Andal is one of the most extraordinary personalities in religious history.
She is known in her tongue of Tamil as an Alvar, one who is "immersed"
in the depths of enjoyment of God, the omnipresent mysterious One.
Tradition reckons 12 Alvars, of which Andal is the only female. SRI
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In South Indian states Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala,
vaishnavaite sect of people celebrate the Andal, is recited by all devotees.
The Tiruppavai, also spelt as Thiruppavai, is a collection of thirty
paasurams or stanzas written and compiled by Andal. All the pasurams are
written in Tamil praising Lord Tirumal or Vishnu or Perumal. Goda Devi
Kalyanam is the major event celebrated during Dhanurmasam in Tirumala
Worship of Lord Vishnu during the morning hours in Dhanurmasa is
considered highly auspicious. There is a belief that worshipping Lord
Vishnu on a single day during Dhanurmasam is equal to worshipping him
for thousands of years. Vishnu Sahasranama is chanted during the period.
Other important mantras chanted are those dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi
and Thiruppavai the most popular offering made to Lord Vishnu in the
month is Rice added with Moong dal.
The `Suprabhatham,' which is synonymous with the temple of Lord
Venkateswara all over the world, would be replaced during the
Dhanurmasam with an equally sacred compendium of verses—
`Tiruppavai' composed in Tamil by Goda Devi (Andal), celestial daughter of
Periyalwar (Vishnu Chiththa). This has been the practice from time
immemorial in the Venkateswara temple and in other Vishnu temples as
well as a mark of reverence to Goda Devi.