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Tiruppugazh of Chidambaram
« on: November 06, 2008, 10:37:08 AM »
I have posted yesterday, that Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi enjoyed
good singing of various bhakti songs of Manikkavachagar, Jnana
Sambandhar, Sundaramoorthy, Tiru Navukkarasar, Ramalinga
Swamigal, Pattinathar, Tayumanavar and Arunagiri Natha.  Devotees
like Visvanatha Swami, Devaraja Mudaliar and Vallimalai Swamigal
used to sing some of these songs, in the Old Hall. 

One such song is Chidambaram Tiruppugazh of Arunagri Natha,
which was sung on many occasions by Devaraja Mudaliar.  The
song starts as 'Ezhukadal manalai alavidil adhigam......'  meaning,
My miserable births are more than the sands of all the seven oceans!

The song reads like this:

My miserable births are more than the sands of all the seven oceans,
Hereafter You are my refuge, my soul and my body, I cannot die
The vultures, the jackals, the cremation grounds, the god of death, and
     Brahma, the creator, have become tired of me!
It is your debt, you are my refuge, this slave is your slave, please
     give me your feet swiftly,
You are the darling son of unequalled beauty, the emerald green
     form, your mother Uma,
When you fought the Surapadman, the whole world burnts, the
     eight directional mountains got crushed, on the feet of your
The seven oceans trembled, and you snapped the lives of demons,
     with your fiery spear,
The devas, the Sages daily adore you, and you dance in Chidambaram!*

(Saint Arunagiri Natha does not differentiate between Siva and Skanda,
  he used to call Skanda as six faced Siva.  Hence he visualizes him, as
  dancing in Chidambaram.)

(Source:  Tiruppugazh, Saint Arunagiri Natha, Publication by
  Tiruppugazh Devotees Group,  New Delhi.)

Arunachala Siva.