This is an immensely popular devotional treatise of Andal, the incarnation of Bhoodevi and the daughter of Perialwar, one of the twelve Alwars of the Vaishnavite cult.
Written in simple Tamil, Tiruppavai provides an inexhaustible goldmine of sentiments, blending mundane with the divine.
In Her thirty hymns (pasurams) dedicated to Lord Krishna, Andal has sung soul stirring poems of exquisite beauty. Named Godha initially she was later referred to as Andal „one who ruled‟ and Aazhndaal „one immersed in Krishna guna anubhava.‟
Tiruppavai rendition and recitation during the tamil month of Margazhi is a revered tradition. Each hymn is a store house of several meanings, which may be apparent (Bahya artha), inner esoteric (Svaapadesa) and supreme meaning (Para artha).
Tiruppavai is hailed as being the seed for the Vedas –"vedam anaithukkum vithu", symbolizing the profundity of spiritual and philosophical content of the work.
The hymns of Tiruppavai provide a lot of ethical and spiritual values and creative in their content.
Tiruppavai has been commented on extensively by innumerable scholars in a number of languages over the centuries. In the same tradition we have Sri. Srinidhi Parthasarathi who gives discourses on Tiruppavai in Kannada, Tamil and English. These discourses are usually held during the month of Margali/ Dhanur Masa (December-January).