Koorathalwar Thirunakshatram

Today is the Thirunakshatram of Swami Koorathalwar, a disciple who gave his very eyes for his Acharya Sri Ramanuja. This year marks the 999th year of Swami Koorathalwar. The next year, 2010 marks the 1000th year of Swami and there are many plans to celebrate it very grandly in various Sri Vaishnava temples and more importantly in Kooram, Swami’s birth place. We will soon have a post on the celebrations planned so you can participate and help in whatever way you can.

Swami Koorathalwar

Swami Koorathalwar was born as Kuresan in the small town of Kooram {near Kaanchipuram}. He hailed from a well-off family, but lead a life of simplicity & charity. Kuresan had a gem of a person in his wife, Sri Andalamma. Eveyday he fed the poor & needy in his home. During this time Kuresan became a disciple of Swami Ramanuja in Kanchipuram. They developed a very close relationship and had great regard for each other. But soon Sri Ramanuja decided that he has to move to Sri Rangam to further spread Sri Vaishnavam and left Kanchipuram.

Koorathalwar & his wife continued their daily life of charity and feeding the poor. One such day, as they closed the doors of their home after the daily alms, the sound was so loud that it was heard in by Lord Vardaraja & his divine consort Perundevi Thayar in Kanchipuram. Thayar queried the Lord as to the cause of the gong reverberating through the night air. The Lord turned to his chief priest, Kanchipurna or Thirukachi Nambhi who answered that it was Sri Koorathalwar closing his doors after the daily alms. The Lord and Perundevi-piratti, very pleased to know of Kuresa and his piety and charity, commanded that Kuresan be brought to their Presence. Swami Thirukachi Nambhi hastened to Kura to bring Koorathalwar.

At Kura, when Koorathalwar came to know from Thirukachi Nambhigal the purpose of his visit, he became extremely indignant with himself. “What?! Did the clanging of my doorway disturb the Lord and His Consort in Kanchi?! What a conceited wretch am I that I should let my charity be announced thus to the whole world! What a vain sinner am I!”. The very instant Koorathalwar decided that he had to renounce all his wealth and surrender to his Acharya, Sri Ramanuja at Sri Rangam. Koorathalwar left for Sri Rangam with his wife Andalamma and became a disciple of Sri Ramanuja.

UPDATE – Swami Koorathazhvan 1000th Thirunkashatra Celebrations – Click to Read about Swami’s Thirunakshatra Celebrations and about the Committee organising the Utsavams to donate & help.

More about Swami Koorathawar’s life can be read here – www.saranagathi.org/acharyas/kuresar/life.htm


8 thoughts on “Koorathalwar Thirunakshatram

  1. One correction: The name should be Kooraththazhvan
    and not Kooraththazhvar. The latter is the name
    of the father of the former.


    • Thank you once again for correcting me swami. I thought Kooraththazhvar was a more respected way of telling Koorathazhvan. Please do correct me whenever you find any mistakes.


    • Swami Koorathazhvan Thirunakshatram is organised by a committee named “Sri Swami,
      Koorathazhwan 1000th year Mahotsava Committee”. Honorary Patrons of the Committee include Sri.U.Ve.Parasara Azhagiyasinga Bhattar swamy, Velukkudi Sri.U.Ve.Krishnan swamy, Sri.U.Ve.Akkaarakkani T.A.Srinidhi swamy, Sri.U.Ve.K.B.Devarajan swamy and many similar prominent figures. The committee can be reached in the following address

      Sri Koorathazhwan 1000th year Mahotsava Committee,
      9/37, Rathinakudil Apartments,
      TP Kovil St,
      Triplicane, Chennai – 5.
      Ph – 044 28441110 | azhwan1000@gmail.com

      You can read one of our blog posts for more info on Swami Koorathazhvan 1000th year Celebrations.

  2. Kooratalwar seems to have moved to Kanchi from Thirunagoor, one of the 108 divya desams. There is a small icon of Kooratalwar in Thiruvali temple, described as Chellapillai!

  3. Please correct if am wrong. The history i learnt goes like this. “Perundevi Thayar asks Varadaraja Perumal what is the bell sound. The bell sound is actually from Sri Koorathazhwar’s door. Perumal tells thayar that it is from Koorathazhwar’s house who is richer than us. This was conveyed to Koorathazhwar the next day and immediately he gave off all his wealth and reached Ramanuja Swamy”.

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