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Thevaram 2020

Thevaram

Thevarams are devotional hymns sung in praise of Shiva by the 3 Nayanmars: Sambandar, Thirunavukkarasar and Sundarar. Rendered in an ancient musical style that precedes most Indian classical music systems, these songs give us an insight into the wave of bhakti that swept across southern India during the 7th Century.

The Thevaram album is a collection of 6 hymns rendered in a unique style by the Isha Samskriti students, and is a humble effort to offer a fragment of this rich and glorious cultural treasure to the world.

Invocation

(An Introduction to Thevaram)

Sadhguru speaks about the essence of bhakti, the celebrated Nayanmars, and many more forgotten sages and saints, who shone amongst the millions that have walked this land. He speaks about how it is possible for every one of us to access such states of abandon and ecstasy. His words are preceded by an invocation that is traditionally chanted before singing any Thevaram.

1) Thillai Vazh Andhanar

This is a Thiruthondar thogai (a sacred list) or an ode to the devotees of Shiva, and the Dikshitars at Thillai Nataraja Temple. Sundarar is credited with first having spoken about Nayanmars in this Thevaram, based upon which an entire epic was later written by Sekkizhar about the life of Nayanmars – The Periyapuranam. In this Thevaram, Sundarar praises all the 63 Nayanmars in his unique way, and bows down to these devotees of Shiva.

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Thillai vaazh andhanartham adiyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to the devotees of the Thillai Temple, who lived in a state of complete offering

Thiru neela kandathu kuyavanaark adiyen

I bow down to Thiru Neelakanta Nayanar, who held even the name of Shiva above everything

Illaiye ennadha iyarpagaikum adiyen

I bow down to Iyarpahai Nayanar, who in his devotion, was willing to do what any man could or could not do

Ilaiyaandran kudimaran adiyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to Ilaiyankudi Maran Nayanar and his devotees, for unwavering devotion even in adversity

Velluma migavalla meypporuluk kadiyen

I bow down to Meiporul Nayanar, who held even a symbol of Shiva above his life

Viripozhilsoozh kunraiyaar viran mindarkadiyen

I bow down to Viralminda Nayanar of Kunrai, who held the sense of devotion above the deity Himself

Allimen mullaiyandhaar amarneedhikadiyen

I bow down to Amarneedi Nayanar, who exuded beauty through the garlands he wore

Aaruran aaruril ammanukkaale

I, a devotee of lord Aarurar, bow down to each one of them in utmost humility

 

Ilaimalindha velnambi eripathark adiyen

I bow down to Eripatha Nayanar, who destroyed everything that came in the way of devotion

Enaadhi naadhan than adiyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to Yenathinathar Nayanar the valorous warrior and to his devotees,

Kalai malindha seernambi kannappark adiyen

I bow down to Kannappa Nayanar, who offered his own eyes to Shiva in child-like devotion

Kadavooril kalayanthan adiyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to Kalaya Nayanar and his devotees, who hail from the town of Kadavur

Malaimalindha tholvallal maanakkan chaaran

I bow down to Manakanchara Nayanar, who was kind at heart and had the strength of a mountain

Enjaadha vaataayan adiyaarkum adiyen

And to Arivattaya Nayanar and his devotees, one who was relentless in his offering to Shiva

Alaimalindha punalmangai aanayark adiyen

I bow down to Anaya Nayanar, whose music was a means to attain

Aaruran aaruril ammanukkaale

I, a devotee of lord Aarurar, bow down to each one of them in utmost humility

 

Mummaiyaal ulagaanda moorthikkum adiyen

I bow down to Murthi Nayanar, the master of Triads

Muruganukum uruthira pasupathikkum adiyen

I bow down to Muruga Nayanar and Rudra Pasupathi Nayanar

Semmaiye thirunaalai povaarkum adiyen

I bow down to Thiru Nalai Povar, whose intensity could move the Nandi

Thirukurippu thondartham adiyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to Thiru Kurippu Thonda Nayanar and to all his devotees, who dissolved through simple acts of service

Meymaye thirumeni vazhipada nirka

Vekundezhundha thaadhaithaal mazhuvinaal erindha

Ammaiyaan adichandi perumaanuk adiyen

I bow down to Chandeshvara Nayanar, an unparalleled devotee, whose devotion was fierce

Aaruran aaruril ammanukkaale

I, a devotee of lord Aarurar, bow down to each one of them in utmost humility

 

Thirunindra semmaiye semmaiya konda

Thirunaavu karaiyandran adiyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to Thirunavukkarasar, who lived a life of devoted servitude to Shiva’s sacred abodes.

