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Why, Mother Uma, you have not given anything to me?
« on: April 15, 2009, 02:43:27 PM »
There was one small village called PoRkalanthai, near Rameswaram.
There was only poet by name Thambiran, there.  As usual, he was
suffering from acute poverty, without even food and clothes.  He
went to Rameswaram and prayed to Paravtavalli and Ramanatha.
He with tears sang before Parvatavalli, Uma:

O Mother, you gave VEL (Spear) to Muruga in Tiruchendur to kill
   the demons!
You then gave KAL (leg) at the time of wedding*, to your bridegroom
You then gave PAL (breast milk) to your foster son Jnana Sambandha
    in Seerkazhi!
You also gave KOL (sugarcane bow) to Manmatha**, who is also
     your son!
What have you given, O my Mother, don't you see my poverty?

(* The bride, usually in Hindu marriages, extends her leg for the
bridegroom on the rolling stone, for washing, as a ritual before Saptapati.
** Manamtha is also Uma's son vide Sri Soundarya Lahari.)

(Source: Stray Tamil Verses, K. Subramania Pillai, Shantha Publishers,
Chennai - 600 014.)

Arunachala Siva.