Peyalvar was one of the twelve Alvars and was a Hindu saint. He belonged to the Vaishnavite (worshiper of Vishnu) faith.
Peyalvar was born in Tirumayilai (Mylapore, now part of the city of Chennai in the seventh century CE. Vaishnavite traditions state that Peyalvar was found on a lily flower in the pond of the Adi Keshava Perumal Temple in Mylapore. They also believe that he was an incarnation of the sacred sword of Vishnu, Nandakam. Payalvar's 100 hymns in the Naalayira Divyap Prabhandham are the third 100 and start with the words Tiruk Kanden, Pon Meni Kanden ('I found the glorious, golden form of the Lord').
Tiruk Kanden Pon Meni Kanden- Thigazhum
Arukkan Ani Niramum Kanden-Seruk Kilarum
Pon Aazhi Kanden Puri Sangam Kai Kanden
En Aazhi Vannan Paal Inru.
"On witnessing the glorious vision in which the entire universe was the very body of Lord Narayana, the Alvar proceeds to describe all that he had seen."
Peyalvar's hymns are of the Anthathi style, in which the last word of the previous hymn is used as the first work in the next hymn.