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Anyone can have desires but these should be diverted to obtain safeguards from the threats he faces every second and reach the Divine Kingdom. This apostle, Thirumangai Azhwar, the last of the 12 canonised Vaishnavite saints, had the unique distinction of having visited more than 80 holy places dotted all over the country and sung praising the deities therein in his six Prabandhams wherein he has poured out his Divine emotions. Curiously while he eagerly awaited the early Divine Call, the Lord kept him in the world so that he continued the task of spreading devotion among people, reforming and guiding them.
This rhapsodist was a skilled poet having composed hymns in four styles. The rich legacy of religious literature in Tamil (1253 verses) forms part of the collection of all the Azhwars known as Nalayira Divya Prabandham, said Sri M.A. Venkatakrishnan in a discourse. Two of his six works are in the nature of epistle with threats to "expose" the Lord's "acts" while He was amidst human beings during His incarnations. The Azhwar and the Saivite saint, Thirugnanasambandhar, once met at Sirkazhi and at the instance of the latter he rendered on the spot a poem adoring the local deity "Thadaalan" admiring which the latter presented his trident to him.
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