Back from Bangalore..ooops, ,Bengalooru with a cold...Will write about my Bangy trip later....
Now, the holy month of Maarkazhi started on 16.12.2005...an important month for vaishnavites.
This month would be marked by early morning recitals from the holy verses of Thirupaavai, written by Shri Aandal.
And this month is supposedly ideal for young girls to pray to get a good husband. The girls would go in the early morning around 5A.M to temple and anoint Lord Ganesha, incarnated under the tree in the temple, with water and perform a small puja, lighting the lamp.
Then 30 stanzas of Thirupaavai would be sung in front of Lord Vishnu and the Nachiyaar, followed by other bhajans.
I used to perform this puja till I came to 2nd year in college. We shifted our house then, and somehow I let go off the tradition, too bad.
Anyway my mom performs this puja at home for me and my sis till date.
Of all the Bhajans, I absolutely love Vaaranamayiram, the sixth of Shri Aandal's 14 Thirumozhigal.
It has 10 stanzas, which are absolutely lovely and romantic, every stanza would end with the phrase "Kanaa Kanden Thozhi naan", which roughly translates to "Thus I dreamt, my dear friend", I feel the beauty of the hymn is not carried when translated. These are verses of how Shri Aandal dreamt of marrying the Lord.
The first stanza is,
Varanam Ayiram suzha valam seidu
Naranan nambi nadakkinran enredir
Purana porkudam vaittup puram engum
Toranam nattak kanak kanden tozhi naan
"Oh my dear sakhi! I had this wonderful dream; I saw Naranan (Sri Ranganathan), surrounded by thousands of elephants, going around Sri Villiputtur. My father, periyazhvar, and the citizens of the village are ready to extend a grand welcome to Him with purna kumbhams placed on their heads. The whole village is decorated with toranams (streamers) to mark the festive occasion."
I found the translation and the hymn from this website
I plan to cover up all the 10 hymns in this month....
P.S.:I always wonder why is it that our tradition insists only the gals to pray for a "good" spouse,when it is equally important for guys too, if not more important....
My last year maarkazhi post is here
BTW, KD never gave a treat.