Dhanurmasam : Tiruppavai – Pasuram 9

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In the eighth paasuram , Andal and Gopis awakened a Gopi, who is like a Muktha Jeevan. In the ninth paasuram of the day, they awaken one, who is like a nithya mukthar (Jananyacharyar).

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Tiruppavai 09 #watercolour #krishnafortoday The Acharyas are the key to the path to realisation. They’re the gems who take us closer to Krishnanubhava: (As Lord of Lakshmi, Madhava, as the miraculous saviour, Mahamaya and as Vishnu, in Vaikuntha)


ThoomaNi maadaththu


thoomaNi maadaththuc cuRRum viLakkeriyath *

thoopam kamazhath thuyilaNaimEl kaN vaLarum *

maamaan magaLE! maNik kadhavam thaaL thiRavaay *

maameer! avaLai ezhuppeerO * un magaL thaan

oomaiyO? anRic cevidO? anandhalO? *

Emap perunthuyil mandhirap pattaaLO? *

maamaayan maadhavan vaikundhan enRenRu *

naamam palavum navinRElOr embaavaay.


Must read Dhanurmasam : Tiruppavai – Pasuram 1



The cowherd women folk practising the Srivratham  (Paavai Nonbhu) awaken another maiden , who has self  complacency in her earnest devotion to the Lord).  Oh the daughter of our uncle! You are taking rest and sleeping on the soft bed, while the lamps are lit all round the dazzling hall (with inlaid gem stones ) of your mansion filled with aroma of the incense . Please (get up) and open the lever-lock of the shining doors (with inlaid gems ) of your chambers. (As the inside of the chambers is apparent, these gopis could see within the enclosure and so call the aunt, the mistreess of the house). Dear Aunt ! Could you please awaken your daughter? Is She dumb or deaf or exhausted and tired out? Or has She been cursed with long spell of sleep? (may be , that is the reason for her sleeping without responding to us). To awaken her from this hypnotic sleep , (let us) recite as remedy , the numerous names of the Lord as ” God of the Supreme magical power  ( Mahamayan), the Lord of Goddess MahA Lakshmi  ( Maadhavan) and Vaikuntan ( the Lord of Sri Vaikuntam).

Word for Word meaning

thoo maNi          –    wonderfully ornamented

maadaththu         –    hall

cuRRum viLakku eriya  –  with lamps burning all around


thoopam (thoomam)  –    incense

kamazha           –     wafting

thuyil aNai mEl     –   on your sleeping bed

kaN vaLarum        –    asleep (lit. your eyes asleep)


maamaan magaLE  –       O daughter of our uncle!

maNi               –    jewelled

kadhavam      –         door’s

thaaL            –      latches

thiRavaay         –     open!


maameer         –       Dear Aunty!

avaLai ezhuppeerO   –     please wake her up


un magaL thaan  –      your daughter, indeed

oomaiyO?      –         has she been struck dumb (speechless)?

anRi              –     or,

cevidO?           –     is she deaf?

anandhalO?        –     is she exhausted (and therefore unable to get up)?


Ema                  –  curse

perun^ thuyil    –      long sleep

mandira           –     spell (Sanskrit: mantra)

pattaaLO?      –        has she been placed under


maa               –    great

maayan         –        magician (Maayan is a Tamil word for Vishnu)

maadhavan  –        a name of Vishnu meaning consort of Lakshmi

vaikundhan            –  Lord of Vaikuntha, the supreme place where the liberated live

enRu enRu           –    saying


naamam palavum       –   many names

navinRu    –           we recite (to ward off her spell of sleep and wake her up)


must read Significance of Dhanurmasam – A Month of Devotion


Listen Tiruppavai : PAsuram 9 by Chinna Jeeyar SWamy


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