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upadhEsa raththina mAlai – 13

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pAsuram 13

mAsip punarpUsam kANmin inRu maNNulagIr
thEsu iththivasaththukku Edhennil – pEuginREn
kolli nagark kOn kulasEkaran piRappAl
nallavargaL koNdAdum nAL                                           13


Word by word meaning

maNNulagIr – Oh residents of this earth!
kANmin – Realize that
inRu – today
mAsi – is the month of mAsi (magha)
punarpUsam – and star day of punarpUsam (punarvasu);
(E) edhu ennil – if asked what is the
thEsu – grand value
ith thivasaththukku – of this day,
pEsuginRen – I shall tell you about that; that is,
kolli nagark kOn – he who is the head of the place kolli,
kulasEkaran – that is, kulasEkara AzhvAr,
pirappAL – due to his incarnation
nAL – on this day,
nallavargaL – noble people
koNdAdum – celebrate (it).


He is divining the enrichment of knowledge of the ignorant ones, about the greatness of srI kulasEkarap perumAL who divined his incarnation during mAsi (magha) punarpUsam (punarvasu).

mAsip punarpUsam kANmin inRu maNNulagIr – As said in ‘mAsi munnAL (nAchchiyAr thirumozhi – 1.1), it can be considered as having greatness that is not present in any other day – that is mAsi (magha) month’s star day of punarpUsam (punarvasu), Oh see that those in this world – that day is today for you all!

inRu – The one that occurred in the past and will in the future is appearing as today for him (maNavALa mAmunigaL) due to his regard/fondness.

mAsip punarpUsam – It was in chiththirai month punarvasu star day that chakravarththy thirumagan (srI rAman) divined His incarnation. ‘ellai il seerth dhayarathan than maganAith thOnRiRRu adhu mudhalAth than ulagam pukkathIRA [perumAL thirumozhi 10.10]’ – (From His incarnation as a son of dhasarathan of limitless fame, till the time when He returned to paramapadham, that is, AzhvAr gave us the summary of srI rAmAyaNam),  is how this AzhvAr lets us know about rAman’s glory; and his star day also has become the same.

Like how those born in the lineage of kings should have a grand star day, this AzhvAr’s incarnation is having such connection with emperumAn.

kulasekarazhwarsrI kulasEkarap perumAL

maN ulagIr – Oh the ones in this earth who are involved in the enjoyments of this world, and not paying attention to emperumAn and his devotees! Avoid your distractions and listen to the meanings I am talking about. Those in the other world are best in their true knowledge. Having less knowledge and as said in ‘uNdiyE udaiyE ugandhu [perumAL thirumozhi 3-4] going eagerly after food only, clothes only (and other comforts only) and being ‘mAranAr varivenchilaikku At cheydhu [perumAl thirumozhi 3-3](Surrendering to the beautiful bad arrow of manmatha and enjoying this material world), — for such people as you only is it required for me to advise.

{notice how the vyAkyAthA (piLLailOkam jIyar) is using the respective AzhvAr’s prabandham itself to show the meanings of upadhEsa raththina mAlai}

If you asked, ‘For your highness to advise us regarding this, what is great about this day?’, then –

pEsuginREn etc. – As he said about himself in ‘kolli kAvalan kUdal nAyakan kOzhik kOn kulasEkaran [perumAL thirumozhi 2.10] (king of the place of kolli, of madhurai, and uRaiyUr, that is kulasEkaran), such chEra king, is kulasEkara AzhvAr; the day got its significance due to his incarnation, and due to that (we) are able to get relation of the good; kulasEkaran’s birth is not of body but of life/AthmA – he said ‘UnERu selvaththu udal piRavi yAn vENdEn [perumAL thirumozhi 4-1] (I who has realized the good from the bad, would not want the birth in the body that grows rich in meat everyday, etc.).

The king kulasEkarap perumAL wished to be an animal or a plant living in thirumalai (thiruppathi)

– are how his his likes and dislikes are set.

Being amicable to be subservient (to emperumAn and his devotees) – that is a birth; this is as said in ‘Azhi am kaip pEr Ayarkku ALAm piRappu [periya thiruvanthAdhi – 79]’, and having ‘(un) viNNAttuth thEsu’ (regardless of the kind of birth in this world, if one has the devotion toward emperumAn, then such birth would be having the greatness/luster of your other [higher] world).