Perunambi kulachiraithan adiyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to Kulachirai the able administrator with a keen insight and intellect and to his devotees.

Perumizhalai kurumbarkum peyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to Perumizhalai Kurumban, an ardent devotee of Sundarar, and Peyaar, and who Shiva held as His own mother.

Orunambi appudhi adiyaarkkum adiyen

I bow down to the Apputhi and his devotees, who held service to his Guru above everything.

Olipunalsuzh saathamangai neelanakkark adiyen

I bow down to Neelanakka Nayanar, from the town of Saattamankai

Arunambi naminandhi adiyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to Naminanti Nayanar, known for his unabated devotion

Aaruran aaruril ammanukaale

I, a devotee of lord Aarurar, bow down to each one of them in utmost humility

 

Vambaraa varivandu manam naara malarum

Madhumalarnar kondraiyaan adiyalaar penaa

Embiraan sambandhan adiyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to Thiru Gnana Sambandar

Who laid the path for many to find liberation.

Eyarkon kalikaaman adiyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to Kalikkaman, the saint king of ëyar

who held the service of devotees above everything else

Nambiraan thirumoolan adiyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to Thirumoola Nayanar

who was a Siddhar and an accomplished Mystic

Naattamigu thandikkum moorkarkum adiyen

I bow down to Dandi, the Nayanar whose wisdom was profound,

and to Murkha Nayanar who went out of his way to serve fellow devotees

Ambaraan somaasi maaranukkum adiyen

I bow down to Somasi Maran, the saint who was free from prejudice

Aaruran aaruril ammanukkaale

I, a devotee of lord Aarurar, bow down to each one of them in utmost humility

 

Vaarkonda vanamulaiyaal umaipangan kazhale

Maravaadhu kalerindha saakkiyarkum adiyen

I bow down to Sakkiya Nayanar, who showed how it is not the action, but the devotion behind it that can liberate

Seerkonda pugazhvallal sirapulikum adiyen

I bow down to Sirappuli Nayanar, who attained simply by whole-hearted servitude

Chengaattam kudimeya siruthondark adiyen

I bow down to Siruthonda Nayanar, who was willing to relinquish his own to serve a devotee

Kaarkonda kodaikazharitrarivaarkum adiyen

I bow down to Cheraman Perumal Nayanar, who was as generous as dark rain cloud

Kadarkaazhi gananaadhan adiyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to Gananatha who hailed from sirkazhi and to all his devotees.

Aarkonda verkootran kalandhaikon adiyen

I bow down to Kootruva Nayanar, the valorous chief of Kalanthai and to his devotees

Aaruran aaruril ammanukaale

I, a devotee of lord Aarurar, bow down to each one of them in utmost humility

 

Poiyadimai illaadha pulavarkkum adiyen

I bow down all the Nayanmars,

whose devotion was devoid of illusion.

Pozhirkaruvoor thunjiya pugazhchozhark adiyen

I bow down to Pugal Chola,

Who cleansed himself of all sin

Meyadiyaan narasinga munai araiyark adiyen

I bow down to Narasinga Muniyaraiyar Nayanar,

Who saw all devotees as manifestations of Shiva himself

Virithiraisoozh kadalnaagai adhipathark adiyen

I bow down to Adipaththar Nayanar, the humble fisherman,

Who showed that simple unflinching devotion can lead to liberation

Kaithadindha varisilaiyān kalikamban kaliyan

I bow down to Kalikamba Nayanar, whose service to devotees was unbiased

kazharchathi varinjayarkon adiyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to Kaliya Nayanar who forgot himself in his devotion and to Satti Nayanar and his devotees,

Aiyadigal kaadavarkon adiyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to Aiyadigal Kadavarkon,

a king who renounced everything and embraced the divine

Aaruran aaruril ammaanukaale

I, a devotee of lord Aarurar, bow down to each one of them in utmost humility

 

Karaikandan kazhaladiye kaappukondirundha

ganampulla nambikum kaarikkum adiyen

I bow down to Kanampulla Nayanar and to Kari Nayanar, the accomplished poet from Thirukadavur

