Kulasekara Alwar (Tamil
:குலசேகர ஆழ்வார்)(800- 820 AD) also known as Kulashekhara Alwar
was an Tamil
King who from his hyms is Kongar Kon
or king of Kongu Nadu
and his mountains were the Kolli Hills
He is also one of the famous Hindu Alvar
saints of the Vaishnavite movement of South India who composed the Perumal thirumozhi
, one of the most celebrated devotional works of the Tamil Bhakti
cult. In this work he calls himself ruler of kolli (a mountain in Namakkal dt.), the master of Kudal (Madurai), the ruler of Kozhi (Uraiyur near Trichy) and the overlord of Kongu (Salem- Coimbatore region).
He is also considered the author of the beautiful devotional lyric in Sanskrit, the Mukundamala
. His poems are devotional in nature, being dedicated to the most prominent Avatars
). The great Advaita philosopher Sankaracharya
is a younger contemporary of Kulshekhara Alwar. Kulasekhara Alwar is said to have married a Pandya Kings' daughter. Kulasekhara was supported by the Tamil Clans Villavar, Malayar, Vanavar and Pazhuvettaraiyar.
It is believed that he renounced the crown to become a sanyasi
and lived in Srirangam
to serve the deity of Ranganatha
. He is revered as the 9th of the alvars
(one of 12 mendicant saints venerated by South Indian Sri Vaishnavism
) and composed bhakti songs filled with yearning towards God called......