The Month of Margazhi is here, for simpler understanding it is the period approximately mid Dec to mid Jan. We may not be able to do many of the physical acts rituals? Here we go!. The most famous thing about Margazhi is Thiruppavai. Andal was discovered as a baby by her foster father Periazhwar in his garden at a town called Srivilliputhur in Tamilnadu India. Andal grew up with intense devotion to the Lord and was so fond of Lord Krishna that she pictured herself as one of the Gopikas and aspired to wed the Lord.
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The Month of Margazhi is here, for simpler understanding it is the period approximately mid Dec to mid Jan. We may not be able to do many of the physical acts rituals? Here we go!. The most famous thing about Margazhi is Thiruppavai. Andal was discovered as a baby by her foster father Periazhwar in his garden at a town called Srivilliputhur in Tamilnadu India.
Andal grew up with intense devotion to the Lord and was so fond of Lord Krishna that she pictured herself as one of the Gopikas and aspired to wed the Lord. Her father used to make a garland for the Lord everyday and take it to the temple and adorn the God.
But on that day the priest notices a strand of hair on the garland and refused to put it on the Lord saying this is not pure and that someone had already worn it. Periazhwar was totally crestfallen at this very inauspicious happening and came home dejected and scolded the child severely. Andal continues to celebrate her Lord and sing his praises in many a verse and does her penance to attain him.
The Thiruppavai is one such work in which her worship manifests. Let me take you through my simplistic, simplified sometimes trivialized explanation of how I understand the Thiruppavai.
Once you understand the framework it is that much easier to understand and appreciate the work and also slowly divine the inner meanings that emerge from the rich poetry in these verses. This section has five verses. Section 2 Verses 6 — 15 — Any good activity is enhanced when done together by a group of like minded good people.
Every project works with a good team right? Section 2 contains 10 verses. Each verse describing how Andal goes to the house of one of the girls, waking her up and imploring her to join the band. Each verse besides waking up the girl is rich in poetry describing the environment then, alluding to the Lord in His many forms and glory.
The next four verses gently wake up the Lord and his consort Nappinnai. Let me recall the verses in English for the benefit of those who cannot read Tamil, and then the simplified meaning of the verses and some comments. Let us join with the world in praising his glory, Girls.
Like in all the verses the Lord is referenced not just by name but by a number of lines of praise about His Form, lineage, beauty, valour, kindness and many virtues and also anecdotes from his victories and other illustrious events. All ye who live in this world! Listen, to our plan. We will sing the praise of the feet of the Lord who is sleeping gently on the serpent in the middle of the wide ocean.
We will wake up early and bathe, we will not adorn ourselves with kajal and flowers, we will not eat Ghee and milk, we will not do inappropriate deeds, will not speak evil and and harmful words, we will do charity and righteous deeds.
Think noble thoughts and work to attain salvation and unification with the Lord. The reference to not eating and not adorning is an advice to change the focus from the self and enjoyment of worldly pleasures to increasing the focus intensely on God and godly matters. When intensity of one activity increases the intensity and time on other activities automatically decreases. Conversely when we make the choice to eschew some activities, we automatically create the time and inclination for other activities.
As you are into the second day of Margazhi it is a good time to introduce a nice little verse that can be recited every day before you recite the Thiruppavai. This is a beautiful verse that can be recited everyday before reciting the Thiruppavai and sings the praise of Sri Andal the author of Thiruppavai. Singing the praise of the good Lord who rose and measured the worlds. Andal cited the measures of prosperity in these terms in the days that she lived. Will these measures mean prosperity now?
Shining bright like the Disc and the shattering cry of the conch. Like the stream of arrows that issue from the powerful bow of yours. Continuing the prayers that she commenced, Andal in this fourth verse, refers to the Lord as the master of all the rain that falls on this earth.
