Introduction of Andal Goda Devi
Dwanipuram, otherwise known as Sri Villiputhur, is a village near
Madurai in South India. Some time back there lived in that village
a Brahmin belonging to the' Peyyar' family. He had a son named Bhattananda.
He was very dear to hi') parents and was brought up with much affection.
Like Prahlada, Bhattananda was also a Vishnu Bhaktha from childhood.
When Bhattananda grew up an adult, he reared a beautiful flower
garden. He used to pluck flowers from the garden, make garlands
out of them and adorn Lord Krishna daily. He derived much pleasure
in doing so. Since he was much attached to Lord Krishna, he was
popularly known as 'Vishnuchitta'.
One day Bhattananda was working in his garden.
He was mending the water channals to allow free flow of water for
all plants. While doing so he noticed a box like thing being embedded
in the in the ground. He dug the same out and to his surprise found
a baby girl inside. This reminded him of Janaka finding Janaki while
ploughing the field. It was really a God's gift. Bhattananda kissed
the child fondly and brought her up affectionately. She was named
Like Vishnuchitta, Gada devi also was a devotee
of Lord Krishna. Even as a child, she used to build temples of sand,
put a doll of Krishna inside it and pray. She sang songs on Lord
Krishna and danced before the picture in devotion of the Lord.
Vishnuchitta appreciated his daughter's Bhakthi
towards Lord Krishna. He taught her verses, slokas and songs on
Goda's attachment to Krishna grew more and more
that made her feel that Krishna was her husband and his company
gave her the greatest pleasure. She used to forget the world in
His service. Assuming the Lord Krishna to be present before her,
she used to converse with Him, sing and dance.
Vishnuchitta wrote many songs in praise of Lord
Krishna in Tamil. He was given the title "Peri Alwar"
on account of those renderings. Alwars assume themselves to be gopikas
and Sri Krishna their husband and sing songs in praise of Him and
feel also as if they were conversing with Him and having Hi. pleasurable
Gada devi also like her father became a great
scholar in Tamil. She wrote I Tiruppavai " I Nachiyar Tirumozhi'
and earned a name as an unparaHellcd devotee of Lord Krishna.
One day Gada devi wore on her neck, the flower
garland prepared by her father for the Lord and standing before
a mirror admired her beauty and supposed herself to the fittest
woman to he Lord Krishna's wife. She was very much enjoying that
thought. Meanwhile Vishnuchitta came there. He was surprised to
see his daughter wearing the garland meant for the Lord. He could
not bear that sight. He however told her that she had committed
a great crime in doing so. Gada devi did not open her mouth. She