Sri Andal, One of the twelve Alwars and the only female saintess, lived in the first half of 8th century A.D. Andal was born at Srivilliputhur near Madurai, in the Tamil month Adi, with the brith-star Pooram. Andal imagined herself as a cow-girl at the time of Sri Krishna, collecting all girls at Ayarpadi at dawn during the Margali month, day after day performing the rituals on the banks of the river Yamuna and bathing the Deity. ABOUT TIRUPPAVAI : The procedure of awakening her mates and proceeding to the river-bed, with Bhajan and to bath the Deity, is the topic of Tiruppavai. Tiruppavai teaches us to feel emotion while praying to the Lord. It enables us to perceive the Prakriti, Paramatma and Jeevas merging with each other by Para Bhakthi.