SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
ANdAL had prayed to the cuckoo to unite her with emperumAn. She was very distressed since that did not happen. emperumAn, on the other hand, was waiting for her affection towards him to grow further, in order to unite with her. Even though he had granted knowledge and devotion to nammAzhwAr right at the beginning itself, emperumAn granted him permanent service in paramapadham only after taking him through the stages of parabhakthi (knowledge about emperumAn) and paragyAnam (envisioning emperumAn). Even sIthAp pirAtti had said “I will wait up to one month for the arrivial of perumAL”. But perumAL had said “I cannot stay separated from pirAtti even for a moment”. People such as thrijadai had good dreams about emperumAn and told sIthAp pirAtti about those dreams due to which she was able to sustain herself. On the other hand, ANdAL could sustain herself only if she had the dreams on her own. SAsthras say that emperumAn, remaining awake, gives happiness to people by giving them good dreams when they are asleep. In the same way, he gave her dreams about her marriage with him so that she is able to sustain herself by narrating the dreams to her friend.
First pAsuram. Instead of staying quietly, saying “Let him come; we will then enjoy” she is thinking of his arrival so that she can enjoy from the moment of his arrival.
vAraNam Ayiram sUzha valam seydhu
nAraNa nambi nadakkinRAn enRedhir
pUraNa poRkudam vaiththup puRamengum
thOraNam nAttak kanAk kaNdEn thOzhI! nAn
Oh my dear friend! SrIman nArAyaNa, who is complete in all qualities, is coming around the place in a clockwise fashion, surrounded by a thousand elephants. Golden pUrNa kumbhams (a traditional method of receiving guests with water in pots, covered with mango leaves and coconut) have been placed opposite him. The entire town has been decorated with arches and pillars. I enjoyed all these in my dream.
Second pAsuram. She says that she saw kaNNan entering the wedding pandhal (decorated wedding canopy).
nALai vadhuvai maNam enRu nALittu
pALai kamugu parisudaip pandhaRkIzh
kOL ari mAdhavan gOvindhan enbAn Or
kALai pugudhak kanAk kaNdEn thOzhI! nAn
Oh friend! The auspicious time for the wedding ritual has been fixed for tomorrow. In my dream, I saw a youth who has divine names such as narasimhan, mAdhavan, gOvindhan entering the wedding canopy, which is decorated with areca nut plant with its fruit-sheath.
Third pAsuram. She shares her experience of donning the wedding dress and garland.
indhiran uLLitta dhEvar kuzhAm ellAm
vandhirundhu ennai magaL pEsi mandhiriththu
mandhirak kOdi uduththi maNamAlai
andhari sUttak kanAk kaNdEn thOzhI! nAn
Oh friend! Celestial entities such as indhra et al came here and discussed the wedding arrangements, with me as the bride. I saw in my dream dhurgA (sister of my husband) making me wear the wedding sari and the fragrant garlands.
Fourth pAsuram. She shares the experience of wearing the protective thread which is tied to the wrist at the beginning of the wedding rituals.
nAl thisaith thIrththam koNarndhu nani nalgi
pArppanach chittargaL pallAr edhuththEththi
pUppunaik kaNNip punidhanOdu en thannai
kAppu nAN kattak kanAk kaNdEn thOzhi nAn
Oh friend! I saw in my dream that many brAhmaNa elders had brought sacred water from the four directions. They sprinkled the sacred water all around, chanted vEdhic hymns in high pitch. I saw them tying the protective thread on my hand along with emperumAn kaNNan who had flower garlands on him.
Fifth pAsuram. She shares her experience of emperumAn entering the wedding canopy and being welcomed with lamp and pUrNa kumbham.
kadhiroLi dhIpam kalasam udan Endhi
sadhir iLa mangaiyar thAm vandhu edhir koLLa
madhuraiyAr mannan adi nilai thottu engum
adhirap pugudhak kaNak kaNdEn thOzhI! nAn
Oh friend! Beautiful young girls, holding auspicious lamps which were radiant like sun’s light and golden pots (pUrNakumbham) came and invited emperumAn, the king of north madhurA. I saw him in my dream, wearing pAdhuka (divine footwear) and walking mercifully, with the earth reverberating under his feet.