Niraikonda sindhaiyaan nelveli vendra

Nindraseer nedumaaran adiyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to Ninraseer, the King who dedicated his life to spread devotion

Thuraikonda sempavalam irulagatrum jodhi

Thonmayilai vaayilaan adiyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to Vayilar and his devotees, who attained through the subtle act of silence

Araikonda velnambi munaiyaduvaarkadiyen

I bow down to Munaiyaduvar, the soldier who was devoted to taking care of the needy

Aaruran aaruril ammanukaale

I, a devotee of lord Aarurar, bow down to each one of them in utmost humility

 

Kadalsoozhndha ulagellam kaakinra perumaan

Kaadavarkon kazharchingan adiyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to Kalarsinga, the king for whom worship of Shiva was paramount, and to his devotees

Madalsoozhnda thaar nambi idangazhikum tanjai

I bow down to Idangazhi Nayanar, adorned by a beautiful garland

Mannavanaam seruthunaithan adiyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to Seruthunai the ruler of Thanjai, and to his devotees,

Pudaisoozhntha puliyathalmel aravaada aadi

Ponadikke manam vaitha pugazh thunaikkum adiyen

I bow down to Pugazh Thunai, who was in service of Shiva, night and day

Adal soozhntha velnambi kotpulikum adiyen

I bow down to Kotpuli, a warrior saint, for whom the wellbeing of devotees was above that of his own kith and kin

Aaruran aaruril ammaanukaale

I, a devotee of lord Aarurar, bow down to each one of them in utmost humility

 

Bhaktharaay panivaargal ellaarkkum adiyen

I bow down to each and every devotee of Shiva

Paramanaiye paaduvaar adiyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to anyone who sings and dances in His devotion

Sithathai Sivanpaale vaithaarkum adiyen

I bow down to anyone whose focus is single-pointed on the path of the divine

Thiruvarur piranthaargal ellaarkkum adiyen

I bow down to anyone born in this sacred land

Muppothum thirumeni theenduvaark adiyen

I bow down to anyone who lives his life as a complete offering

Muzhuneeru poosiya munivarkum adiyen

I also bow down to the sages smeared with the sacred ash – Vibhuti

Appalum adisaarndha adiyaarkum adiyen

I bow down to all the devotees of Shiva

before and after my time

Aaruran aaruril ammanukaale

I, a devotee of lord Aarurar, bow down to each one of them in utmost humility

 

Manniyaseer marainaavan ninravurpoosal

I bow down to Poosalar, whose inner temple found recognition

Varivalaiyaal maanikkam nesanukkum adiyen

I bow down to Mangayarkkarasiyar, the Queen

and to Nesa Nayanar, the weaver

Thennavanai ulagaanda senganaark adiyen

I bow down Kochengat Nayanar, the Chola king who spread devotion by building temples

Thiruneela kandathu paananark adiyen

I bow down to Thiru Nilakanta, whose music opened the doors to the divine

Enavanam aranadiye adainthitta sadaiyan

Isai gnyani kaadalan thirunaavalurkon

I bow down to Sadaiyan Nayanar and Isaignaniyaar

Annavanaam aruran adimaiketuvappar

Aarooril ammanuk anbaraa vaare

One who imbibes the devotion of Nayanmars

Will be embraced by the Divine!

2) Manthiram Avadhu Neeru

Madurai was ruled by a king called Koon (Hunchback) Pandiyan in the 7th century CE. He was stricken by an illness that no medicine at the time could cure. Sambandar cured him of it, and his hunchback, by the use of sacred ash or Thiruneer, whilst singing the song “Manthiram Avadhu Neeru”.

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Manthiram aavadhu neeru vaanavar meladhu neeru

Carrying miraculous qualities,

It has graced even the celestial beings!

Sundaram aavadhu neeru thuthikka paduvadhu neeru

A beholder of beauty in its very nature,

It is revered for being beyond holy!

Tanthiram aavadu neeru samayathil ulladhu neeru

A receptacle of divine energy,

It is a boon for a spiritual seeker!

Senthuvar vaai umai pangan thiru aalavaayaan thiru neere

Profound is the nature of this sacred ash,

Graced by the deity of Thiru Alavai.

 

Vedhathil ulladhu neeru venthuyar theerppadhu neeru

A form worthy of mention in the sacred texts,

It removes suffering of all kinds.

Bhodham tharuvadhu neeru punmai thavirpadhu neeru

Inducing profound wisdom,

It obliterates everything that binds!

