periya thirumadal – 88 – annavanai AdhanUr

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annavanai AdhanaUr ANdaLakkum aiyanai
nennalai inRinai nALaiyai nIrmalai mEl                                                                   130
mannum maRai nAngum AnAnaip pullANith
thennan thamizhai vadamozhiyai nAngUril                                                            131

Word by word meaning

annavanai – one who cannot be defined that he is like this
AdhanUr – at thiruvAdhanUr
ANdu aLakkum aiyanai – one who controls passing of time
nennalai inRinai nALaiyai – one who is the controller of yesterday, today and tomorrow
nIrmalai mEl mannum – one who has taken residence at thirunIrmalai
maRai nAngum AnAnai – having the form of four vEdhas
pullANi – one who has taken residence at thiruppullANi
thennan thamizhai vadamozhiyai – one who is described by both thamizh and samaskrutha languages
nAngUr – at thirunAngUr


annavanai AdhanUr ANdaLakkum aiyanai – one whose beauty cannot be described in words and who is the lord for determining kAlam (time) which is measured in terms of years.

ANdu aLakkum – time will bring to order all the entities which are prAkrutham (natural; perishable) while emperumAn brings to order such time itself. SrI vishNu purANam 5-20-54 says “kAlam sa pachathE” (he cooks time; he controls time).

AzhwAr states next as to how he controls time.

nennalai inRinai nALaiyai – he controls time by dividing into parts, viz.  yesterday, today and tomorrow.nammAzhwAr says in his thiruvAimozhi 3-1-5varungAlam nigazhgAlam kazhigAlamAy ulagai orungAga aLippAy” (Oh one who protects the world in a focussed way by controlling future, present and past times!) and in thiruvAimozhi 3-8-9senRu sellAdhana munnilAm kAlamE” (Oh one who is the controller of past, future and present times!).

nIrmalai mEl mannum maRai nAngum AnAnai – one who has taken residence atop thirunIrmalai, and who is spoken of by the everlasting, faultless vEdhas. kaNNan (krishNa) says in bhagavath gIthA 15-15vEdhaiScha sarvairahamEva vEdhya:” (I am the only one who is known through all the vEdhas).

pullANith thennan thamizhai – one who is sung about by thamizh vEdham in thiruppullANi, which is in the kingdom of pANdiyas, as in periya thirumozhi 9-4-1 “kAvAr madalpeNNai” (palm trees with their palm leaves seen densely inside the orchards) and as in periya thirumozhi 9-3-1 “thannai naivikkilEn” (I am unable to put an end to myself).

thennan thamizhai – alternative meaning: one who is sung through agaththiyar’s thamizh [agaththiyar (agasthya) is the patron sage for thamizh language].

vadamozhiyai – one who is spoken of by the SAsthras in languages of the north [of vindhiya mountains] such as SrI rAmAyaNa etc. Isn’t SrI rAma residing at thiruppullANi!

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

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