'Tiruppavai' composed by Andal is a very beautiful collection of poems. She prays to Lord
Krishna in a variety of ways and calls her fellow devotees to worship.
The Bhagavatha is one of the famous religious books of India. The story of Shri Krishna's
childhood is narrated in it; and it contains other stories about Him and His devotees. In
one of the stories of the Bhagavatha some girls pray to Durga- katyayinidevi 'May we get
good husbands and may we live happily after marriage' - this is their prayer. Andal has
of this story.But inTiruppavai the devotee's prayer is different. She prays that God may
become her husband. 'May I win Lord Krishna's love!' prays Andal. She prays, 'May Lord
Krishna rise from his bed; my heart is His throne; and may He always shine on the throne
of my heart! People who worship Shri Krishna believe that He is an incarnation of God.
Shri Krishna was Devaki's son. Thinking that Kamsa would kill Krishna,Krishna's father
Vasudeva took the baby to Nandagokula and left himthere. Yashoda brought him up in
Nanda-gokula. Devaki, who gave birth to Krishna, and Yashoda, who brought him up, were
both human beings.Recollecting this Andal prays to Krishna: 'we have come to you. Only you
can fulfill our desires. We shall happily sing of the boundless joy you bestowed on us.'
In one of the songs Andal wakes up a friend with these words: 'Birds are flying. Did you
not hear the sound of the conch in the temple? All hermits are praising Shri Krishna, who
pretending to suck milk killed the Rakshasi (the demon) Pootani. All the sages are praying
to Lord Hari (Krishna). So wake up.'
poem,Andal says to her friends: 'in the garden behind your house,theflower known as
sougandhika has opened its lips. The lotus has closed its lips. The sun has risen. The
sanyasis are going to worship God. So wake up. Let us also sing the praise of God.'
Andal prays to God thus: 'it is our desire to worship you in
the early morning and offer our services at your feet.You are a protector of cows;accept
our lovingservice ; we shall be your servants in every birth.' Tiruppavai attracted all
that followed the path of devotion.
Shri Ramanujacharya appreciated it very much. He approved the
path of Andal and
followed it.He called her the Ideal Woman. Today the Tiruppavai of Andal is an immensely
popular collection of songs.