The first three azhwars viz., Poigai Azhwar, Boothathazhwar and Peyaazhwar belonged to the same period. All of them were visiting different temples singing the praise of the Lord. The Lord decided that they meet each other. The three of them were in Thirukovilur and had visited the temple during the day. Dusk fell and it was raining heavily. Poigai Ahzwar reached a house nearby and requested for shelter. He was offered a room to rest. Next Boothathazhwar came to the same house and asked for shelter. He was informed that there was space for one person to lie down and two persons to sit and was asked to stay in the same room as Poigai Azhwar. It was so dark that the Azhwars could not see each other. A little later, Peyaazhwar came in and the house owner said the three people will have space to stand and allowed him inside. As the three of them were standing together and discussing about the darshan of Trivikraman they had had earlier, they could feel a fourth person between them.
வையம் தகளியா வார்கடலே நெய்யாக
வெய்ய கதிரோன் விளக்காக செய்ய
சுடராழி யானடிக்கே சூட்டினேன் சொன்மாலை
இடராழி நீக்குகவே என்று
“With this world as lamp, the ocean as ghee, the sun as fire, I light this lamp and sing this garland of verses in HIS praise.”
அன்பே தகளியா ஆர்வமே நெய்யாக
இன்புருகு சிந்தை இடுதிரியா நன்புருகி
ஞான சுடர்விளக்கு ஏற்றினேன் நாரணற்கு
ஞான தமிழ்புரிந்த நான்
“With love as lamp, passion as ghee, my intelligence as wick, I light this gnana lamp (lamp of wisdom) for Narayanan and dedicate myself to the service of the Lord by singing HIS praise.”
திருக்கண்டேன் பொன்மேனி கண்டேன் திகழும்
அருக்கன் அணிநிறமும் கண்டேன் செருக்கிளரும்
பொன்னாழி கண்டேன் புரிசங்கம் கைக்கண்டேன்
என்னாழி வண்ணன்பால் இன்று
Peyaazhwar describes the Lord as he sees him in the light of the lamps lit by Poigai Azhwar and Boothathazhwar.
“I see the golden form of the Lord along with Mahalakshmi , the magnificent Lord is here in the colour of the blue sea, with the sangu (conch) in one hand and chakra (discus) in the other."
Thus the Lord made the three azhwars meet , gave darshan to them and made them sing the first three thiruvandhadhis.