thiruvAimozhi – 2.4.4 – ilangai seRRavanE

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Introduction for this pAsuram

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s introduction

No specific introduction.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s introduction

In the fourth pAsuram – parAnkuSa nAyaki‘s mother says “after sustaining herself for a little while on hearing from me about SrI rAma, again unable to bear the sorrow, she started blabbering and praying”.

Highlights from vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s introduction

Subsequently, she felt distressed speaking about his favours to everyone.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s introduction

In the fourth pAsuram – parAnkuSa nAyaki‘s mother says “She called out to him highlighting his favours to people in historical times and since such emperumAn did not come to help her, she became pained”.

Highlights from nampiLLai‘s introduction as documented by vadakkuth thiruvIdhip piLLai

Fourth pAsuram – parAnkuSa nAyaki‘s mother says”that he destroyed rAvaNa’s lankA” is not his natural quality; it only happens some times; unable to bear that parAnkuSa nAyaki repeats the same incident.


இலங்கை செற்றவனே, என்னும், பின்னும்
வலம் கொள் புள் உயர்த்தாய்! என்னும், உள்ளம்
மலங்க வெவ்வுயிர்க்கும், கண்ணீர் மிகக்
கலங்கி கை தொழும் நின்று இவளே

ilangai seRRavanE ennum pinnum
valam koL puL uyarththAy! ennum uLLam
malanga vevvuyirkkum  kaNNir migak
kalangi kai thozhum ninRu ivaLE


Word-by-Word meanings (based on vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s 12000 padi)

ivaL – she
pinnum – (with more distress than before) again
ilangai – lankA (where mAli et al lived)
seRRavanE – Oh one who destroyed!
ennum – said

For that,
valam koL – having strength
puL – periya thiruvadi (garudAzhwAr)
uyarththAy – Oh one who is having as flag and vehicle!
ennum – said

Since, he did not arrive in such garuda,
uLLam – heart
malanga – becoming vexed
vem – hot
uyirkkum – breathe
kaNNIr – tears
miga – abundance
kalangi – with bewildered knowledge
ninRu – thinking (that he is coming)
kai thozhum – performs anjali (joining the palms to pray)

Simple transalation (based on vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s 12000 padi)

She again said with great distress “Oh one who destroyed lankA! Oh one who is having the strong garuda as flag and vehicle!”; But since he did not arrive, her heart became vexed, started breathing out hot air, with abundance of tears and becoming bewildered, she performed anjali (joining the palms to pray) thinking that he is coming.

vyAkyAnams (commentaries)

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s vyAkyAnam

See vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s translation.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s vyAkyAnam

See nampiLLai‘s vyAkyAnam.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s vyAkyAnam

See nampiLLai‘s vyAkyAnam.

Highlights from nampiLLai‘s vyAkyAnam as documented by vadakkuth thiruvIdhip piLLai

  • ilangai seRRavanE ennum – two explanations:
    • parAnkuSa nAyaki said “Oh one who helped me before!” (She is saying this to her mother to emphasise that helping others is natural quality for him). She is calling out to him as if he helped her before and not helping now.
    • parAnkuSa nAyaki said “Do you have to build a bridge, lift a mountain (to bring herbs to bring back lakshmaNa’s consciousness) or draw an arrow (to fight) on the bow? What hurdle is there to come to me?” Whatever her mother said to get her to leave emperumAn, she is using the same for holding on to him further.
  • pinnum … – Further, she said “you are having the entourage (garuda) to help like someone having a water jug at a higher level to feed water for thirsty persons”. This indicates – having the able garuda in his flag or having garuda as his vehicle. Even though garuda is present (who can bring him to her), since he is not coming, as if her heart is taken away from her, she is heaving very hot air as said in SrI rAmAyaNam sundhara kANdam 17.29 “dhahanthImiva ni:SvAsairvrukshAth pallava dhAriNa: … ” (hanuman saw sIthA pirAtti who looked like burning down the trees, which are having fresh leaves and are in neck deep water, with her hot breath …).
  • kaNNIr miga – Whatever started as heavy breathing, turned into tears.
  • kalangith thozhum – beloved (while in separation) would usually not be praying with pristine knowledge (she will be bewildered).
  • ivaLE – she, who is so great to be prayed by him, is now herself praying for him.

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