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thoadudaiyasevi yanvidaiyae'riyoar thoove'nmathisoodik
kaadudaiyasuda laippodipoosiyen nu'l'langkavarka'lvan
aedudaiyamala raanmunai :naadpa'ni:n thaeththavaru'lseytha
peedudaiyapira maapuramaeviya pemmaanivanan'rae.
the Lord has an ear on which a lady`s ear-jewel is worn.
He rides on a bull.
having worn a spotlessly pure white crescent moon of a single phase.
He smeared himself with the ash in the cremation ground which has the nature of a forest.
the thief who has captivated my mind
this person is really the great one who resides gladly in Piramapuram possessing greatness, where the Lord bestowed his grace on Piramaá¹‰ who is seated in a (lotus) flower having petals, who bowed to him and worshiped him, in the distant past.
Notes: [[CÄ«kÄá¸»i has twelve name of which Piramapuram is one; as Piramaá¹‰ worshiped the Lord, with his consort, the goddess of learning it got the name of Piramapuram.]]
[[PiramÄpuram: the long letter is used to suit the metre.
The fact that Piramaá¹‰ worshiped the Lord in CÄ«kÄá¸»i is mentioned in other decades of ÑÄá¹‰acampantar;
Thodu – an ear stud usually worn by women. Since the consort of Siva resides permanently on the left side of His body, this side sports the thodu and the other ear sports the Kuzhai, the ear stud worn by men.
Brahma – The god of creation, subservient to Siva.
Piramapuram – one of the 12 names of the holy town Sirkazhi. So called because Brahma worshipped Siva here.
With studded ear and a pure silver moon-brooch,
Aboard a stud-taurus, adorned in charnel-ash
The Lifter of my heart, of yore graced the coralline lotus-ee
Who piously extolled Him of Brahmapuram,the Lord truly He.
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mu'r'ralaamaiyi'la :naakamoadaena mu'laikkompavaipoo'ndu
va'r'raloadukala naappalithaer:nthena thu'l'langkavarka'lvan
ka'r'ralkaeddaludai yaarperiyaarkazhal kaiyaal thozhuthaeththap
pe'r'ramoor:nthapira maapuramaeviya pemmaanivanan'rae.
having adorned himself with the mature shell of an aged tortoise, a young cobra and the horn of full growth of a pig.
the thief who captivated my mind, having collected alms in a bowl of skull from which the flesh has completely disappeared.
The great people who have learning and knowledge acquired by listening to words of wisdom worship with folded hands and praise him.
This person is the Lord who rides on a bull and gladly resides in PiramÄpuram
Laced in ancient chelonian, ever young krait and boar's budding tusk,
With skinned cranial bowl to beg,the stealer
of my heart graced the cogitant greats
That pray, praise and ponder on the kazhal-feet of Him
Upon the bull-on-the-move; the lord for sure is He.
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aerpara:nthavina ve'lva'laisoaraven nu'l'langkavarka'lvan
oorpara:nthavula kinmuthalaakiya voaroorithuvennap
paerpara:nthapira maapuramaeviya pemmaanivanan'rae.
having adorned a white crescent moon that gives light, on the golden matted locks of hair standing upright on which the water has spread.
the thief who captivated my mind, to make the group of white and beautiful bangles, to slip off my hand.
this person is truly the Lord residing gladly in PiramÄpuram which has a fame spread far and wide as a place which is like a seed in the world which has many holy places.
Ganga - Once the holy river was flowing in the heaven. Bhagiratha after great penance persuaded the Devas to direct the river to the earth. They feared that the force of the falling mighty stream would push the earth down to the netherworld. So they wanted someone to bear it and check its ferocity. Siva being the only one capable of doing it was requested and He agreed to do it. The entire waters got pent up in the matted hair of the Lord. On Bhagiratha’s request Siva released the river through one strand of his hair and Ganga began to flow quietly on the earth.
Bangles- Sambandar sings this verse as if he is a maiden in love with the Lord. According to Tamil tradition, when a woman is unable to bear the separation of her beloved, her hands thin out and the bangles slip down.
From upon the water-loggged sangune locks of His
An unary phase silver crescent tipped my chank rings to slip.
