நமனும்முற் கலனும் பேச நரகில்நின் றார்கள் கேட்க
நரகமே சுவர்க்க மாகும் நாமங்க ளுடைய நம்பி
அவனதூ ரரங்க மென்னாது அயர்த்துவீழ்ந் தளிய மாந்தர்
கவலையுள் படுகின் றாரென் றதனுக்கே கவல்கின் றேனே.
Sri Thondaradippodi Azhwar
The inmates of Hell overheard the words exchanged by Yama and Mudgala, and immediately hell became Heaven, -- such is the power of your name, O Lord. Learned men fail and falter, forget that you reside in Arangam, and fall into deep worries. That worries me immensely.
In a glowing tribute to the glory of the Lord's holy names, Sri Thondaradippodi Azhwar recounts the episode of a conversation between Mudgala and Yamadharma Raja. Mudgala was an extremely wicked person, guilty of innumerable acts of sin. Quite unusually for him, he gifted a cow one day, accompanying it with the words, "Let this be for Krishna" ("KrishNAya nama:").. When he died and reached Yamaloka, Yamadharmaraja himself received him with all honour and acclaim. When the surprised Mudgala sought the reason for the unusual reception, Yama told him that the single word "Krishna" uttered by Mudgala during the "Godhanam" earlier, had rid him of all evil.
The beneficial effects of the single utterance of the Krishna Nama did not stop with Mudgala. Those in Naraka who listened to the conversation between Yama and Mudgala, and, in the process, to the Krishna Nama, were instantly absolved of their sins. What is more, the entire hell was immediately transformed into heaven.
Such indeed is the efficacy of the holy name of the Lord, which is capable of benefiting even those who utter or listen to it, by sheer accident, without any instinct of devotion or adulation. Azhwar's pasuram is in turn based on the Sri Vishnu Dharmam, where the episode is narrated in detail.