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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 year…

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Narayana, Vasudha, “Āḻvārs”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 26 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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