Tuesday 22 September 2015

Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam (wedding chapter 367-387)

367) Thathaha Purohitho Raagnya Ssvasthivaachanapoorvakam
Muneenaamanjaliputey Navarathnaakshathaandadau.

Meaning:The royal priest Brihaspathi  filled the open palms of the scholarly gathering of sages 'Navarathnas" ( nine variety of precious gems representing nine planets- ruby(sun), pearl (moon), coral (mars), emerald (mercury), yellow topaz (jupiter), diamond (venus), blue saphire (saturn), hessonite (rahu) and catseye (ketu) ).

368)They Veydamanthrai rjagadeeshamoordhni Rathnaakshathaa Nvedavidaha Prachikshipuhu
Thadaa Nrunaam Thathra Mahothsavobhoo Daakaasharaajasya Pureenivaasinaam.

Meaning:While all the scholarly Sages chanting vedas showered Lord Srinivasa with the nine-variety of precious gems, King Akaasha and his kith and kin watched in fascination.

369) Thasminkaaley Mahaaraajo Dakshinaam Brahmavaadinaam
Daapayaamaasa Santhushto Vipraisthaamboolapoorvakam.

Meaning:After the blessing ceremony, King Akaasha happily arranged for the brahmins gave away " thamboolam" (auspicious gift of betel leaves, betel nuts, vermillion, turmeric, flowers, coconuts,garments, currency and gold coins and precious gemstones).
                                       GODDESS PADMAVATHY TIRUCHANUR

370)Gavaam Kotisahasraani Chaashvaanaamayutham Thadhaa
Vasthraanaam Nichayam Raajan! Viprebhyo Daththavaanvibhuhu.

Meaning: King Akaasha gifted the brahmins with hundreds, thousands and crores of cows, horses and garments.

371)Evam Mahovathsavasthathra Samabhooddashameediney
Vadhoovarau Prathishtaapya Bhojayaamaasa Vai Thathaha.

Meaning:Thus after the grand festival was coming to a conclusion the bridegroom seated the bride and fed her meal of...

372) Annam Bahuvidham Soopa Rasabhakshyasamanvitham
Paramaannam Cha Saghritham Saksheeram Sharkaraayutham.

Meaning:Dhal, tamarind soup, savouries, milk pudding (payasam), ghee, milk, items made with sugar...

373) Purohitheyna Sahitho Bhojanam Kruthavaan Harihi
Maathraa Lakshmyaa Cha Sahithaha Puthreyna Sahithasthadhaa.

Meaning:and ate along with the Priest Vasishta, His Mother, Goddess Sridevi and His son, Lord Brahma.

374) Aakaasharaajo Dharmaathmaa BHukthavaan Krishnasannidhau
Lakshmyaa Sameythaa Dharanee Thadhaa Vakulamaalayaa.

Meaning:The virtuous King Akaasha sat next to Lord Srinivasa and his spouse Dharani Devi sat next to Goddess Sridevi and Goddess Vakula Devi....

375)Abhunkthkaannam Rasthairyuktham Pathiputhrasamanvithaa
Thathaha Prabhaathey Raajendra! Suvaasinyassureyshithuhu.

Meaning:enjoyed the delicious spread in the company of her husband and son.At the break of dawn all the Godly women (women folk of the Deva clan)...

376) Majjanam Kaarayaamaasuhu Gandhathailaissunirmalaihi
Anyonyamajjanam Thathra Chaanyonyodvarthanam Thadhaa.

Meaning:..arranged the pure and aromatic oils and perfumes with which Lord Srinivasa and Goddess Padmavathi applied on each other...

377) Haripadmaavatheedevyo Sthaa Ssahaasamakaarayan
Sa Raajaa Vipramukhyaanaam Suraanaam Bahubhojanam.

Meaning:...while the women of Deva clan joked among themselves and teased the newly weds. Meanwhile King Akaasha, feeling ecstatic gifted delicious food items to scholarly brahmins, Deva-clan...

378)Sthreenaam Cha Purushaanaam Cha Bahumaanapurassaram
Yadheshtam Daapayaamaasa Hrushta Aakaashabhoomipaha.

Meaning;....men and women large and sumptuous quantities to their satisfaction.....

379)Apoopaanvidhaamshchakrey Soopashaakaadikaamsthadhaa
Ghruthakulyaam Ksheerakulyaam Dadhikulyaam Thathahaparam.

