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thirup pAvai - part 10 - mArgazhi the tamizh word

From: Thirumalai Anandanpillai (
Date: Tue Dec 16 1997 - 22:26:57 PST

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mArgazhi - the tamizh word  -

ANDAL thiruvadikaLE saraNam

     The  month  mArgazhi  is a  tamil  word  that is  adopted  by
sanskrit  as claimed by some tamil  scholars.  maar in tamil means
maarik  kaalam, i.e., the mazhaik  kaalam i.e., the rainy seasons.
kazhi (not kali or kaLi) means that which is past.  Together it is
"that month that is past the rainy  season".  The rainy season for
south  India is in  October  November.  And the month of  December
(mArgazhi)  starts right after that.  The rain  tenders the mother
earth and hence the earth is most desirable  (ready - or pakkuvam)
for (yielding) the crops (end result) that is to be  traditionally
harvested  in "thai"  month.

	This is the month  when the earth is tender and
soft (as ANDAL herself as Sri Booma Devi) and is considered as the
most  pleasant  month for many in  particular  with respect to the
soils.  That it is easy to cultivate  the same.  The month is also
indicating  the  "patham" or  pakkuvam  that the mother  earth has
reached  a  tender  state to yield  the  results  (upEyam)  in the
following  "thai" month.  i.e., This word maargazhi also means the
pakkuvam  of the  jivAtmA  such  that  this is the month  when the
torrential  rainy  season  (rain is compared to  samsaaram in many
cases) is already  over, (i.e., prior to this state) and that this
jivAtmA is ready or have the pakkuvam that this is the apt time to
surrender to the Lord.

ANDAL thiruvadikaLE saraNam
Sampath Rengarjan