Eroticism in Bhakti: Understanding Andal’s Nachiyar Thirumozhi

Andal, the only female Alvar, is known for her two compositions – Thiruppavai and Nachiyar Thirumozhi.

While the central theme of Thiruppavai is devotion, her composition Nachiyar Thirumozhi brims with erotic passion for the divine. This kind of Madhurya Bhakti is rather unique to the Indian Bhakti tradition and the Alvars are believed to have pioneered literature based on Viraha Bhakti.

How do we understand Andal’s love?

This video attempts to explore what her expressions of desire and longing for her divine lover mean and what inspired her to compose these poems of love!

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