Odha thaguvadhu neeru unmaiyil ulladhu neeru

A catalyst to learning,

It is a medium to the ultimate truth.

Seedha punal vayal soozhnda thiru aalavaayan thiru neere

Profound is the nature of this sacred ash,

Graced by the deity of Thiru Alavai.

 

Mukthi tharuvadhu neeru munivar anivadhu neeru

A tool instrumental towards liberation,

It is used by the great saints and sages.

Sathiyam aavadhu neeru thakkor pugazhvadhu neeru

A substance so true and pure,

It is praised by the devotees of the destroyer!

Bhakthi tharuvadhu neeru parava iniyadhu neeru

A doorway to the divine,

It leaves one in a state of blissfulness.

Sidhi tharuvadhu neeru thiru aalavaayaan thiru neere

Profound is the nature of this sacred ash,

That moves one towards higher accomplishments.

 

Kaana iniyadhu neeru kavinai tharuvadhu neeru

A pleasing experience to the senses,

It is subtle, yet sublime!

Peni anibavark ellam perumai kodupadhu neeru

A blessing to anyone who smears it

It establishes a sense of selfless pride.

Maanam thagaivadhu neeru mathiyai tharuvadhu neeru

Establishing a sense of completeness,

It enhances one’s perception.

Senan tharuvadhu neeru thiru aalavaayaan thiru neere

Profound is the nature of this sacred ash,

Which expels the fear of death!

 

Poosa iniyadhu neeru punniyamavadhu neeru

The most sacred of substances,

It is pleasing to the sense of touch.

Pesa iniyadhu neeru perun thavathorgalukellam

An embodiment of everything virtuous,

It is pleasing even to speak of!

Aasai keduppathu neeru anthamadhavadhu neeru

The destroyer of greed,

It leaves one in a state of bliss.

Desam pugazhvadhu neeru thiru aalavaayaan thiru neere

Profound is the nature of this sacred ash,

Which is praised across worlds!

 

Aruthama dhavadhu neeru avalam aruppadhu neeru

Bringing wellbeing and prosperity,

It destroys the root of suffering.

Varutham thanippadhu neeru vaanam alippadhu neeru

Removing all sense of regret,

It eliminates pain.

Poruthamadhavadhu neeru punniyar poosum ven neeru

To align oneself towards the right kind of action,

It is used by the seekers of truth.

Thiruthagu maaligai soozhndha thiru aalavaayaan thiru neere

Profound is the nature of this sacred ash,

that is smeared by the most virtuous!

 

eyiladhu attadhu neeru irumaikkum ulladhu neeru

By dissolving all fundamental illusion,

it takes you through this life and beyond

Payila paduvadhu neeru baakkiyamaavadhu neeru

An omen of good fortune,

Smearing it in itself is a spiritual practice!

Thuyilai thaduppadhu neeru sutthama dhavadhu neeru

By smoothing all friction and lethargy,

it cleanses and purifies.

Ayilai politharu soolathu aalavaayaan thiru neere

Profound is the nature of this sacred ash,

Graced by the deity of Thiru Alavai.

 

Raavanan meladhu neeru enna thaguvadhu neeru

Adorned by Ravana, the learned scholar,

It aids unbridled thought.

Paraavanam aavadhu neeru paavam aruppadhu neeru

Belonging to the ultimate nature,

It is a cleanser of all sins.

Tharaavanam aavadhu neeru thatthuva mavadhu neeru

An embodiment of the ultimate,

It is complete in itself.

Ara vanangum thirumeni aalavaayan thiru neere

Profound is the nature of this sacred ash,

Adorned by Shiva, whose perception is boundless!

 

Maalodu ayanariyadha vannamum ulladhu neeru

Functioning in ways beyond one’s perception,

It is at the very basis of existence.

Melurai thevargal thangal meyyadhu venpodi neeru

The celestial forms are comprised of this sacred ash

It is beyond the realms of this world!

Ela udampidar theerkkum inbam tharuvadhu neeru

To the life residing in this mortal body,

It helps transcend the cyclical nature.

Aalamadhu undamidatrem aalavaayan thiru neere

Such is the nature of this sacred ash,

That adorns Shiva!

