she listened to the story of Lord Krishna in Mathura she felt enraptured at the love of
the Gopi" for Lord Krishna. The purest love and devotion ever shown to God by human
beings is that of the Gopis shown towards Lord Krishna. Mightily'did Andal enjoy these
stories of love and devotion of the Gopis and she wanted to have such experiences for
herself. The stories of the Gopis moved her so much that she herself felt the very pangs
of separation of the Gopis at the absence of Krishna. She has given expression to these
feelings in the 30 lyrical stanzas known as Tiruppavai.
Nothing is superior to it in Tamil literature, in
respect of poetic conception, simplicity of language and the philosophy underlying the
work. As she listened with rapt attention to the names of the Lord, she was held captive
by the grace and glories of Ranganatha, and decided that she would wed no other being
thanRanganatha himself. Vishnu Chitta, in utter perplexity at the determination of his
daughter to marry Lord Ranganatha, dropped into sleep Ranloanatha came in the dream of
Vishnu Chitta and pro-posed himself for his daughter's hand and heart.