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Sri periyaazhvaar's thiru nakshatthiram

From: Parthasarati Dileepan (MFPD_at_UTCVM.UTC.EDU)
Date: Thu Jun 16 1994 - 19:25:36 PDT

This Sunday (6/19/94) is Sri periyaazvaar's thiru nakshatthiram.
The following is the ninth pasuram, dedicated to periyaazvaar,
in Swami Desikan's prabhandasaaram.

\bt
pEraNintha villiputthoo raani thanniR
peruNYsOthi thaniRROnRum perumaa NnEmun
seeraNintha paaNdiyanRan NneNYsu thanniR
RiyakkaRamaal paratthuvatthai thiRamaac seppi
vaaraNamEn mathuraivalam varavE vaanin
maalkaruda vagananaayth thOnRa vaaztthu
mEraNipal laaNdumuthaR paattu naanooR
Rezupatthon RiraNdumenak kuthavu neeyE.
\et

In the above:

\bt
    villiputthoo raani = villiputthoor aani  (aani maatham)
    peruNYsOthi = suvaathi  (suvaathi nakshatthiram)
\et

This pasuram describes the occassion when periaazvaar won a bag of
gold coins in the court of the paandiyan king Srivallapa dEvan.
This occassion was marked by periyaazvaar singing the now well
known, "pallaaNdu pallaaNdu pallaayiratthaaNdu."

Note that a count of the number of pasurams attributed to periyaazvaar
is given at the end.  This prabhandam contains one pasuram for
each aazvaar and one for Sri Ramanuja.  Each pasuram gives the
count of the number of pasurams attributed to that particular aazvaar.
At the end, in two pasurams, the counts are summarized.  Obviously, they
add up to 4000.

It is in this prabhandam that Swami Desikan proudly claims himself to be
thamizmaraiyOn!

If interested I can post the entire prabhandam (18 verses).



Regards,

P. Dileepan