He the filcher of my frail heart is Lord in troth of Brahmapuram
Safe foremost from deluge that dunked the bulk of the world
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vi'nmakizh:nthamathi leythathuman'ri vi'langkuthalaiyoaddil
u'nmakizh:nthupali thaeriyava:nthena thu'l'langkavarka'lvan
ma'nmakizh:nthavara vammalarkkon'rai mali:nthavaraimaarpil
pe'nmakizh:nthapira maapuramaeviya pemmaanivanan'rae.
in addition to having discharged an arrow on the forts which delighted in flying in the sky.
[[The three forts were made of gold, silver and iron;
the thief who captivated my mind, by coming to me in order to collect alms with gladness to heart, in the bright skull.
in the chest comparable to the mountain where there are abundant koá¹‰á¹Ÿai flowers and cobras which live in ant-hills desirous of them.
This person is truly the Lord who resides gladly in PiramÄpuram and rejoices in having a lady (in the chest)
Ashed He the forts that darted rash in the sky; came He for Taking alms in a cranium pitchi-clean. He,the taker of my heart, Has a montane left for the adders off formicary,flower cassia, woman Uma To park in Brahmapuram whose sole Lord is He.
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orumaipe'nmaiyudai yansadaiyanvidai yoorummivanenna
arumaiyaakavurai seyyavamar:nthena thu'l'langkavarka'lvan
karumaipe'r'rakadal ko'l'lamitha:nthathor kaalammithuvennap
perumaipe'r'rapira maapuramaeviya pemmaanivanan'rae.
the Lord has a lady in the self-same form.
has matted locks of hair; has hairs plaited when my friends speak about him appreciatively that he rides on a bull.
The thief who captivated my mind through the means of their talk and sat in my mind making it his own place.
when the blue sea covered the earth at the end of the world.
The person is truly the Lord who resides gladly in PiramÄpuram which got the fame that it did not submerge but floated (on the water)
Owns He in one mien the feminine too and the locks and torsade natural; Rides He the stud-yak;- so lauded in dear words, stole He in As the thief of my heart. When the gloom of sea sank all earth in doom Of diluvial hour, up buoyed the fabulous ark-Brahmapuram whose lord is verily He.
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ma'raikala:nthavoli paadaloadaadala raakimazhuvae:nthi
i'raikala:nthavina ve'lva'laisoaraven nu'l'langkavarka'lvan
ka'raikala:nthakadi yaarpozhil:needuyar soalaikkathirsi:nthap
pi'raikala:nthapira maapuramaeviya pemmaanivanan'rae.
Dancing with singing Maá¹Ÿai which is in the form of sound [[as VÄ“tam was not committed to writing it were in the form of sound]]
holding a battle-axe.
the thief who captivated my mind to make the collection of white bangles worn on the forearm to slip off.
This person is truly the Lord who resides gladly in PiramÄpuram where that famous crescent moon scatters its light here and there in the very tall natural gardens and fragrant and dark flower gardens.
Chanter-Dancer of the secret Vedic sonics, tilting mazhu Allured me urgently, my silvery chanks fell from my arms Slim in the gloam gilt fragrant arbor bleak in the brooch Of crescent ray at Brahmapuram, whose Lord unique is He
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sadaimuyangkupuna lananalanneri veesissathirveytha
udaimuyangkumara voaduzhitha:nthena thu'l'langkavarka'lvan
kadanmuyangkukazhi soozhku'lirkaanalam ponnagnsi'rakannam
pedaimuyangkupira maapuramaeviya pemmaanivanan'rae.
the Lord has water (of Kaá¹…kai) on his matted locks of hair.
has a fire on his hand waving the fire in order to attain greatness and wandering along with the cobra tied round the dress on the waist.
the thief who captivated my mind.
in the cool sea-shore garden surrounded by the back-water combining with the sea.
the male swans which have beautiful feathers.
this person is truly the Lord who resides gladly in PiramÄpuram, where (the male swans) embrace their mates.
Ganga locked in locks, fires in arm, snake belting the hip-wear, Spouting flames, straying adance, came He the burglar of my heart To cool sea-kissed littoral inlets that prop the groves of nubile swan-pairs At Brahmapuram whose Lord is certainly He.
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viyarilangkuvarai yu:nthiyathoa'lka'lai veeramvi'laiviththa
uyarilangkaiyarai yanvalise'r'rena thu'l'langkavarka'lvan
thuyarilangkummula ki'rpalavoozhika'l thoan'rumpozhuthellaam
peyarilangkupira maapuramaeviya pemmaanivanan'rae.