Meaning:....like sweet pancakes, dhal, vegetables, ghee items, milk items and curd items were organised.

380) Thathaha Udhdhruthya Nikshiptham Bahirbhukthavathaam Nrunaam
Uchchishthapathrajaalam Cha Pushkalaannaadisamyutham.

Meaning:.. as food leaves containing leftover food items and savouries were thrown out.....

381) Saarameyaganaihi Keernam Raakshasaanaam Ganaisthadhaa
Evam Kolaahalam Chakrey Divasaamschathurasthadhaa.

Meaning:.....and that place was thronged by groups of Rakshasas (demons) and dogs creating extreme commotion in that area....Like this for four days....

382)Haasasthathra Vinodeyna Nithyamaaseechcha Majjanam
Divasey Panchamey Praapthey Kruthvaa Naakabalim Thadhaa.

Meaning:....amidst much fanfare and amusements the daily celebrations took place. On the fifth day after completion of a ritual called Nagavalli....

383) Kalasaamshchathuro Nyasya Deepajwaalaaviraajithaan
Vadhoovarau Prathishtaapya Rathnasimhaasaney Nrupa!

Meaning:....lighting oil lamps in four pots and seating the newly weds on a ruby-studded throne....

384) Poojayaamaasa Govindam Jaamaatharamanaamayam
Aakaasharaajo Dharmaathmaa Ksheerapaathram Kareydadhath.

Meaning:.....and holding a vessel of milk in his hand King Akaasha worshipped Lord Srinivas who is All-Knowing and black in form.

385)Maatharam Vaasudevasya Naamnaa Vakulamaalikaam
Poojayithvaa Vidhaaneyna Vasthraalankaarabhooshanaihi.

Meaning:Worshipping Lord Vasudeva's Mother Goddess Vakula Devi with jewellery and garments....

386) Naabhim Ksheereyna Sammrujjya Puthreem Padmaavatheem Thadaa
Arpayaamaasa Dukheyna Brahmanyo Raajasaththamaha.

Meaning:......with great remorse and difficulty wiped  his daughter Goddess Padmavathy's navel with milk and....

387) Mahaalakshmyaa Naabhimoolam Saghruthaksheeraseychanam
Kruthvaarpayaamaasa Puthreem Rudan Gadgadakanthavaan.

Meaning:.....similarly wiped the navel of Goddess Sridevi with milk and  his throat tightened with uncontrollable sadness as he handed over his daughter....

Sunday 20 September 2015

GODDESS OF LOVE....Radhashtami, September 21st, 2015











Radha in all beauty and splendour! Third photo is of Radha's temple in Barsana, fifth image is Radha playing the Vallaki (rudra veena)....near Vrindavan.......

Friday 18 September 2015

Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam (wedding chapter 351-366)

                                                 THE SACRED WEDDING

Guruvasishthakadhithavadhoovarapravaraadikam

Brihaspathi:-
351)Athrigothrasamudbhoothaam Suveerasya Prapauthrikaam
Sudharmanasthu Pauthreem Cha Puthreemaakaashabhoopatheyhey.

Meaning:
Preceptor Sage Vasishta announcing names of family lineage of bridegroom and bride.
Brihaspathi:- Born in Athri Gothram, great granddaughter of Suveera, granddaughter of Sudharma and daughter of King Akaasha...

352) Thvamangeekuru Govindaa! Kanyaam Kamalalochanaam
Evamukthey Mahaaraajo Mudaa Rathnaambaram Dadau.

Meaning:...please accept this lotus-eyed maiden'....as soon as Brihaspathi announced thus, King Akaasha happily offered rubies and garments.

353)Vasishtha:-
Prapauthrasya Yayaasthesthu Pauthrasyaamithatheyjasaha
Shooraseynasya Raajendra! Vasudeyvasya Bhoopatheyhey.

Meaning:Sage Vasishta:-
Afterwards Sage Vasishta announced that the great grandson of Yayathi, grandson of the most valorous Shoorasena, son of Vasudeva....

354) Puthrasya Venkateshasya Gothrey Vaasishtasanjakey
Jaathasyaathrikulothpannaam Kanyaam Kanakabhooshithaam.

Meaning:...bearer of Vasishta Gothram, Lord Srinivasa will accept the bearer of Athri gothram and one who is bedecked in jewellery.....

