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Decad of the head
« on: November 13, 2008, 11:27:47 AM »
Chenni Pathu or the Decad of the Head, is a composition of Saint
Manikkavachagar, in Tiruvachakam.  The composition consists
of 10 verses and was sung in Tirup Perundurai.

Verse 1 reads like this:

The god of gods, the true Protector, the Lord of Tirup Perundurai,
The god who cannot be comprehended even by the three gods*   
                                                      and is the Form of Bliss,
No one can comprehend Him, excepting his true devotees and
                                                       is the Form of Effulgence,
I want to place my head on his pure lotus like feet and be blissful.

(* three gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra.)

Verse 3 reads like this:

O girls look at me, our Lord, who has taken hold of us,
The Lord of Tirup Perundurai, surrounded with gardens and
                                     orchards, our Master, the true Protector,
He shall take away the bangles from our hands*, and also
                                      our life but he will do the work given to him!**
I want to place my head on his pure lotus like feet and be blissful.   

(* taking away the bangles from our hands, imply that we, the girls
  have become lean due to our separation from him, and the bangles
  had slided!  It also means Siva's holy divine play in Madurai, where
  he came as a bangle seller and was touching, putting and taking away
  the bangels of women!   ** He will do the work given to him, he will
  be our servant, as he did in case of Manikkavachagar, when Siva
  came as a horse trader bringing horses for the Pandya King.)

(Source:  Tiruvachakam, Tamil, Saiva Siddhanta Book Publishing House,
Chennai.  Translation, my own.)