Having destroyed the strength of the shoulders of the King of great Ilankai, who performed valorous deeds, which pushed out the expansive mountain (of KailÄcam) the thief who captivated my mind.
this person is truly the Lord who resides gladly in PiramÄpuram whose fame shines (for ever) every time when many universal deluges occur when all things are destroyed, appear in this world where sufferings outweigh happiness.
Translation: V.M.Subramanya Aiyar – Courtesy: French Institute of Pondichery / EFEO (2006)
The arrogance of Lankan King's doughty shoulders that rattled Kayilai Was quelled by the purloiner of my heart, who amid the woe Of this spinning world stayed for good at Brahmapuram, By several dissolutions never undone., whose lord indeed is He.
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thaa'nuthalseythi'rai kaa'niyamaalodu tha'ndaamaraiyaanum
:nee'nuthalseythozhi ya:n:nimir:nthaanena thu'l'langkavarka'lvan
vaa'nuthalseymaka 'leermuthalaakiya vaiyaththavaraeththap
pae'nuthalseypira maapuramaeviya pemmaanivanan'rae.
MÄl and the god who is seated in the cool lotus.
having as their objects feet and forehead to find out who was the chief between them MÄl going down a long distance as a pig and Piramaá¹‰ going a long distance in the sky as a swan the thief who captivated my mind.
this person is truly the Lord who resides in PiramÄpuram gladly, which was desired intensely to be worshiped by the people of this world beginning with the ladies with bright forehead.
There was a dispute between Maal (Vishnu) and Ayan (Brahma) as to who among them was superior. They went to Siva for adjudication. Siva gave them a test. He asked them to find His feet or crown. Whoever comes first would be the superior. Siva stood like huge column of fire, the top of which went beyond the skies and the bottom went beyond the netherworld. Maal became a pig and went on dredging the earth to find the feet of Siva. Ayan became a swan and flew up to see the crown. Both were exhausted but were not successful in their missions. They realized that Siva was superior to both of them. This anecdote is repeated by Sambandar in the ninth stanza of every decad.
Boar-Maal and swan-chill Lotus-ee probed in vain To ken the feet and crest of Him, the Hill unclimbed, The snatcher of my heart, like lurid templed charmer Of women and the world to serve,at Brahmapuram whose Lord alone is He.
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maththayaanaima'ru kavvuripoarththathoar maayammithuvennap
piththarpoalumpira maapuramaeviya pemmaanivanan'rae.
Buddhists and the unfortunate camaá¹‡ar to slander about Civaá¹‰ and to speak words of similar ideas and transgress all limits of decency.
the thief who captivated my mind having obtained alms.
this person is truly the Lord who resides gladly in PiramÄpuram, and is a like a mad man to be spoken derisively by people that the act of covering his body with the skin of a rutting elephant to make it bewildered .
A demon came in the form of an elephant to oppose Siva. He frightened the elephant, peeled its skin and covered Himself with it.
Buddhas, Samanas impious impish, on Saivam cavilled; Faulting the route of the greats, fared in errrant thoughts. Then He Roamed the world with alms-bowl, as the winner of my heart skinning The tusker must, took its hide for cover mad at Brahmapuram whose Lord certain is He.
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aru:ne'riyama'rai vallamuniyakan poykaiyalarmaeya
peru:ne'riyapira maapuramaeviya pemmaanivan'rannai
oru:ne'riyamanam vaiththu'nargnaanasam pa:nthannuraiseytha
thiru:ne'riyathamizh vallavartholvinai theerthale'lithaamae.
about this person who gladly resides in PiramÄpuram who can lead one in the path of obtaining eternal bliss, that PiramÄpuram which has a natural tank of lotus flowers deriving its name from Piramaá¹‰ who is well versed in the Maá¹Ÿai (VÄ“tam) which has laid down many difficult ways of reaching god.
the accumulated karmam in several previous birth of those who are able to recite the Tamiá¸» verses which show the beautiful path; which were composed by ÑÄá¹‰acampantaá¹‰ who realized god by fixing his mind and focusing his thoughts on him, will easily vanish.
Brahma-done Brahmapuram of lotus-laden pools proffer great Rare Vedic Guidance to the world, where Gnanasambandhan The first laid the holy way to Release in devout cordial verse of Tamizh For all to chant and chase old dross out with ease.