355) Graheeshyaamo Vayam Raajan! Thava Puthreem Nrupoththama!
Kanyaavarapravarayoho Ithyuchchaarithayoradha.

Meaning:...and your daughter as His bride'.....thus was announced and afterwards....

356) Dharanyaa Saha Raajendraha Kanyaadaanaparaayanaha
Prahrushthahrudayaha Praaha Sreenivaasam Paraathparam.

Meaning:King Akaasha supported by his spouse Dharani Devi  was enthusiastic about presenting his daughter. He told the Omniscient Lord Srinivasa...

Sreenivaasasya Vasishtaadikaarithapadmaavatheepaanigrahanothsavaha
357) Vasishtaha:-
Kanyaamimaam Pradaasyaami Gruhaana Purushoththama!
Ithyukthvaa Praakshipadraajaa Dharanyaa Sraavithaam Thadaa.

Meaning:Sage Vasishta and other dignitaries initiate the wedding of Lord Srinivasa and Goddess Padmavathi
" O Most Virtuous of mankind! I am handing over my daughter to you. Please accept her"....while Dharani Devi poured water, King Akaasha...

358) Manthrapoothaam Swaamitheerdha Dhaaraam Sakanakaam Karey
Dakshiney Sreenivaasasya Dadau Padmaavatheem Thathaha.

Meaning:King Akaasha poured Swami Pushkarini Lake water duly purified by the mantras along with gold and Goddess Padmavathi's hand in Lord Srinivasa's right hand.

359) Vidhaanam Cha Thathashchakrey Raajendra Ssapurohithaha
Poojayithvaa Jagannaadham Gandhavasthraanuleypanaihi.

Meaning: After performing other rituals conducted by the priest according to tradition and worshipping Lord Srinivasa with sandalwood.....

360) Kankanam Bandhayaamaasa Vaasudevakaraambujey
Padmaavathyaaha Karaambhojeybandhayathkankanam Guruhu.

Meaning:King Akaasha tied the gold bracelet on Lord Srivasa's arm and Brihaspathi tied the gold bracelet on Goddess Padmavathi's arm.

361) Thadhaa Maangalyasoothrasya Bandham Vaivaahikam Thadaa
Sreenivaaseyna Deyveynaa Kaaryathsapurohithaha.

Meaning:...Afterwards the priest made Lord Srinivasa tie the auspicious "mangala soothram" ( the yellow thread which binds man and woman in wedlock) around Goddess Padmavathi's neck in the following manner.

Suvaasinyaha:-
362) Saavithreeva cha Kalyaanee! Bahuputhravathee Bhava
Sarvalokasya Jananee Bhava Mangaladaayinee.

Meaning:Suvaasinis ( married women who are religiously faithful to their husbands ):-
" May you bear as many sons as Savithri and hailed as Mother of the entire Universe, may you preosper!..

363) Ithdham Sumangaleesthreeshu Gaayantheeshu Subhaasishaha
Braahmanaanaam Karasparshaath Raajashchaapi Mahaathmanaha.

Meaning:....while the  married women blessed and showered many such auspicious greetings, after brahmins and King Akaasha touched with their hands....

364) Babandha Pootham Maangalya Soothram Manthraabhimanthritham
Kanthey Padmaavatheedeyvyaa Ssreenivaaso Jagathpathihi.

Meaning:Lord Srinivasa tied the auspicious yellow thread (mangala soothram) duly purified by mantras around Goddess Padmavathi's neck.

365) Munibhissaha Vidvadbhi Rlaajairhomam Purohithaha
Vasishto Kaarayathpadmaa Vathyanjalyathaisthathaha.

Meaning:the priest along with Sage Vasishta and other qualified scholars used the grains that were held by Goddess Padmavathi in both Her palms....

366) Yajushshaakhaakrameynai Va Juhaavaagnau Yadaavidhi
Sarvam Vaivaahikavidhim Vasishtodha Samaapayath.

Meaning:...to perform the sacred homam (fire ritual) according to Yajur Veda. After Sage Vasishta performed the wedding in the said manner.....

Thursday 27 August 2015

Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam (wedding chapter 331-350)

Viyanrupakruthavarapaadaambujaprakshaalanam
331) Samaaneeya Braahmanaishcha Haripaadaavaneyjanam
Sankalpam Vidhivachchakrey Kanyaadaanasya Saadaram.

