Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Thiruppavai – 6

Birds have started chirping; Don’t you hear the booming sound of conch
from the blessed Bird borne Lord’s* temple? Wake up my girl;
He sucked life out of the demoness
who tried to poison him with her breast milk;
He kicked the hexed wagon wheel with his infant feet
to destroy the demon sent to kill him;
He, the primordial seed,
reclines on the five headed snake in Milky Ocean;

Sages and Yogis hold him dear in their heart
and rise gently chanting Hari Hari;
Let that booming sound enter our heart and please us, my friend!

*Lord Vishnu seated on Garuda, the blessed Bird.

புள்ளும் சிலம்பினகாண் புள்ளரையன் கோயிலில்
வெள்ளை விளிசங்கின் பேரரவம் கேட்டிலையோ
பிள்ளாய் எழுந்திராய் பேய்முலை நஞ்சுண்டு
கள்ளச் சகடம் கலக்கழியக் காலோச்சி
வெள்ளத்தரவில் துயிலமர்ந்த வித்தினை
உள்ளத்துக் கொண்டு முனிவர்களும் யோகிகளும்
மெள்ள எழுந்தங் கரிஎன்ற பேரரவம்
உள்ளம் புகுந்து குளிர்ந்தேலோர் எம்பாவாய்.

Andal calls out her friend who are still asleep to wake up. She says “My friends! The birds have started chirping.  Don’t you hear the booming sound of the white Conch calling us to the temple of Vishnu, seated on the blessed Garuda? Wake up!

When our lord was young, Kamsa sent a demoness Putana to kill him. She poisoned her nipples and gave milk to the infant Lord. He knew of her plan and sucked the life out of her when she tried to feed him. Similarly another demon Sakatasura is sent by Kamsa to kill infant Krishna. He takes the shape of the cart wheel in the cart where Krishna’s cradle is tied to. Infant Krishna kicks the wheel causing the cart to collapse and kills the demon.

Our Lord is the kernel seed of all in this world. He lies atop the five headed Snake in the milky ocean. Sages and Yogis hold him i n their heart and rise gently (in order not to disturb him) chanting his name ‘Hari, Hari’. Wake up and hear that booming sound. Let it enter our heart and please us, my friend!”

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