In this way, due to this AzhvAr’s incarnation that is amicable to subservience, this day gets its luster.

So this day is –

nallavargaL koNdAdum nAL – (celebrated by noble ones); they are ‘kolli kAvalan sol padhikkum kalaik kavi pAdum periyavar [rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi – 14]’ (the noble ones who recite the pAsurams of kulasEkara Azhvar as an outlet of their love for him);

nallavargaL – they take care of others’ spiritual wellness like of their own.

nAL – a day is one that is celebrated by such people.

This AzhvAr, as said in ‘ellaiyil adimaith thiRaththinil enRu mEvu manaththanAm [perumAL thirumozhi 2.10]’ ((kulasEkara AzhvAr) having the mind of being at most subservient, (to emperumAn’s devotees’ devotees’ …)), is of such goodness, and due to that, for them he had put his hand inside the pot of snake (to prove those devotees’ innocence when they were blamed for a lost jewel in AzhvAr’s palace) – having such greatness of character;

This day is nurtured and celebrated by those srIvaishNavas who have lost themselves to such quality of this AzhvAr and are good to his lotus feet.


srI kulasEkara AzhvAr wanted to be some animal or plant or, ANYthing in the hills of thirumalai (thiruppathi), as he said in :

inbamarum selvamum ivvarasum yAn vENdEN [perumAL thirumozhi 4.1] (I do not want the wealth that would go into enjoying various things, and I do not want this kingdom that enables them),

and in –

uruppasi than am poR kalai algul peRRAlum AdhariyEn [perumAL thirumozhi 4.3] (Would not want it even if I got the beautiful decorated parts of UrvaSi (consort of indhra who is the king of dhEvas)),

– Thus this AzhvAr wishes to be something, anything in the hills of thirumalai and with such wishes he serves emperumAn.


srI gOvindhap perumAL (embAr) too is described in the same way, as said in ‘thruNIkrutha virinjchAthi nirankusa vibhUthaya: [varavaramuni mukthakam – 7]’ (gives no importance to those like brahmA, and is having the greatness in the worlds), ignores all lowly affairs,

and as said in ‘hrudhi nArAyaNam pasyan nAbhyagachchathrahassadhA yassarvadhArathEchchApi gOvindham tham upAsmahE [embAr thaniyan, guruparamparA prabhAvam – 528]’ (He who is always seeing nArAyaNan, and was not able to see any place as private for happiness with his wife, we worship such gOvindhar (embAr)), and so for other enjoyments he is of the view that there is no dark and private place (since he sees nArAyaNAn’s brightness everywhere),

so, for this AchAryan also the punarpUsam (punarvasu) has become the star day of his incarnation.

embar_madhuramangalamembAr – madhuramangalam

As said in ‘arasamarndhAn adi sUdum [perumAL thirumozhi 10.7](falling at the feet of srI rAma pirAn who is seated with majesty in his throne), like this AzhvAr who seeks the feet of srI rAman, embAr too is like a shadow of rAmAnujar’s divine feet.

In the case of distaste for other demi gods, he (embAr) matches thirumazhisai AzhvAr.

embAr too is of two births in one (brAhmaNa).

Due to all of these reasons, this pAsuram says about the greatness of this star day being of muppuri (three auspicious things happening in a similar way).

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thiruvezhukURRirukkai – thaniyans (Invocation)

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First thaniyan

piLLai lOkam jIyar’s vyAkyanam of thaniyan in maNipravALam (a writing style in which thamizh and sanskrit are mixed) is being translated here.

This thaniyan sings pallANdu (mangaLAsAsanam/well-wishes) to thirumangai AzhwAr who sang the six prabandhams that provide protective walls to emperumAn, like the compound walls that protect our temples.