Meaning:King Akaasha washing the Lotus Feet of Lord Srinivasa

King Akaasha performed the ritual of washing the Lotus Feet of Lord Srinivasa in preparation for giving away the bride according to the prescribed rites of the holy wedding.

332)Thathaschakaara Raajendra! Madhuparkam Purohithaha
Purohithokthamanthreyna Thasya Paadaavaneyjanam.

Meaning:Later the priest who performed the wedding prepared the 'madhuparkam' (white cotton garment dipped in turmeric water and dried). After that King Akaasha repeated the mantras chanted by the priest...

333)"Sahasraseerhaaprusha" Ithi Manthram Samuchcharan
Dharanyaa Sraavithaihi Kruthvaa Swaamitheerdhajalaishbhubhaihi.

Meaning:King Akaasha chanted the holy Purusha Suktham "Sahasraseershaapurusha" while washing the lotus feet of Lord Srinivasa with his spouse Dharani Devi pouring the holy water from Swami Pushkarini lake....

334)Haripaadodakam Punyam Dadhaara Shirasaa Nrupaha
Bhaaryaam Puthram Bhraatharam Cha Bhavanam Koshameyvacha.

Meaning: and sprinkled the same holy water on his head, on his wife, son, palace, treasury....

335) Gajaagaaram Radhaagaaram Vasthraagaaram Cha Thajjalaihi
Maarjayaamaasa Raajendraha Sreenivaasaparaayanaha.

Meaning:...elephants' shelter, chariot sheds, garments' closets etc....with utmost devotion to Lord Srinivasa.

336) Raajaa:-
Adya Mey Saphalam Janma Jeevitham Cha Sujeevitham
Adya Mey Pitharasthushtaaha Vaasudevapadodakaath.

Meaning:The King said:-" The holy water (water used to wash the lotus feet of Lord Srinivasa) with which I have purified myself, my entire clan and vital surroundings has purified and elevated my life. Now my life has become worthy satisfying the spirits of my late anscestors".

337) Evamukthvaa Mahaaraajaha Kanyaam Kamalalochanaam
Alanchakrey Vichithraisthaam Alankaarairmaheepathey!

Meaning:Saying that King Akaasha proceeded to arrange for his lotus-eyed beautiful daughter Padmavathi to be decorated with exquisite accessories.

338) Thathasthu Ghantikaaghosham Kruthavaandaivachinthakaha
Sumuhoorthey Thadaa Praapthey Magalaashtakamabraveeth.

Meaning:In the meanwhile the astrologer-priest rang the bell signalling the auspicious time as he chanted the holy mantras.

Varaaya Viyanrupadaththavaivaahikabhooshanaadikam
339)Kanyaapradaanasamaye Dakshinaam Raajasaththamaha
Kotisankhyaannishkapunjaan Daththavaanveynkateyshithuhu.

Meaning:At the time of giving the bride away ('Kanya Daanam') King Akaasha presented one crore 'Maadalu' (currency) to Lord Srinivasa as an offering ('dakshina').

340)Tham Drushtvaa Dhanaraashim Thum Bhagavaanaaha Bhoomipam
Sreenivaasaha:-
Daathavyam Kim Thvayaa Raajan! Puthrasya Thava Bhoopathey!

Meaning:Looking at the currency Lord Srinivasa told King Akaasha," As your son why do I need this from you?

341) Vivaahakarmanipuno Bhavaandaanaparaayanaha
Dadasva Bhooshanaanyanga Bahurathnaanvithaani Cha.

Meaning:Your expertise in organising the wedding is evident. You are also very interested in charity service. Please present me ornaments studded with lots of precious gems".

342) Ithyuktho Vaasudeyveyna Bhooshanaani Dadau Nrupaha
Kireetam Shathabhaarasthu Kanthikaamapi Thaavatheem.

Meaning:As soon as Lord Srinivasa expressed His desire King Akaasha arranged for a crown  (100 measures) and a necklace (100 measures).

343) Punareykaam Thadardham Cha Thadardham Chaiva Kanthikaam
Padakaani Dadau Sapthaa Narghaanyadha Nrupoththamaha.

Meaning:also necklaces of 5o measures and 25 measures each with exquisite 7 lockets...

