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40. adi vAnginEnO kongiRpirAttiyaip pOlE

Here, the phrase "adi vAngudhal" refers to requesting and receiving acharya padukas. Kongu Piratti's story is found in 6000padi Guru Parampara Prabhavam. Her original name is Sumathi and she belonged to a town called Kollaikkalam in Kongu desam. One time there was a great famine in the land. So, she and her husband left their town and moved to Srirangam. At Srirangam, she heard and saw the greatness of Swami Ramanuja and the quality of the people who were his disciples. She too desired to become his devotee and did so. At that time, she received the name Kongu Piratti (or Kongil Piratti) from Ramanuja.

After some time, the famine lifted from the land and she desired to return to her home town. At that time, she approached Ramanuja, seeked his blessings and also obtained his divine padukas for performing thiruvaradhanam.

Several years later, due to the distrubance of the Chola king, Ramanuja had to leave Srirangam and move to Thirunarayanapuram. On the way, he went through the town where Kongu Piratti was living. She proved to Ramanuja and his disciples that she had a connection to Ramanuja's divine feet by showing them his divine padukas and how she got them; then she hosted them at her place and made them happy.

Thirukkolur Ammal is asking "Did I have the fortune of receiving acharya padukas like Kongu Piratti did?"

Azhvar Emberumanar Jeeyar Thiruvadigale Sharanam

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