From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Tiruvāymoli literally means ‘divine words of a holy sage’.

Significance of Tiruvāymoli[edit]

Tiruvāymoli is the famous work in chaste classical Tamil language of Nammālvār. It is the best and the longest among the Divyaprabandhams. It has 1102 pāśuras,[1] divided into ten sections.[2] Each of these has ten daśakas[3] plus an additional concluding verse.

Style of Tiruvāymoli[edit]

It is interesting to note that the pāśuras are in the ‘anta-ādi’ style. In this style the last word[4] of one verse becomes the first[5] of the next.

Content of Tiruvāymoli[edit]

The subject matter may briefly be summarized as follows:

  • Greatness of God
  • Several blessed qualities like compassion and protecting his devotees
  • Relationship between the jivātman (individual soul) and Paramātman[6]
  • Bhakti[7] and prapatti[8] as the primary means of attaining mokṣa[9]


  1. It means verses.
  2. It means centums.
  3. Daśakas means decades.
  4. Last means anta.
  5. First means ādi.
  6. Paramātman means God.
  7. Bhakti means devotion.
  8. Prapatti means self-surrender.
  9. It means liberation.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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