of the inner rooms was over and the construction work of outside rampart was started. This way after four years of continuous work, first rampart was completed, after six years, second, after eight years third one, ten years for the fourth one, twelve years for the fifth one and in eighteen years building of sixth rampart was completed. For this, lacs of workers had to continuously work hard.

Slowly and gradually Thirumangai had a group of 1,000 dedicated people with whom even the King’s army was getting scared. After sometime, Thirumangai got so much money collected that was enough to build a magnificent temple. He got the best of the workers and at one auspicious day got the construction of the temple started.

Shri Rangnatha Temple

Shri Rangnatha Temple

Seeing the magnificence of the temple, people realized about the devotion of Thirumangai. The one who dedicated his life for building a house for his God, one who sacrificed worship of all his life for looting dishonest people, one who could not bear the fact that his God is living in a broken house, who can be a greater devotee than him? Just as people came to know about Shri Thirumangai’s feelings, they came forward to help him according to one’s own capacity. Even the King personally came to Shri Thirumangai and gave donation.

 

Till yesterday, the rich ones who had humiliated him, even they came to him with donation and apologized to Shri Thirumangia saying that they did not understand his feelings. They also appreciated Thirumangai for stealing their money and using it for building the temple. By doing this, Thirumangai had done just one thing- he took the donation from them that they did not give. This way, everywhere there were talks about Shri Thirumangai’s devotion. Everyone started coming to the temple with donation. Now there was no shortage of money. After this, construction of seventh rampart was also completed. The temple with seven gates was ready. Thirumangai became emotional seeing the temple. Now his very own Sri Rangnath was secured. Daily pujari (priest) used to come and perform puja. Anyone who visited the temple was amazed to see its magnificence.

The temple with seven gates was ready. Thirumangai became emotional seeing the temple. Now his very own Sri Rangnath was secured. Daily pujari (priest) used to come and perform puja. Anyone who visited the temple was amazed to see its magnificence.

Sri Rangnath Temple

Sri Rangnath Temple

While building the temple, Thirumangai had become 80 years old. All four of his disciples were just one or two years younger to him. Thirumangai had spent every single penny that he received as donation for building the temple. After the temple was built he spent his time along with his disciples in serving Sri Rangnath.

 

He wrote six granths which has total 1,137 padas (poems in praise of god) for the love for god namely “Periya Thirumozhi, Thirukkurunthandagam, Thirunedunthadagam, Thiru vezhukootirukkai, Siriya Thirumadal and Periya Thirumadal.”

 

Thirumangai Alwar

Thirumangai Alwar

Even today, the temple of Sri Rangnath that he built is a symbol of total pride for religious people. This is a centre of faith for Vaishnavas. Anyone who visits this temple feels blessed.

 

 

 

 

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