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thoo nilA muRRam - part 13 - "nathi vaLam"

From: Sampath Rengarajan (
Date: Tue May 25 1999 - 21:38:03 PDT

thoo nilA muRRam - part 13  - "nathi vaLam"

Dear bAgawathAs,

	This holy city of  kumbakonam  is garlanded by thiru kAuveri
on both sides as kauveri wanted to garlands Sri Amudhan.  The  river
kauveri bifurcates west of kumbakonam and branch itself into two and
comes around  garlanding  Sri  Amudhan.  When  the  original kauveri
continues  to  go  on  the northern part of kumbakonam, the southern
part known as dakshina kAuveri is in tamil known as "Ari sol ARu" or
ArasalARu, named after "Hari"  or  Sri  ArA  amuthan  HIMself.  Some
worthy references pasurams 4000 are such as  "ponni  maNi  kozhikkum
poong kudanthai" and kAveri karai kudanthai. There is  a  reason for
this branching that is presented in Sri thulA  kAuveri  purAnam.  It
is also presented as follows.

"kAuvEri chOLa boo mAthA mAlArttham chArngiNa: purAdavithA
boothA kumbakOnAth pacchimAyAm muneechvara"
	            42 chapter BrahmAnda purANam on Sri Oppiliappan

                   kOil or AkAsa nagari

The ArasalARu should not be underestimated as well.  This  ArasalARu
is  also is kauveri. It is explained in the same chapter 46th slokam
as "vahathE dhakshiNE yasya chArnginOhikavOrajA". This "theN kAuveri"
is also very special and is addressed in 43rd slokam  as "thathra yA
dhakshiNa vahA sAbi pApaprNAsinee". There is a  special  reason that
is explained  about  these  river in Sri  Oppiliappan thala purANam.
Much more great details of this city  and  the  kAuveri  mahimai can
also be read from several publications.

	Traditionaly thanjavur  used  to  be the  capital  of chOzha
kingdom.  However,  thiru kudanthai  was also a capital for sometime
during the earlier chOla regime. The great  tanjore delta  known  as
"chOzha nAdu sORu udaitthu"  in tamil  is expanded around this city.
Look every where, it is all greenary and paddy fields. Many  AzhwArs
have lost themselves in the "iyaRkai vaLam" or the boundless natural
beauty of this kshEthtam.

Sri  kOmaLa  vaLLi  thAyAr  samEtha  Sri  ArA  amudhan thiruvadikaLE
Sampath Rengarajan


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