Acharyas are to be praised directly in front of them. AzhwAr is present in archai thirumEni in many dhivya dhEsasms. This thaniyan sings pallANdu to such an AzhwAr.

thUyOn sudar mAna vEl

thUyOn sudar mAna vEl


thaniyan blessed by emperumAnAr

vAzhi parakAlan vAzhi kalikanRi
vAzhi kuRaiyalUr vAzh vEndhan
vAzhiyarO mAyOnai vAL valiyAl mandhiramkoL mangaiyarkOn
thUyOn sudarmAna vEl

Word-by-word meanings

vAzhi – long live (pallANdu to)
parakAlan – thirumangai AzhwAr who is like yamA for people of other mathams (philosophies);
vAzhi – long live
kali kanRi – thirumangai AzhwAr who destroyed (the illness of) kali yuga;
vAzhi – long live
vEndhan – the king thirumangai AzhwAr
kuRaiyalUr – (of) thirukkuRaiyalUr,
vAzh – the place that lived well (because of him);
vAzhi – long live
sudar –the bright
mAnam – and great
vEl – spear
mangaiyarkOn – (of) thirumangai AzhwAr,
thUyOn – the one who has both inner and outer purity
vAL valiyAl – and who with the strength of his sword
mandhiram koL – received thirumanthra rahasyam
mAyOnai – from emperumAn.
(vazhiy)arO – ‘asai’ as part of thamizh grammar.

vyAkyAnam (meanings)

vAzhi parakAlan – pallANdu to AzhwAr who got the name of parakAlan. ‘para[r]’ (others) refers to those who deny emperumAn.  AzhwAr is a strong force like yama for such people. So AzhwAr is parakAlan.

vAzhi kali kanRi – pallANdu to AzhwAr known as kali kanRi (one who can rid of illness of kali yuga).

kuRaiyalUr vAzh vEndhan vAzhi – pallANdu to the king of, the one who was born in, and the one who protected, the place of thiruk kuRaiyalUr.

Now emperumAnAr sings pallANdu to both AzhwAr and his spear by saying

mAyOnai vAL valiyAl mandhiram koL mangaiyar kOn thUyOn sudarmAna vEl.

mAyOnai – AzhwAr got the thirumanthram by threatening emperumAn using the strength of his sword, the ‘mAyon’ who is in thiruvarangam (srIrangam) lying on the Adhi sEshan.

As it says ‘mAyOn’ in “kadi arangathu aravANaiyil paLLi koLLum mAyonai [perumAL thirumozhi 1-2], and as it says “vAzhi suzhi poriththa nIr ponnith then arangan thannai vazhi pariththa vALan vali”, it was arangan from whom AzhwAr got thirumanthram using the strength of his sword.

AzhwAr stole thirumanthram from the mAyOn who steals all the belongings of those devotees that love Him!! (kai poruLgaL munnamE kaikkoNdAr kAviri nIr sei puraLa Odum thiruvarangach chelvanAr’ [nAchchiyAr thirumozhi 11-6])

AzhvAr got thirumanthram from the emperumAn who is mandhiram (manthram), like it is said in ‘andhaNar mAttu andhi vaiththa mandhiram’ [thirunedunthANdakam 4].

mangaiyar kOn – AzhwAr is king of thirumangai, isn’t it?

thUyOn – AzhwAr is having both inner and outer purity.

ananyArha sEshathvam (no subservience to anyone else), ananya saranathvam (not using anything other than emperumAn as the means to attain Him), ananya bhOgyathvam (not considering anything other than emperumAn as enjoyable) are some of the inner purities of AzhwAr.

Having undergone pancha samskAram, etc., are part of his outer purity.

AzhwAr also gave all of his names in one pAsuram, and those names also show us his inner and outer purity: angamalath thada vayal sUzh Ali nAdan, aruL mAri, arattamukki, adaiyAr seeyam kongu malar kuzhaliyar vEL mangai vEndhan, kORRavEl parakAlan, kaliyan [periya thirumozhi 3-4-10].

sudar mAna vEl big spear that is made of brightness; well qualified to be held by thirumangai mannan who is bright and great.

thUyOn vEl vAzhiyarO – thaniyan says that like AzhwAr his spear is also worthy of being sung pallaNdu. Didn’t ANdAL also sing in thiruppAvai [24], ‘nin kaiyil vEl pORRi’? When singing pallANdu to kaNNan, they too sang pallANdu to his spear also. AzhwAr also says ‘koRRa vEl [periya thirumozhi 3-4-10] about his spear – so unlike other spears which see losses, the one he carries always sees victory; but still because of his [AzhwAr’s, or the one who wrote the thaniyan, that is, emperumAnAr’s] love towards AzhwAr’s spear, pallANdu is being sung for it also.