344)Maalikaam Maukthikaanaamcha Bhujabhooshanayugmakam
Karnabhooshau Maukthikaadhyaa Vamsaparyanthalambinau.

Meaning:strands of pearl chains, two ornamental shoulder bangles, ear-rings that reached all the way down to the shoulders...

345) Kankaney Rathnamaanikya Vajravaidhooryanirmithey
Dwaathrimshadbhaarasamyukthey Anarghey Datthavaan Nrupa!

346)Naagabhooshanayugmancha Baahupooraadikaamsthadhaa
Bhooshanaabguleeyaamscha Dashaanaam Veeramudrikaam.

Meaning (345 and 346): absolutely rich and showy bracelets, shoulder arm-bangles in the shape of serpents, finger-rings, medals of gallantry whose price could not be imagined or estimated and studded with rubies, diamonds, catseye and a variety of precious gems....

347) Katisoothram Swarnamayam Varavjrasamanvitham
Ekaadashashatheebhaaram Bahurathnasamanvitham.

Meaning: waist-chain studded with innumerable diamonds, in 11 measure and studded with many precious gems.....

348)Paadakey Cha Thatho Raajaa Daththavaa Nmadhughaathiney
Dadau Bhojanapaathramcha Shashtibhaarayutham Prabhoho.

Meaning: were the pair of footwear, food vessel weighing 11 measures....

349) Laghupaathrasamopeytham Bruhathpaathramapaam Thadhaa
Kambalaanaam Chathushshashtim Daththavaan Raajasaththamaha.

Meaning:..a big water vessel atop a small vessel, 64 thick rugs....

350)Bhooshanairbhooshithaangasya Kanyaadaanamadhaakaroth
Kanyaapravaramoocheydha Gurussaakshadbruhaspathihi.

Meaning: were offered to Lord Srinivasa who was decorated by varieties of ornaments as a felicitation in the bride-giving (kanya daanam) ritual. Great Sage, Brihaspathi announced the entire proceedings.

Tuesday 4 August 2015

Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam (wedding chapter310-330)

                                                              LORD SRINIVASA 

Vadathyevam Sreenivaasey Purohithamabhaashatha

Raajaa:-
310) Vilambaha Kriyathey Kasmaa Thpoojaam Kuru Ramaapatheyhe
Sa Raajavachanam Shruthvaa Dharaneem Vaakyamabraveeth.
311) Viyannrupokthyaa Vasishtha Preyritha Dharaneekrutha Sreenivaasopachaaraha
Vasishthaha:-
Arundhatheem Puraskruthya Kuru Poojaam Ramaapatheyhe.

Meaning: (310, 311)While Lord Srinivasa asked thus, King Akaasha asked the priest respectfully-" Vasishtha! Why this delay? Please offer prayers to Lord Narayana." Sage Vasishta addressed Dharani Devi, the wife of King Akaasha...

312) Saa Sambhramaa Thsamuthdhaaya Baashpasandigdhalochanaa
Mukham Vilokya Raajendra! Krishnasya Nrupavallabhaa.

Meaning:Sage Vasishta said, " Please offer prayers to Lord Srinivasa with the help of Arundhathi." Dharani Devi who is the beloved wife of King Akaasha stood up hesitantly and with tear-filled eyes looked at the lotus-face of Lord Srinivasa....

313) Mathvaa Kruthaardhamaathmaanam Aanandaparipoojithaa
Salajjaa Poojayaamaasa Sachchidaanandavigraham.

Meaning:Dharani Devi considered herself as most fortunate and with great joy and feeling bashful she offered her prayers to Lord Srinivasa.

314) Thaam Dhrushtvaa Yoshitha Ssarvaaha Vismayaakulamaanasaaha
Praahuhu Prahrushtahrudayaaha Dharaneem Raajavallabhaam.

Meaning:The women folk looked at Dharani Devi in awe feeling happy in their hearts and told her...

315)Yoshithaha:-
Kim Thvayaa Charitham Punyam Poorvajanmani Hey Dharey!
Vaasudevaarchanavidhau Nirmithaa Parameyshthinaa.

Meaning: "Due to your innumerable good deeds in all your previous births, Lord Brahma Himself has created you giving you the status of personally offering your prayers to Lord Srinivasa...

