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Story of Vishnuchitta – Father of Andal

Vishnuchitta was the foster father of poet – saint Andal. He is believed to be an incarnation of Garuda. He is also known as Periyalvar and lived at Srivilliputtur in Tamil Nadu.

Legend has it he was an ardent devotee of Vishnu and offered garlands made from fresh flower daily. He had no knowledge of Vedas. But it is said that Bhagvan Vishnu asked him to go the court of Pandiya King Vallbhadeva and participate in a Vedic competition. Vishnuchitta, the man who had no knowledge in Vedas, expounded the meaning of Vedas and stunned Vedic scholars.

After winning the competition, Vishnuchitta was taken around the city atop a elephant and here he had a vision of Bhagvan Vishnu and he composed the famous ‘Tiruppallandu’ hymn.

After this incident, Vishnuchitta became a great teacher of Vedas.

Today, Vishnuchitta is remembered as the foster father of saint – poetess Andal.

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