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The word “Āḻvārs” is traditionally derived from the Tamil root aḻ-, “to be deep,” and the title Āḻvār was given to 11 men and 1 woman who are said to have been immersed deep in the love of Viṣṇu. Though traditional dating in the Śrīvaiṣṇava community places them as having lived several thousand years ago, the 12 Āḻvārs, Poyka…

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Narayana, Vasudha, “Āḻvārs”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 02 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2018

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