siRiya thirumadal – 29 – thArAr thadam

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thArAr thadam thOLgaL uLLaLavum kai nItti                       32
ArAdha veNNey vizhungi arugirundha

Word by Word Meanings

thAr Ar thada thOLgaL uL aLavum kai nItti – getting the divine huge shoulders, which are adorned with a garland, to go right down to the bottom of the pot
ArAdha veNNey vizhungi – eating butter, which does not satiate him (however much he eats)
arugu irundha – lying beside (the pot of butter)


thAr Ar thadam thOLgaL – due to the strong desire in butter, just as it is said in thiruvAimozhi 1-9-7thOLiNai mElum” ((thuLasi garland) on the two divine shoulders) he dropped his hands inside the pot of butter such that the garland on his shoulders were pressed against the pot. Didn’t nammAzhwAr too say in thiruvAimozhi 1-8-5vaigalum veNNey kaikalandhuNdAn” (he always ate butter by inserting his hand to the full extent that it would reach inside the vessel)!

uLLaLavum kai nItti – he extended his hand deep inside, since he thought childishly, that deeper that his hand goes, more will be the butter that he could grab and fuller would be his stomach. nanjIyar, disciple of parASara bhattar (son of kUraththAzhwAn), asked bhattar “How did yaSOdhA know that he dug deep into the pot such that his shoulders touched the pot?” bhattar responded saying “She saw the mark of the sandalwood paste which she had applied on his shoulders, on the rim of the pot”

ArAdha veNNey vizhungi – the butter was such that how much ever he ate of it, he wasn’t satiated. The butter which he ate initially, acted like a medicine which increased his appetite, thus making him to eat more and more of it.

vizhungi – swallowing the butter, without leaving anything.

In the next article, we will discuss the next part of this prabandham.

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