periya thirumadal – 69 – anna kadalai

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anna kadalai malaiyittu aNaikatti                                                                            97
mannan irAvaNanai mAmaNdu venjamaththu

Word by word meaning

anna kadalai – ocean which has that complexion
malai ittu – throwing mountains
aNai katti – building sEthu (and mercifully entering lankA)
mA maNdu vem samaththu – in the cruel battle which was full of four types of armies [chariot, elephant, horse and foot soldiers]
mannan irAvaNanai – the demon king rAvaNa


vaNNam pOl anna kadalai – he, of course, killed rAvaNa; but did he have to agitate the ocean which matched him in depth, being the repository for all entities, pride and complexion?

malaiyittu aNai katti – one who destroyed the profundity of the ocean by throwing whatever stones one could lay his hands on, and making the army of monkeys walk over those stones. The opinion here is that, he destroyed my profundity too and made me engage in madal.

mannan irAvaNanai – ravaNa, who had a self-respect of being the king of demons.

mA maNdu venjamaththu – the term mA refers to animals with four legs such as elephants and horses. Here this refers to all the four divisions of the army (chariot, elephant, horse and foot soldiers). In the cruel battle, where the four divisions of the army were closely held together.

venjamaththu – it is not that he killed the ignorant rAvaNa in any clairvoyant manner. He stood face-to-face with rAvaNa in the battle which was termed as “rAmarAvaNayOr yudhdham rAma rAvaNayOriva” ((match for the) battle between SrI rAma and rAvaNa is this battle between SrI rAma and rAvaNa; in other words, there is no equal) and killed rAvana.

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

adiyEn krishNa rAmAnuja dhAsan

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