She picturises the Lord as going deep into the ocean, taking the water and rising high in the sky to deposit it in the magnificent black clouds to eventually precipitate into rain. The child who made his mother proud and was tied up with a rope. The way to worshipping the lord is described here in this fifth verse as follows — come with cleansed body and pure mind, offer fresh flowers to the Lord, sing verses and songs in praise of the Lord with your mouth and think deeply of the Lord in your mind.
And how do you think of the Lord — think of Him in his many forms, as the One who incarnated in Mathura, as the one who is the Lord of the Yamuna, as the scion of the cowherd community, as the One who made his mother proud, as the One who was bound by a rope as a naughty child.
And if you do so, all the sins that one had done unknowingly and our bad thoughts will be burnt away like cotton in a flame, therefore come my dear friends, let us worship and perform our Nonbu. Each verse is an attempt to awaken one of the girls and adopts a different reasoning and pleading.
The common theme however is citing the reason for waking up ie to worship the Lord, and the the Lord who is to be worshipped is referenced citing his many splendorous qualities and pertinent deeds He performed during his incarnations in this earth.
Like any scripture or any great literary work, the meanings inside the verses are far far greater than what they appear to be on first reading. The more we know and are involved in the subject, the more we understand it. For now I will stay with the simple meaning of these verses, We will revisit the deeper inner meanings later. While retaining this format for the beginners, we will open up a level 2 section in a couple of months as also other sections of this site.
Andal cites signs that indicate that the day has dawned, others — humans, animals and birds are up from their sleeps and therefore so should the girls.
In this verse Andal says the birds are up and setting out, the sound of the white conch from the nearby temple is heard, so it is really daybreak, so dear girl, please wake up. As you wake up may a similar godliness enter your mind to enable you to begin our worship. Sounds wake us up from sleep.
Andal asks the girl, can you not hear the sound of the birds that are chirping, conversing before the leave the company of each other in their nests and setting out on their own to search for their food? We think of you as our leader, but you are asleep, why are you not awake even as we sing the praise of the Lord Narayana as Kesava who vanquished the demon Kesi, Is the sound of our music lulling you to sleep instead of waking you up?
Please open the door! The lower horizon is brightening and the buffaloes are grazing the tender grass. When we sing and pray and get to Him, He is going to be so pleased that we sought him out instead of Him coming to us, that He will joyfully bless us and remove all our deficiencies. A nice bed, comfortable and a conducive environment make for good deep sleep. Oh blessed girl, who by virtue of her earlier worships is destined to unite with the Lord in heaven, please open the door, why are you not even responding with words to our call?
Have you been handed over the sleep of the demon Kumbakarna? Kumbakarna who was slain by Lord Rama, the embodiment of dharma who is adorned by tulsi mala, with fragrant hair, who is worshipped by us and is full of virtues. Oh sleepy slovenly girl, please wake up adorn yourself and come and open the door and join us in the Paavai Nonbu.
Sri Andal continuing her pursuit of waking up the girls to join her on the Margazhi Nonbu worship has enrolled 6 girls till now and is now on the door step of the 7 th girl.
The reference here is that when anything is in great abundance it pours forth, abundance of devotion for the Lord, pours forth as divine music. Oh girl, we are standing in your courtyard with the early morning winter dew drenching our heads, and singing the praise of the Lord who destroyed the King of Lanka, the Lord who is so dear to our hearts and you are not even responding!
Everyone can see us here and you are in such deep sleep, wake up girl and join us for the worship. In this verse the effort is to wake up a girl with beautiful eyes, the girl appears to be sleeping lost in the thoughts of Lord Krishna, indicating that the girls were all inherently deeply devoted to the Lord and had Him in their thoughts most times, only given to laziness and reluctance to get out of their sleep in the early morning.
The girls refer to the Lord as Krishna who tore up the jaws of the demon who took the form of a bird and as Rama who vanquished Ravana and destroyed his demon clan. This girl had promised that she would wake all others up, but she is now still sleeping. The red lotus and other flowers in the small pond in her backyard have blossomed, the ascetics with saffron robes and shining white teeth are on their way to the temple, Oh clever speaking girl, please wake up, let us sing the praise of the Lord who with the Conch and the Chakra in His hands has such Lotus like eyes and perform our worship.