316)Yaa Thvamiddham Poojayasi Saakshaannaaraayanam Svayam
Ithyevam Samsthuthaa Devee Dharanee Raajavallabhaa.

Meaning:who is none other than Lord Narayana Himself and you are so fortunate to perform His prayers...."

317) Thailakarpooragandheyna Chandaneyna Sugandhinaa
Archayaamaasa Kalyaanee Sreenivaasam Sureshvaram.

Meaning:Dharani Devi used perfumed oils, raw camphor, fragrant sandalwood....

318) Vasthrairnaanaavidhaihi Rathnaihi Mukthaanirmithabhooshanaihi

Meaning: new garments, varieties of precious gem stones, ornaments studded with pearls for offering prayers to the Lord.

319)Divyaalankaaraalankruthasreenivaasasya Saparikaranrupamandirapraveyshaha

Thathaha Purohithaagnyapthaha Puraanapurushoththamam
Gajamaaropayadraajaa Jaamaatharamanaamayam
Sahitho Vaasudevasthu Brahmanaa Shambhunaa Thadhaa.

Meaning:Lord Srinivasa decorated in exquisite and fine jewellery proceeds towards King Akaasha's palace along with His family.
Afterwards King Akaasha seated Lord Srinivasa, the Lord of scriptures and far removed from afflictions on Elephant Airavatha. Lord Srinivasa along with Lord Brahma, Lord Rudra...

320) Kubeyraanaahiraajeyna Garudeynaagninaa Thadhaa
Vaayunaa Varuneynaapi Yameyna Maruthaam Ganaihi.

Meaning:...Lord Kubera, Lord Adi Sesha, Lord Garuda, Lord Agnihothra (Fire), Lord Vayu (Wind), Lord Varuna (Rain), Lord Yama (Death), clan of Marudgana, wife and children...

321) Vasishtaadimunisreshtaihi Sadaaraissasuthaisthadhaa
Jagaama Raajabhavanam Rathnathoranamanditham.

Meaning:...Sage Vasishta and other monks, they reached the palace which was decorated by rubies......

322)Naanaajanasamaakeernam Naanaalankaaramanditham
Mahaavaadyasvanairyuktham Deepaayuthavideepitham.

Meaning:...filled with huge crowds, decorated beautifully, melodious music resonating in the air and innumerable lamps illuminating the palatial structure.

323)Jaamaathrusahitho Raajaa Dwaarathoranasannidhau
Chathurangabalam Mukthva Gruhaanthargamthumudyathaha.

Meaning:...King Akaasha, leaving the four-winged army accompanying his aristocratic son-in-law Lord Srinivasa and as he was entering the palace....

324)Thathraantharey Sreenivaasam Neeraajayithumaagathaa
Thondamaanrupatheyrbhaaryaa Kumkumodakabhaajanam.

Meaning: KingThondaman's wife brought a pot of water mixed with vermillion (used in the ritual meant for removing negative/afflicted aura)....

325)Samaadaayaashu Kalyaanee Vaasudeyvamapoojayath
Thathaha Pashchaachreenivaasaha Praavishadraajamandiram.

Meaning:...and performed the "harathi" ritual and the Divine Lord Srinivasa....

326) Dvaaraanyatheethyaadha Bahooni Maadhavo Raagnyaa Sameytho Bhavanam Pravishya
Rathnaasaney Raajavinirmithey Harihi Raraaja Raajeevasamaananeythraha.

Meaning: Accompanied by the King Lord Srinivasa entered crossed many gates to enter the King's palace and finally the Square Hall to be seated on a ruby-studded throne.

327) Chathusthambhaam Rathnaveydeem Adhishtaapya Khagadhvajam
Parivaarya Cha Thasthusthey Munayo Veethakalmashaaha.

Meaning:Great sages and monks who had created history were seated surrounding the Lord.

328) Brahmaanamagrathaha Kruthvaa Sarvey Deyvaa Yadhaasukham
Swarnaasaney Samaaseenaaha Pashyantho Nayanothsavam.

Meaning:The clan of Devas (Godly clan) first seated Lord Brahma and then seated themselves on golden thrones and feasted on the surroundings with their eyes....

329) Thathsa Raajaa Dharmaathmaa Chakrey Mangalamajjanam
Saapi Snaathvaa Mahaaraaja! Thaileyna Cha Sugandhinaa.

