was the first name Periyalvar gave to Andal. This Tamil word stands for 'a
string of flowers'.
In the golden quadrangle of Tirukkurungudi, Vanamamalai, Alvar Tirunagari and Srivilliputtur,
girl-children were commonly named 'mAlA-nAcciyAr'.
When the Tamil name was Sanskritised as 'gOdA', it yielded a rainbow of meanings. In Sanskrit,
the root 'gAuh' means, inter alia, the 'vEdam'; hence, 'gOdA' signifies one who gives of the 'vEdam'.
See the article: "Andal-Thoughts" by Koyil T. S. Sundara Rajan