 

Kundigai kaiyargalodu sakkiyar koottamum kooda

Shunning away anything that is not the truth

Kan thigaipippadhu neeru karudha iniyadhu neeru

It leads one into a state of meditativeness

Endisai patta porulaar yetthum thagaiyadhu neeru

Held as sacred across all worlds,

Andathavar panindhethum aalavaayan thiru neere

Profound is the nature of this sacred ash

Graced by the deity of Thiru Alavai.

 

Aattral adalvidai erum aalavaayan thiruneetrai

Pottri pugali nilavum poosuran Gnanasambandhan

Applying vibhuti, while reciting these verses sung by Thiru Gnana Sambandar

Thettri thennan udaluttra theeppini yayina theera

Saattriya paadalgal pathum vallavar nallavar dhaame

Is an act that has cured illnesses of kings!

Those who sing these verses, and are touched by this sacred ash, are truly blessed!

3) Pitha Pirai Soodi

Pitha Pirai Soodi was Sundarar's first poetic expression at the age of 16. It is said that Shiva came in disguise to Sundarar's wedding to remind him that he belongs to Shiva. With that reminder,Sundarar poured out his devotion through this song.

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Pittha pirai soodi perumane arulaala

The intoxication of the moon, falls short of your wild untamed ecstasy

I am overwhelmed by your compassion!

Etthan maravadhe ninaikkinren manatthunnai

Not a single breath passes, without you in my heart!

Vaitthaay pennai thenpaal vennai nallur aruturaiyul

As I see you by the banks of the mighty river Pennai,

dwelling in the Thiruvennainallur temple

Attha unakkaalaai ini allen enalaame

O Lord, How can I say I am not yours? I am blissfully enslaved to you!

 

Naayen pala naallum ninaippinri manathunnai

My ignorance has left me wandering for eons

in the rudimentary cycles of life

Peyai thirinthaithen peralaagaa arul petren

Yet you have brought this frivolous being, to the lap of your grace

Veyaar pennai thenpaal vennai nallur aruturaiyul

As I see you by the banks of the mighty river Pennai,

dwelling in your holy abode,

Aaya unakkaalaai ini allen enalaame

O Lord! How can I say I am not yours? I am blissfully enslaved to you!

 

Manne maravaadhe ninaikkinren manathunnai

Every moment that I behold you within, is invaluable to me

Ponne manidhaane vayiramme poruthundhi

I hold your presence within, like a precious diamond I could never lose

Minnaar pennai thenpaal vennai nallur aruturaiyul

As I see you in the sacred yard on the southern banks of river Pennai

Anne unakkaalaai ini allen enalaame’

O Lord, How can I say I am not yours? I am blissfully enslaved to you!

 

Mudiyen ini piraven perin mooven petram oordhi

Beyond age, beyond life, beyond the realm of death I ride!

Kodiyen pala poiyye urai penai kuri kol nee

Your compassion has blessed this incomplete piece of life

Chediyaar pennai thenpaal vennai nallur aruturaiyul

As I see you dwell by the exuberant flowing waters of the river

Adikel unakkaalaai ini allen enalaame

O Lord, How can I say I am not yours? I am blissfully enslaved to you!

 

Paadham panivaargal perum pandam adhu paniyaay

Not just to those that bow down and pray to you

Aadhan porulaanen arivillen arulaala

You have made yourself available even to an ignorant one like me!

Taadhaar pennai thenpaal vennai nallur aruturaiyul

I see you by the river… that nourishes and nurtures life

Aadhi unakkaalaai ini allen enalaame

O Lord, How can I say I am not yours? I am blissfully enslaved to you!

 

Thannaar madhi soodi thazhal polum thirumeni

The calm of the moon and the fire of the sun, are seamlessly contained within you

Ennar puramoondrum eri unna nagai seidhai

A mere glance from a being so powerful, has destroyed all discordance within me

Mannaar pennai thenpaal vennai nallur aruturaiyul

By the cleansing water of River Pennai, I see you in your abode

Anna unakkaalaai ini allen enalaame

O Lord, How can I say I am not yours? I am blissfully enslaved to you!

 

Oonaai uyiraanaai udalaanai ulagaanaai

You have become the flesh that sustains me, the life that throbs within

the body that gives me form, and the very world I live in!

Vaanaai nilanaanaai kadalaanaai malayaanaai

I see in you in the Vastness of the sky, in the sturdiness of the earth

in the magnanimity of oceans and in the strength of the mountains!

