Saturday, December 17, 2016

Nithyakalyana Perumal Temple, Thiruvidandai – Literary Mention

Nithyakalyana Perumal Temple, Thiruvidandai – Literary Mention
The Moolavar (immovable principal idol) is worshipped as Sri Akhilavalli Sametha Adi Varahaperumal or Jnaanappiran, the embodiment of all wisdom and knowledge. Thirumangai Alwar, the hierarchically junior most Alwar, is the only Alwar to have sung on this Lord Thirteen pasurams (Peria Thirumozhi - 2.7.1 to 10) glorifying his form and attributes. Saint Tirumangai Azhwar has lavishly praised Mother Lakshmi born in the milk ocean and occupying the handsome chest of Lord Nitya Kalyana Perumal gracing the devotees from this shrine. His Mangalasasanam hymn is the quintessence of not only the saint’s devotion to Lord and Mother but an exquisite poetic expression through the Tamil language. 
Only gifted scholars can render the verse in English or any language. Manavala Mamunigal also did Mangalasasanam here. Thiru Mangai Azhvaar in his Periya Thiru Mozhi verses refers to the 'daughter's' yearning for the Lord and how she has been having sleepless nights thinking of the handsome Lord all the time. And the fact she has been uttering only the Lord's name every time she speaks.
ஓதிலும் உன் பேர் அன்றி, மற்று ஓதாள்
உருகும், நின் திரு உரு நினைந்து
காதன்மை பெரிது, கையறவு உடையள்
கயல் நெடுங் கண் துயில் மறந்தாள்

பேதையேன் பேதை பிள்ளைமை பெரிது
தெள்ளியள் வள்ளி நுண் மருங்குல்
ஏதவர் முன்னா என் நினைந்து இருந்தாய்
இடவெந்தை எந்தை பிரானே
“My crooked deeds are chasing me relentlessly like a shadow and I am truly shaken. I, therefore, ran and sought refuge at the divine feet of the Lord at Thiruvidaventhai and, lo, these evil forces are fleeing away from me realizing that the Lord there is my Saviour, support and dear to me."
- Divya kavi Pillai Perumal Iyengar - 108 Tirupati Andaathi - ‘Thiruvidaventhai’.

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