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Tayumanavar Songs
« on: December 01, 2008, 12:16:51 PM »
There is one composition under the title, Malai Valar Kadhali,
meaning, the Queen reared by the Mountain, meaning Uma.

With the unbearable poverty, my body is withering like a mudpot
    that is holding salt,
I went to the rich fellows who are proud and asked for wealth
     to help me in miseries,
What use?  Brahma then sent me incurable diseases due to my
And all my activities are only to quell my hunger in this six-inch*
     stomach, have I ever done service to your devotees?
Enjoying his* great Tamil songs, He went to  Paravai**'s house
     many a times, again and again!
How can He say that His feet and head cannot be fathomed?***
     the Vedas also say that.
It is all bluff, O the Queen of the Mountain, green like a parrot!
The beloved eye like daughter, of Himavan, O Uma the lover of

(* Here it is Sundarmoorthy. ** Siva after enjoying the songs
of Sundaramoorthy, went for his sake to Paravai, his wife's
house in Tiruvarur as a go-between, to settle the love fight
between the husband and wife.  When He has walked so tiringly,
many times, ***how can  He say that His feet and head
could not be fathomed by Vishnu and Brahma?  The poet-saint
says, it ios all bluff!  He is telling this to his Mother Uma, the
daughter of Himavan, Hymavati.)

(Source: Tayumanavar's Songs.  Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam,
Tiru Paraithurai, near Tiruchirappali.  Translation and Prose rendering,
my own.)

Arunachala Siva.