Thenaar pennai thenpaal vennai nallur aruturaiyul

By the river whose water is as sweet as honey, I see you dwell

Aanaai unakkaalaai ini allen enalaame

O Lord, How can I say I am not yours? I am blissfully enslaved to you!

 

Etraar puram moondrum eriunna silai thottaai

You have destroyed 3 qualities in me, the traps that held me down

Like you vanquished the triad cities of the enemies

Thetraadana soli thiriveno chekkar vaanneer

Stuck in my web of ignorance, I have failed to see your might

Yet you have been graceful enough… to show me the way

Etraai pennai thenpaal vennai nallur aruturaiyul

As you dwell in the holy temple of Thiruvennainallur

Aatraai unakkaalaai ini allen enalaame

O Lord, How can I say I am not yours? I am blissfully enslaved to you!

 

Mazhuvaal valan endhi marai odhi mangai pangaa

In perfect balance of the masculine and the feminine,

You have expounded invaluable wisdom

Thozhuvaar avar thuyaraayina theerthal una thozhile

For those who have sought you in devotion,

You have ensured transcendence

Sezhuvaar pennai thenpaal vennai nallur aruturaiyul

As I see the lush and rich river flowing by your abode

Azhaga unakkaalaai ini allen enalaame

O Lord, How can I say I am not yours? I am blissfully enslaved to you!

 

Kaarur punalaidhi karai kalli thirai kaiyaal

She brings us the black thunderous clouds

in the crevices of her gentle hands

Paarur pugazheidi thigazh panmaamani undhi

I am ever grateful to this glorious river

who has brought glory and riches to this land

Cheerur pennai thenpaal vennai nallur aruturaiyul

You dwell in the holy temple by the banks of river Pennai

Aarooran em perumarku aal allen enalaame

O Shiva! How can I say I am not yours? I am blissfully enslaved to you!

4) Thodudaiya Seviyan

It is said that at the age of three, Sambandar was taken to a temple, where Shiva and Parvati had appeared before him. After a while, the child’s father noticed drops of milk on his lips. it is said that he was fed the milk of wisdom by goddess Parvathi herself. When asked about it, the child broke into a song - Thodudaiya Seviyan.

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Thodudaiya seviyan vidaiyeriyor thooven mathisoodi

His earrings were alluring, He rode a mighty bull,

Crowned with the crescent moon, He came towards me

Kaadudaiya sudalai podi poosi yen ullangkavar kalvan

His body smeared with ashes from the cremation grounds,

He stole my heart, never to return it!

Aedudaiya malaraan munai naat paninthaetha arul seidha

The very source of creation, seeks His grace and blessing

Peedudaiya piramaapuram maeviya pemmaan ivan andre

The one who resides in the celebrated town of Piramapuram

Is indeed that Glorious Being!

Arul seidha pemmaan ivan andre

O He has showered His Grace on me!

He is indeed that Glorious Being!

 

Muttral aamai ila naagamodu yena mulai kombu avai poondu

He wore the sturdy shell of a tortoise, wielded a horn, and a cobra’s hood He adorned as a crown

Vatral vodu kalanaapali terndu enadhu ullam kavarkalvan

He walked blissfully in abandon, collecting alms in a skull

He stole my heart, never to return it!

Katral kettal udaiyaar periyaar kazhal kaiyaal tozhudu yetha

The wisest of saints and sages, have reverentially folded their hands

Bowing in respect for Him

Petram oorndha piramaapura meviya pemmaan ivan andre

The one who resides in this holy abode,

Is indeed that Glorious Being!

 

Neer parandha nimir punsadai melor nila venmathi soodi

The splendid flow of River Ganga and the shining white moon adorn His matted locks

Yer parandha ina velvalai chora en ullam kavar kalvan

In this longing to see more of Him, I have slipped away from my body

He has stolen my heart, never to return it!

Oor parandha ulagin mudhalaagiya oroor idhu venna

His grace upon the consecrated town, has made it eternal.

Per parandha piramaapuram meviya pemmaan ivan andre

The One who resides in this revered space

Is indeed that Glorious Being!

 

Vin magizhnda madhil eydadumandri vilangu thalaiyottil

He gracefully destroyed the three enemies within,

that are barriers to true liberation

Un magizhndu pali theriya vandhenadu ullam kavar kalvan

He blissfully walked in abandon, collecting alms in a skull

And stole my heart, never to return it!