Sixth pAsuram. She shares the experience of emperumAn madhusUdhanan carrying out pANigrahaNam (holding her hand, symbolising marriage with his hand).
maththaLam kotta varisangam ninRu Udha
muththudaith thAmam nirai thAzhndha pandhaRkIzh
maiththunan nambi madhusUdhan vandhu ennaik
kaiththalam paRRak kanAk kaNdEn thOzhI! nAn
Oh friend! madhuSudhanan (emperumAn) has completeness of all auspicious qualities. I saw in my dream my aunt’s son (madhusUdhanan) who was going to marry me, carrying out pANigrahaNa, holding my hand in his hand, under the wedding canopy, which was decorated with garlands made of pearls
Seventh pAsuram. She shares her experience of circumambulating agni (ritualistic fire) along with emperumAn.
vAy nallAr nalla maRai Odhi mandhiraththAl
pAsilai nANal paduththup paridhi vaiththu
kAysina mA kaLiRu annAn en kaip paRRi
thI valam seyyak kaNAk kaNdEn thOzhI! nAn
Oh friend! Experts in vEdhas were chanting the great vEdhic hymns, with correct pronunciation. They spread the holy reed grass with fresh leaves and nourished agni (fire) with dry twigs. I saw in my dream kaNNan emperumAn, proud like a wild elephant in exultation, holding my hand and circumambulating agni.
Eighth pAsuram. She shares the experience of stepping on the ammi (a horizontal stone for grinding, used in weddings as symbolic of firmness in the bride to face all issues in married life) in the presence of emperumAn.
immaikkum EzhEzh piRavikkum paRRAvAn
nammai udaiyavan nArAyaNan nambi
semmai udaiya thirukkaiyAl thAL paRRi
ammi midhikkak kaNAk kaNdEn thOzhI! nAn
Oh friend! emperumAn is our refuge in this as well as in all the births to come. He is our lord, complete in all the auspicious qualities. I saw in my dream, that nArAyaNan, kaNNan emperumAn, with his great divine hand (which will hold on to his follower’s feet too), hold my foot and keep it on top of the ammi.
Ninth pAsuram. She shares the experience of carrying out lAja hOmam (ritual in which puffed rice is offered to agni).
varisilai vAL mugaththu ennaimAr thAm vandhittu
eri mugam pAriththu ennai munnE niRuththi
ari mugan achchudhan kai mEl en kai vaiththu
pori mugandhu attak kaNAk kaNdEn thOzhI! nAn
Oh friend! I saw in my dream my brothers, who had their eye brows similar to bow and who had radiant faces, nurture agni, and making me stand in front of agni. I saw them placing my hand on top of the divine hand of emperumAn achyuthan who had a face like a majestic lion and adding puffed rice in my hand (for offering to agni)
Tenth pAsuram. She shares the experience of going around on top of an elephant along with emperumAn, and others bathing them in fragrant water.
kungumam appik kuLir sAndham mattiththu
mangala vIdhi valam seydhu maNa nIr
angu avanOdum udan senRu angu Anai mEl
manjanam Attak kaNAk kaNdEn thOzhI! nAn
Oh friend! I saw in my dream that vermillion was applied on the body; cool sandalwood paste was also applied; emperumAn and I went around the town, on top of an elephant, through the decorated streets. I saw the two of us being bathed with fragrant water.
Eleventh pAsuram. She completes the decad by revealing the benefit to those who recite it.
AyanukkAgath thAn kaNda kanAvinai
vEyar pugazh villipuththUrk kOn kOdhai sol
thUya thamizh mAlai Iraindhum vallavar
vAyu nan makkaLaip peRRu magizhvarE
periyAzhwAr is praised by those born in the clan of brAhmaNas. He is the leader of SrIvillipuththUr. Those who learn this decad, which was mercifully composed by ANdAL, the daughter of periyAzhwAr, which describes how emperumAn kaNNan attained her in marriage, as seen by her in her dreams, will beget children like periyAzhwAr, fully engaged in matters relating to emperumAn, having great qualities and will attain happiness forever.
adiyEn krishNa rAmAnuja dhAsan
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