We are at the halfway mark of the Thiruppavai and the end of part II, the effort in this verse is to wake up the 10 th the last on the list of girls that Sri Andal desires accompanies her to the worship. The girl here engages her callers in conversation as they call her a young parrot endearingly, she cribs unwilling to wake up, why are you crying out?
Have all others come? The girl accepts all that and the conversation continues with the girls pulling each others leg, but being firm in the request to join singing the praise of the Valiant Lord, who killed the demons and destroyed those who were his enemies.
With this the girls proceed to the Temple to see the Lord. Tomorrow ie on the 16 th day they will all reach the doorsteps of the Temple. Section III consist of three parts waking up the Lord, worshipping the Lord and singing his glory and finally the prayer and the summation. Sri Andal will set out to wake up the Lord and worship him. As is commonly believed — is it marriage with the Lord that she seeks?
No Andal like the rest of the true gopikas had united with the Lord long back in thought and mind completely, their devotion is so strong and sincere that they actually do not have to seek that as a boon from the Lord.
Andal saves the suspense of revealing what is it that she seeks from the Lord till the very end of the Thiruppavai. The Magical dark skinned Lord has made promises to us. We are pure and we come to sing the wake up song for Him. Please do not refuse entry for us, Please do open the door to enable us to obtain the grace of our Lord. Why is everybody sleeping in the Thiruppavai and why is there so much waking up? There appears to be a very strong inner meaning to this whole waking up business.
Is Andal subtly waking up the whole world not from physical sleep but from something else. Is the request not just to wake up to the day but to wake up to a new thought, habit and orientation?
Sri Andal is now attempting to wake up Nandagopan and mother Yashodha, singing their praise as the munificent giver or food and water and clothes to everyone, as my Lord, Ruler of many kings, please wake up. She also attempts to wake up Lord Krishna and his brother Balarama, praising the Lord as the one who rose up to the sky to measure the three worlds and one who is wearing a red golden anklet, please do not sleep, wake up! With your beautiful hands that are like red lotuses and with your bangles jingling come joyfully and open the door to make us all happy.
The Lord is in his sleeping chamber, on a majestic cot with legs made of Ivory and an ambience heightened by the tall lamps, resting on a soft mattress with beautiful Nappinnai bedecked with beautiful flowers in her tresses closely by His side and leaning on His broad chest. In the 20 th verse, the waking up effort continues, why is the Lord asleep? Why is Nappinnai too not awake? There is obviously more meaning to this whole business of waking up. And the devotee also does not want the Lord to wake up and wait for the devotees right?
May be next year in version 2.
Thiruppavai is the Hindu Spiritual Song which is sung by Andal also called as Nachiyar, who is fairly known as the best devotee of Lord Perumal. Thiruppavai contains of 30 Pasurams which is for 30 Days of the Month Margazhi. Here we have given you all 30 songs lyrics in Tamil with its meaning. Thiruppavai All 30 Songs in Mp3 Format. Thiruppavai Song 1 in Tamil with Meaning. Thiruppavai Song 2 in Tamil with Meaning. Thiruppavai Song 3 in Tamil with Meaning.
Thiruppavai 1 (Margazhi Thingal)
Margazhi Thingal is the first paasuram song of Thiruppavai written by Andal as part of a vow observed throughout the month of Margazhi. Oh beautifully ornamented girls NEr izhaiyeer! Those of us who want to go pOdhuveer take a bath in the holy river neeraada , let us go pOdhumeenO. The Lord naaraayaNan , who was the son kumaran of NandagOpan, who could give a lot of trouble kodun thozhilan to enemies using his sharp spear koor vEl ; who was the little lion iLam singam of the beautiful Eraarndha eyed kaNNi YasOda; who is dark kaar skinned mEni ; who has perfect sen eyes kaN ; and who has a face mugaththaan like pOl the radiance kadhir of the moon madhiyam ; will give tharuvaan us namakkE his blessings paRai.