Second thaniyan blessed by emperumAnAr

[There is no vyAkyAnam by piLLai lOkam jeeyar for this thaniyan; so only the word by word meaning is included here.]

sIrAr thiruvezhu kURRirukkai ennum senthamizhAl
ArAvamudhan kudanthaip pirAn than adiyiNaik kIzh
ErAr maRaip poruL ellam eduththu ivvulagu uyyavE
sOrAmal sonna aruL mAri pAdham thuNai namakkE

Word-by-word meanings

Ar – filled with
sIr – greatness of words and meanings
thiruvezhu kURRirukkai ennum – in the prabandham named thiruvezhu kURRirukkai
senthamizhAl – which is in the form of a beautiful thamizh prabandham (poem),
adi iNai kIzh – which sang about both of the lotus feet of emperumAn
ArAvamudhan – who has the name of ArAvamudhan
kudanthaip pirAn than –thirukkudanthai perumAn,
ErAr maRaip poruLai ellAm eduththu – it is clearly showing the meanings of vEdhas that have the greatness such as apaurushEyathvam (not created by anyone),
ivvulagu uyyavE – for this world to understand and live well;
sOrAmal sonna – AzhwAr gave us all the meanings of vEdhas without missing anything
aruLmAri – that is, the rain of kindness, that is thirumangai azhwAr,
pAdham – his lotus feet
namakkuth thuNai – is our shelter.

Translation in English by raghuram srInivAsa dAsan

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thiruvezhukURRirukkai (pronounced as thiruvezhukUtrirukkai) is one of the prabandhams sung by thirumangai AzhwAr.

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thirumangai AzhwAr sang periya thirumozhi first; he ended with the prayer to emperumAn to help get rid of the dhEha sambandham (relationship of AthmA with the body). In his second prabandham thirukkuRunthANdakam, since emperumAn did not show himself to AzhwAr as He wanted AzhwAr to have more hunger for His visit, AzhwAr was not able to bear the delay, and like how an extremely thirsty person would drink and immerse himself into the water, and pour water on himself, AzhwAr sang about emperumAn by talking, and prostrating, and thinking about Him, and tried to sustain himself.

When one drinks some bit of water, he would feel like drinking more and more. AzhwAr also felt much more thirst for emperumAn, and so in his third prabandham of thiruvezhukURRirukkai, he surrendered to thirukkudandhai ArAvamudhan with great longing for Him. So this is a saraNAgathi prabandham. (nammAzhwAr also performed saraNagathi to thirukkudandhai ArAvamudhan – thiruvAimozhi 5-8)

About the name of the prabandham: ezhu – 7, kURu – parts, irukkai – being/having. Or, it is in 7’s – that may be based on poetry based on time, place, counts, is referred to as ‘chiththirak kavithai’ – we can draw thiruvezhukURRirukkai, in the form of a chariot. The chariot starts with a small width and becomes wider and wider. In the same way, thiruvezhukURRirukkai uses numbers 123 in one line of the pAsuram, then uses 12321 in the next line, then 123454321,  12345654321, 1234567654321, and again 1234567654321.


This form of poem is called ratha bandham.

Following diagram of the prabandham provides a visual treat – thiruvezhukURRirukkai_English_drawing

thiruvezhukURRirukkai is recited at the start of thEr (chariot) uthsavam in many dhivya dhEsams.

This translation is not meant to be done word by word; it is attempted to provide salient points of the vyAkyAnams. Please contact us if there are any corrections required. As always, your reading and providing valuable comments are welcome.

vyAkyAnam is provided by the vyAkyAna chakravarthy (emperor of commentaries), that is, periyavAchchAn piLLai.

Detailed description provided by puthUr swami has helped understand more meanings of the vyAkyAnam and it was necessary for doing any level of translation here.

Translation by Raghuram Srinivasa Dasan.

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