Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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Nammāḻvār

  • Suganya Anandakichenin
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_177-1

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Definition

Nammāḻvār (literally, ‘our Āḻvār’) is one of the twelve Āḻvārs, Tamil Vaiṣṇava saint-poets, who lived between the sixth and ninth centuries. He is the author of Tiruvāymoḻi, revered as the Tamil Vedas by the Śrīvaiṣṇavas, as well as Tiruviruttam, Tiruvāciriyam, and Periya Tiruvantāti, which are all part of the Śrīvaiṣṇava canon, the Nālāyirativviyappirapantam (Table 1).
Table 1

Nammāḻvār’s works and the number of verses

Name of the work

Number of verses

Tiruviruttam

100

Tiruvāciriyam

7

Periya Tiruvantāti

87

Tiruvāymoḻi

1102

Total

1296

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Netamil ProjectÉcole française d’Extrême-OrientPondicherryIndia