Sri:
Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama:
Srimath Anantharya Mahagurave Nama:
Srimath Varavaramunaye Nama:

We can say Thiruvaymozhi is Tamil Veda. But Sanskrit Vedas has Anga’s (component parts) and Upanga’s (secondary parts).


The four Vedas (Rk, Yajur, Saama and Atharvana), have six angas – namely, Seeksha (pronunciation) , Vyakarana (grammar), Nirukta (etymology), Chandas (meters), Kalpam (rituals) and Jyotisham (timings for rituals).
Additionally, they have eight Upangas, such as Meemamsa, Nyaya, Purana, Dharma Shastra, etc. So, there is a total of 14 Anga Upangas for Vedas.

Do the Tamil Vedas have anything like that?

Acharya Hrudhayam 43:
“vEda chatushTaya anga upAngangaL padhinAlum pOlE, innUlukkum irunthamizh nURpulavar panuval ARum maRRai eNmar nanmAlaigaLum.”

Nammazhvar has also written four divya prabandhams – Thiruviruththam, Thiruvasiriyam, Periya Thiruvandadhi and Thiruvaymozhi.
Thirumangai Azhvar’s six works are considered the Anga’s for Nammazhvar’s works – namely, Periya Thirumozhi, Thirukkurunthandagam, Thirunedunthandagam, Thiruvezhukootrirukkai, Siriya Thirumadal and Periya Thirumadal.
The works of the other eight Azhvars are considered as the eight Upanga’s.
Thus, like the Sanskrit Vedas, there are 14 Anga Upanga’s for Nammazhvar’s Tamil Vedas.

Nammazhvar’s works and Thirumangai Azhvar’s work mirror each other in that they both speak of svarupa virodhi, love for Perumal, focus on Archavataram, joy in being together and suffering in separation, anyApadesam, sending messengers, anukAram, maDals, speaking as the mother, the friend and the daughter, fearing indriyas, Arththi, etc.

The works of the other Azhvars follow these concepts while adding to and strengthening the same.

Azhvar Thiruvadigale Sharanam
Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Nayanar Thiruvadigale Sharanam

Azhvar Prabandha Vailakshanyam 8

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