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thoo nilA muRRam - part 14 - "nagar vaLam"

From: Sampath Rengarajan (
Date: Tue May 25 1999 - 21:40:25 PDT

thoo nilA muRRam - part 14  - "nagar vaLam"

Dear bAgawathAs,

    In a very classical way our Sri nammAzhwAr describes the "vaLam"
or the proseperity of this city as  "seerAr  sennal  kavari  veesum
sezhu neer  thiru kudanthai"  ie.,  These  paddy  fields  that  are
surrounding this place is so special that when the air that breezes
past this paddy field a wetness or "eeram" comes to us. The sparsam
of this "eera kARRu" or wet  air,  makes  one's "uLLam"  also  very
pleasant. It constantly reminds one of the prosperity of this place
in terms of its rich  "nel vaLam"  or  the rich  paddy banks during

       A celestial expert must have done the town planning for this
town in the  olden  days.  The  town  has  well  planned  roads and
sqaure cutting roads around the temple resembles french city  plan.
There are so many tanks inside the city itself as reservoir for the
kauveri  river water. There are several gardens in and around every
backyard  and as well in public places. There are gardens where one
can see jasmine kodi and beetle leaves kodis known as kodi thOttam.
Constant water supply is needed to breed "kodi thOttams". There are
many lilly  ponds and lotus ponds. There are several kazhani or vAy
kAl or a small branch of the river used for irrigation running  all
through the city as similar to the nurves running through the human
body (*). There were  and  are  many scholars who hailed from here.
Many great  AchAryAs have also incarnated in this holy city. There
are many beautiful pAvaimAr or woman who match with the beauty  of
this city. The temple compund walls are huge and runs through  the
middle of the city as similar to a storng back bone.

      The city keeps growing in population and as well with modern
facilities. There are several schools, and couple of colleges (one
is the oldest of its kind in the whole state) and several theaters
(for drAma and movie) and very huge vegetable market for the whole
neighborhood villages  (every  one  assemble  here).  This  city's
is immeasurable as similar to the Lord Sri amuthan's kalyAna gunAs.
The bursting growth is  sustained  by  the  grace  of the Lord Sri

Sri  kOmaLa  vaLLi  thAyAr  samEtha  Sri  ArA amudhan thiruvadikaLE
Sampath Rengarajan

note: It is required to write about  the  city  that  attracted  so
many AzhwArs (of those days)  and mahAns (of these days) simply due
to its beauty.

(*)  Some  of  them that  were  constructed  350  years ago are dry,
shame on kauveri water distribution polcies for the last  25 years.


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