Man magizhndha aravam malarkondrai malinda varai maarbil

The cobra that dwells in an anthill, and flowers freshly blooming that adorn His body

Pen magizhndha piramaapura meviya pemmaan ivan andre

Dwelling in this town, beloved to goddess Parvati

He is indeed that Glorious Being!

 

Orumai penmai udaiyan sadaiyan vidai yurum ivan enna

He lived in perfect balance of the masculine and feminine.

He weaved His hair into enchanting locks, and rode a mighty bull

Arumaiyaaga urai seyya amarndu enadu ullam kavarkalvan

He came to me in this Glorious form, only to bring out this musical poetry

He has stolen my heart, never to return it!

Karumai pettra kadal kolla midhandhadhor kaalam idhu venna

His Grace upon the celebrated town of Piramapuram has made it imperishable

Perumai pettra piramaapuram meviya pemmaan ivan andre

His presence has made Piramapuram the greatest of abodes

He is indeed that Glorious Being!

 

Marai kalandha oli paadalodu aadalaraagi mazhuvendhi

Dancing and singing in blissful abandon,

He was in a deep state of trance

Irai kalandha ina velvalai chora en ullam kavarkalvan

In this longing to see more of Him, I have slipped away from my body

He has stolen my heart, never to return it!

Karai kalandha kadiyaar pozhil needuyar solai kadhir sindha

He blessed the holy space of Piramapuram, expelling all darkness

Pirai kalandha piramaapuram meviya pemmaan ivan andre

Residing in Piramapuram, generously showered in moonlight

He is indeed that Glorious Being!

 

Sadai muyangu punalan analan eri veesi sadhirveidha

He held the calm water on His head and the rage of fire in His hands

Udai muyangum aravodu uzhithandhu enadhu ullam kavarkalvan

Entwining a vicious cobra around His neck,

He stole my heart, never to return it!

Kadal muyangu kazhi soozh kulir kaanalam ponnan chirakkannam

The backwaters were filled with swans dancing in joy as He made this His holy abode

Pedai muyangu piramaapuram meviya pemmaan ivan andre

Residing in the celebrated town of Piramapuram,

He is indeed that Glorious Being!

 

Viyarilanguvarai yundhiya tholgalai veeram vilaivittha

His strength and His valor are a match to no other

The mightiest of monsters surrendered unto Him

Uyirilangai araiyan vali setrenadu ullam kavar kalvan

Destroying all traits of pride and ego,

He has stolen my heart, never to return it!

Thuyar ilangum ulagil pala oozhigal thondrum pozhudhellam

His presence in this town has made it everlasting

Peyarilangu piramaapuram meviya pemman ivan andre

Residing in the esteemed town of Piramapuram,

He is indeed that Glorious Being!

 

Thaanudhal seythirai kaaniya maalodu thandaa maraiyaanum

He is the fulfiller of creation and its perpetuation.

He has no beginning and no end!

Neenudhal seithozhiyan nimirndhaan enadhu ullam kavar kalvan

He is the unborn, He is deathless.

He has stolen my heart, never to return it!

Vaanudhal sei magaleer mudhalaagiya vaiyatthavar yettha

Women and men from all over the world

Came to see this Glorious form.

Penudal sei piramaapuram meviya pemmaan ivan andre.

Residing in the celebrated town of Piramapuram,

He is indeed that Glorious Being!

 

Puttharodu poriyil samanum puram koora neri nilla

Blind to His glory, His bliss and His ecstasy, many have missed a precious gem

Otha cholla ulagam pali therndenadhu ullam kavar kalvan

Humbly strolling in intense abandon

He has stolen my heart, never to return it!

Mattha yaanai marukouuri porthadhor maayam idhu venna

He lived in utter ease, slaying the weight of bondage

He delved into the depths of life, untouched by entanglement

Pitthar polum piramaapura meviya pemmaan ivan andre

Living wildly in the vibrant town of Piramapuram

He is indeed a Glorious Being!

 

Aruneriya marai valla muniyagan poygai alar meya

These words are blessed by the Grace of my Lord

who is worshiped by the celestials

Peruneriya piramaapuram meviya pemman ivan thannai

Residing in the lauded town of Piramapuram

He is indeed a Glorious Being!

Oru neriya manam vaitthunar Gnanasambandan urai seidha

One who recites these verses by Thiru Gnana Sambandar

whose devotion to Shiva, is unwavering

Thiru neriya tamizh vallavar tholvinai theerdhal elidhaame

His path to liberation, by grace, will be eased,

And he will be a truly blessed being!

