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Dhanurmasam : Tiruppavai – Pasuram 5

The Vratham has begun. The Gopis were worried about completing it without any hindrance (vignam).One of the knowledgable Gopi pointed out that the Vignams will be banished , if the Vratham is performed with Bhagavan Naama Uccharanam (recitation of the name of the Lord). The Gopis therefore invoked the name of Naarayana , Kshirabhdhi Naatha, Vaamana, Thrivikrama , Dhamodhara and concluded that all those names are that of Krishna, who is Aapath Bandhava and anatha Rakshaka. In this fifth paasuram , the Gopis invoke the name of Dhamodhara and reflect in the subsequent paasurams on the Maaya’s (mysterious, wonderful  acts) of Krishna as celebrated by Swamy Nammazhwar.

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Tiruppavai 05 – Maya — Damodara – The light of the cowherds #watercolour #krishnafortoday


maayanai mannu vada madhurai maindhanaith *

thooya peru neer yamunaith thuRaivanai *

aayar kulaththinil thOnRum aNi viLakkaith *

thaayaik kudal viLakkam seydha dhaamOdharanaith *

thooyOmaay vandhu naam thoomalar thoovith thozhudhu *

vaayinaal paadi manaththinaal sindhikkap *

pOya pizhaiyum pugudharuvaan ninRanavum *

theeyinil thoosaagum ceppElOr embaavaay.

Dhanurmasam : Tiruppavai – Pasuram 1


All of our sins vanish like a blade of grass thrown into fire , when we sing in praise of Krishna and worship Him. Him–the mysterious Lord ; the young courageous Lord born at north Mathura , the One who sports in the pure waters of the great river , Yamuna ; the emerald-like shining Lamp that has risen from the race of cowherds; and the Lord Daamodhara (the One bound by the rope around the waist) who has brought high esteem to His mother Yasodha (literally, who illumined the mother’s womb)–Him let us approach with sincerity (purity–physical and mental); let us worship Him with fresh and fragrant flowers; let us pay our obesiance to Him; let us sing in praise of Him , by words of mouth; let us think of Him in our mind; if we do so  approaching   worshipping , obeying, singing and thinking of Him alone), our sins of past , present and future will vanish like straw put into fire. Therefore let us sing His glory.

 Word for Word meaning

maayanai          One of wondrous deeds; magician

mannu             associated with

vada madhurai     northern Mathura

maindhanai        prince (lit. son)

thooya            pure

peru              great, deep

neer              water(s)

yamunai           the river Yamuna

thuraivanai       one who has his abode on the banks

aayar kulaththinil

in the cowherd community

thOnRum           appeared

aNi               auspicious, sacred

viLakkai          light

thaayai           mother

kudal             womb

viLakkam seydha   polish, brighten

dhaamOdharanai    Damodara, the one who’s belly was tied with a string

(an epithet of Krishna)

thooyOm           pure

aay               becoming

vandhu            coming

naam              we

thoo              pure

malar             flowers

thoovi            offering (lit. sprinkling)

thozhudhu         worshipping

vaayinaal         with the mouth (verbally)

paadi             singing

manaththinaal     with the mind (mentally)

sindhikka         thinking

pOya              past

pizhaiyum         sins

pugutharuvaan     yet to come

ninRanavum        are

theeyinil         in fire

thoosu            cotton

aagum             will become

ceppu             (therefore let us) say (his names)


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