Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Thiruppavai – 3

The Great one measured the whole universe in his stride;
As we chant his name and bathe in this month of vow –
The country will be bereft of evil; it will rain thrice a month;
Fish leap up in paddy fields amidst growing stalks of paddy;
Dotted bees fall asleep inside lily flower buds;
Benevolent cows that fill our pots with milk
as their bounteous udders are milched
will ensure lasting wealth for us, my friend!

ஓங்கி உலகளந்த உத்தமன் பேர்பாடி
நாங்கள்நம் பாவைக்குச் சாற்றிநீ ராடினால்
தீங்கின்றி நாடெல்லாம் திங்கள்மும் மாரிபெய்து
ஓங்கு பெறும்செந் நெல்ஊடு கயலுகளப்
பூங்குவளைப் போதில் பொறிவண்டு கண்படுப்பத்
தேங்காதே புக்கிருந்து சீர்த்த முலைபற்றி
வாங்க குடம் நிறைக்கும் வள்ளல் பெரும்பசுக்கள்
நீங்காத செல்வம் நிறைந்தேலோர் எம்பாவாய்.

The girls pep themselves up by counting the benefits of chanting Narayanan’s name. “He grew up in size to measure all three worlds in just two strides. Chanting his name and bathing early during this month of vow will bring us numerous benefits. The country will be free of evil. It will rain thrice a month country wide and be beneficial for farming. Paddy fields will be filled with water so much that tiny fish will leap up amidst growing stalks. Lily flowers will bloom in these fields and dotted bees will fall asleep inside these flowers. Because of rains, meadows will be green and our cows will be well fed. The bounteous udders of cows are full of milk and they fill our pots till it overflows, thus ensuring lasting wealth for us. These are the benefits of chanting our Lord’s name, my friend!”

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2 thoughts on “Thiruppavai – 3

  1. meraser on said:

    Awaiting the list of old Tamil words and their meanings in this பாசுரம்…


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