5) Vaananai Madhi Soodiya

Saint Thirunavakkarasar sang Vaananai Madhi Soodiya in praise of Lord Shiva's form in the Thiruvannamalai temple. One of the 5 elemental temples, Thiruvannamalai is a powerful consecration of the Fire element

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Vaananai madhi soodiya maindhanai

A being as magnanimous as the vastness of space

A being so radiant, only the crescent moon is a befitting ornament

Thenanai, Thiru Annamalaiyanai,

In a form as sweet as the purest of honey,

I see you in the temple of Thiruvannamalai

Enanai, igazhndhar puram moondreydha

Destroying everything that belittles life,

Aananai adiyen marandh uyvano?

O Shiva! What would my existence mean if I ever forget you?

Veeranai, vidam undanai

O valorous Lord! With the strength to contain the most vicious of poisons

Vinnavar-dheeranai, Thiru Annamalaiyanai,

The mightiest amongst celestial beings,

You graciously dwell in the abode of Thiruvannamalai

Ooranai, unaraar puram moondreydha

For those who experienced You,

You have destroyed the three qualities within, that are enemies of the Self

Like You valiantly vanquished the triad enemy cities

Aaranai,adiyen marandh uyvano

O Shiva! What would my existence mean if I ever forget you?

6) Madar Pirai Kanni Yanai

Despite his old age, Appar had a strong desire to see Kailash, to see Shiva. He started walking, but being over the age of 80, his legs soon gave away. Appar then crawled towards Kailash, and soon he had many bruises on his arms and legs, but still he went on. Shiva, impressed by his devotion, appeared and fulfilled his desire. This was when he sang “Madar Pirai Kanni Yanai”.

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Madar piraikkanni yaanai malaiyaan magalodum paadi

In praise of the glorious one, adorned by the crescent moon

In praise of the graceful daughter of the mighty Himalayas

I sang in joy as I walked towards their holy abode…

Pothodu neersuman dhethi puguvaravar pin puguven

I saw devotees bringing him offerings of flowers and water

I followed them quietly, offering everything that was me

Yaadhum suvadu padaamal aiyaaradaikinra podhu

Before I needed to take another step, He fulfilled my longing

His grace has brought me to His abode at Thiruvayur!

Kaadhan madappidiyodum kaliru varuvana kanden

Like a mighty elephant and his loving female companion

He showed me the divine in forms so beautiful, I could never have imagined!

Kanden avar thiru paadham kandariyaadhana kanden

I bow down in Devotion!

As I behold his divine feet with my eyes

An invaluable sight that I ever longed to see!

 

Valarmadhi kanniyinaanai Vaarkuzhalaalodum paadi

I sang of His brilliant crescent moon

I sang of her long beautiful hair

In my yearning and devotion, I sang!

Kalavu padadhadhor kaalam Kaanbaan kadaikanikindren

I dedicated every moment of my life,

to fulfill this longing to see Him!

Alavu padathadhor anbodu aiyar adaikindra podhu

He fulfilled my longing, His grace has brought me to Thiruvayur

And filled my eyes with overwhelming sights!

Ilamana nagu tazhuvi eru varuvana kanden

Through a Majestic bull and His loving cow

He showed me the divine, in forms so beautiful, I could never have imagined!

Kanden avar thiru paadham kandariyaadhana kanden

Oh this joy I cannot contain!

As I behold His divine feet with my eyes

An invaluable sight that I ever longed to see!

How did Thevaram originate?

Here is a short story about the Origins of Thevaram

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Thiru Gnana Sambandar

Have you heard of the 3 year old Nayanmar? Here is a story where he went to visit a Shiva temple with his parents. It is said he was fed by goddess Parvati herself…
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Sundaramurthy Nayanar

Find out what happened when Shiva interrupted the wedding of Sundaramurthy Nayanar disguised as an old man.
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Thirunavukkarasar

Appar or Thirunavukkarasar had an eventful life. Here is one incident where in his eighties, he went to Kailash in search of Shiva. This is the story of the song “Madar Pirai Kanni Yanai” from the album.

Story of Nayanmar

Devotion is at the very core of Tamil culture. Blessed by Beings who lived in beautiful states of bhakti, the Tamil land has a rich heritage of literary work that was an outpouring of deep spiritual experience...