Periyazhwar occupies a special place among Azhwars as he became the father-inlaw of Sri Ranganatha when his daughter Andal married Him. His avathara took place in Srivilliputhur on Swathi Nakshatram of Tamil Aani month. He is believed to be the amsa of Garutman. This great azhwar born as the son of mukunda bhattar and padmavalli was named Vishnuchittar by his parents. Right from his childhood days he was devoted on sriman narayana. He choose the kainkaryam of plucking flower’s in the morning and weaving an excellent garland out of it. He used to prepare garlands of various types for the lord take them to the temple and enjoy the scene of the lord wearing the garlands.He used to get immense satisfaction and happiness from singing songs in praise of the lord.Vallabhadevan a great Vishnubhakta was the ruler of Madurai during Periyazhwar’s time He wanted to know the inner meaning of vedas and supreme truth.
One night the lord appeared in Periyazhwar’s dream and asked him to make a presentation to the king. Periyazhwar came to Vallabhadeva's court,and stood before the king closed his eyes and began his presentation.The lord came and sat on his tongue,and out flowed a glorious presentation-the statement of the supreme truth.He concluded by saying that Sriman Narayana was the supreme Being.
he bag of gold coins fell before periyazhwar.There was joy all around. Sri Periyazwar was taken along the streets of Madurai on a Elephant as a special honour.As he was going along the lord appeared in the sky on the garuda vahanam with mahalakshmi to bless periyazwar. Fearing for the safety of the lord Sri Periyazwar composed the THIRUPALLANDU