An important Prabhandam
'Peria Thirumozhi' is said to be a comprehensive compendium of SriVaishnava cult andculture blended harmoniously with the extolment of the supreme Lord in his Archamanifestation. His experiences, the excellence of the Lord through the AshtaksharaMantra are dealt from divergent facets.Peria Thirumozhi consists of 1084 Pasurams divided into 11 decads. Fifty five Pasuramsare devoted to the Lord of Thiruvengada hills. The three Tirumozhis 8, 9, 10 consisting of hymns each and the first Thirumozhi of II decad of 10 Pattus. The preceding Tirumozhi isabout Tirumangai Alwar's visit to Sholingar. Proceeding from there, Thirumangai Alwar reaches the cool and enchanting glades of Thiruvengadam hills. His outlet in the form of verse depicts the thrilling scenes he witnessed on his way to see the Lord residing on thecrest of the venerated hills of Thiruvenkadam. Alwar catches a glimpse of the majesticand magnificent dark lined hill of Venkadam even at a distance. This vision renders animpressive effect on Alwar. Naturally his wonder and excitement make him burst into poems expressing his emotions, views and concepts. The welled up joy makes him comecloser to the revered Abode of Lord Venkatesa. Each hymn of the eight decad concludeswith a refrain in the way of encouraging his soul to reach Thiruvengadam.
"Oh Mind! Reach Thiruvengadam" (
Tiruvengadam atai nenjame
). The desire of thelonging soul is expressed here. In the opening song of the eighth decad, Alwar tries to sethimself at ease on the beautiful hills of Vengadam. He then speaks of the scenario of thesacred hills of Venkadam. Here the red fishes frisk freely in the perennial cascades of water. After breaking the Kurunthai trees as the Lord of cowherds, He slumbers with hisLotus eyes closed on the Milky ocean. He alone tore asunder the mighty beak of thedemon Bakasura.The second song reveals the vyuha aspect of the Lord relaxing as an infant on the banyanleaf and also his vibhava manifestation as Lord Krishna. Even as a child he suckled todeath the demoness Puthana. His dazzling colours of resplendent white, ash grey and brilliant black were adored by sages and seers. This mischievous divine child Krishna isvisualised as the Lord of Thiruvenkadam in the subsequent stanzas too. Walking acrossthe Marudha trees he made them fall down. He lifted the huge Govardhana hill and protected the cows and cowherds from the wrath of Indra. This divinity holding thediscus (Sudarsanam) has Lotus - like feet worshipped by the Heavenly being. He hassettled down on Thiruvengadam hills about which Alwar's mind always longs to go.Waging war on behalf of the Pandava princes his omnipotence was victory. He becomesentrhoned in the hearts of the Ayarpadi Gopis, of his true devotees sporting chiefly indance. The Lord of Thiruvengadam dwells on the hills of Vengadam which abounds inrich powers enriched with water. As dwarfish brahmachari he begged Maha Bali, the kingof Asuras for three feet of land. As Rama his single arrow pierced through seven trees at asingle stroke. He rescued the elephant-God Gajendra from the powerful grip of the