periya thirumadal – 78 – onnA asurar

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onnA asurar thuLangach chelanItti
mannivvagalidaththai mAvaliyai vanjiththuth                                   112
than ulagam Akkuviththa thALAnai – thAmarai mEl

Word by word meaning

angu onnA asurar thuLanga – making the inimical demons (such as namuchi et al) in those seven worlds to suffer
sela nItti – extending further (to go beyond)
mannu i agal idaththai – this permanent, expansive  bhU maNdalam (region of world)
mAvaliyai vanjiththu – deceiving mahAbali (like this)
than ulagam Akkuviththa thALAnai – having divine feet, which made [such worlds] as his world


angu onnA asurar thuLangach chela nItti – when demons such as namuchi (son of mahAbali) came opposing him exclaiming as in periyAzhwAr thirumozhi 1-8-8 “ennidhu mAyam” (what is this clairvoyance?)[when emperumAn, as vAmana, asked for three steps of land with his small foot and grew up instantaneously as thrivikrama and measured all the worlds], stretching his foot such that they ran in fear, just as it is mentioned in periyAzhwAr thirumozhi  1-8-8 “mannu namuchiyai vAnil suzhaRRiya” (spinning the persistent namuchi around, in the sky) and in SrI vishNu dharmam 43-28 “dhravanthi dhaithyA:” (the demons are running).

mannivvagalidaththai – this world which was, for a long time, belonging to mahAbali

mAvaliyai vanjiththu – carrying out the deceitful act of showing a small foot and measuring with a huge foot.

thannulagam Akkuviththa – since vAmana does not see any distinction between his followers and himself and since indhra is not going to argue [claiming ownership of the worlds] the pAsuram says that thannulagam (his world) instead of indhranulagam  (indhra’s world). This is actually neither mAvali’s maN (land) nor indhra’s maN; isn’t it actually “vAmanan maN” (the land of vAmana) as mentioned in thiruvAimozhi 4-4-1! Hence, she is saying that it is “thannulagam

thALAnai – these are all related to his divine foot. She says that she will destroy that too.


Until now, she was saying that she will destroy his fame which he attained during his incarnations. Now she goes to all the divine abodes where he has taken residence with the fame “he is at the limit of saulabhya sauseelyAdhi (easy to approach and being very simple etc) qualities” and says that she is going to tell all the world that “he is deceiving everyone saying that he has all those qualities; he doesn’t have these qualities”.

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

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