Meaning:As soon as King Akaasha finished his auspicious bath, even Dharani Devi bathed with perfumed oils...

330) Alanchakaaraalankaaraihi Svaathmaanam Raajavallabhaa
Swamipushkarineethoyam Hemakumbhaprapooritham.

Meaning:and decorated herself with jewels. Filling golden pots with water from the Swami Pushkarini lake she sent it through brahmins....

Friday 24 July 2015

Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam (wedding chapter295-309)

                                                          LORD SRINIVASA

Vivaahaahaardham Sreenivaasaanayanaaya Thanmandiram Prathi Nrupaagamanam
295) Dadau Cha Dakshinaa Thaamboolancha Dvijanmanaam
Evambhoothey Maheepaala! Kalyaanadivasey Hareyhe.

Meaning:King goes to the temple to fetch Lord Srinivasa for the wedding
After all the procedures that had taken place on Lord Srinivasa's wedding day

296) Shukravaarey Dashamyaancha Saayankaaley Viyanrupaha
Chathurangabalam Sarvam Nidhaaya Purathaha Sutham.

Meaning:On the evening of Friday, Dasami Thithi, along with His son leading the " Chathuranga Balam" ( four wings of army comprising of elephants, chariots, cavalry and infantry)...

297) Vasudaanam Mahaaraaja! Thondamaanancha Sodaram
Purohitham Puraskruthya Saha Sambandhibaandhavaihi.

Meaning: along with Thondaman who was the brother of Vasudasa, the priest, relatives...

298) Airaavatham Mahaanaagam Rathnakambalabhooshitham
Megharaadvarnasamyuktham Badhdhaghantaakulaanvitham.

Meaning: with the complexion of the blue sky, decorated by bells, ruby-studded garment spread over His back....

299) Rakthadantham Mahaaraavam Karnabadhdhasuchaamaram
Purandaram Puraskruthya Gajamairaavatham Thadhaa.

Meaning:along with the royal elephant Airavatha who had red teeth, growled loudly, had beautiful fans fitted to its ears, along with Lord Indra, the priest...

300) Aahvaanakaaranaathpraapthaha Sreenivaasalayam Thadaa
Thasmin Mahaagruhey Raajan! Ayuthasthambhashobhithaam.

Meaning:went to the residence of Lord Srinivasa. That castle had thousand pillars...

301) Sabhaam Chakaara Rathnaadhyaam Vishvakarmaa Vibhoho Priyaam
Thathraaseenaaha Mahaabhaagaaha Brahmaadyaaha Sarvadevathaaha.

Meaning:The Conference Hall studded with precious gems was dearest to Lord Srinivasa and constructed by Viswakarma. In that Hall Devas along with Lord Brahma....

302) Vishwaamithro Bharadwaajo Vasishto Gauthamasthadhaa
Bhrugurathrihi Pulasthyascha Vaalmeekirmidhileyshwaraha.

Meaning:Sage Viswamithra, Sage Bharadwaja, Sage Vasishta, Sage Gauthama, Sage Bhrugu, Sage Athri, Sage Pulasthya, Sage Valmiki, Sage Janaka....

303) Vaikhaanasashcha Durvaasaa Maarkandeyo dha Gaalavaha
Dadheechishchyavano Raajan! Sanakascha Sanandanaha.

Meaning: Sage Vaikhanasa, Sage Durvasa, Sage Markandeya, Sage Galava, Sage Dadheechi, Sage Chyavana, Sage Sanaka, Sage Sananda...

304) Ethey Sreshtathamaa Lokey Munayo Veethakalmashaaha
Jataamakutabhooshaangaaha Jvalathkrupnaajinaambaraaha.

Meaning:people who created history, world famous personalities, long-haired, with elaborately decorated head gear and sages who wore brilliantly shining Krishnajina (yagnopavitham).....

305) Kashyapasthu Puraskruthya Samaaseenaaha Sabhaantharey
Thanmadhye Vaasudevasthu Rathnakambalasamyuthaha.

Meaning:...appointing Sage Kashyapa as their Director seated themselves in the Conference Hall. Lord Srinivasa was seated on a ruby-studded carpet that was spread in the middle of the conference.

306) Kruthaanjaliputasthasdhau Brahmaa Lokapithaamahaha
Thathsabhaadvaaramaasaadya Raajaa Sathyaparaakramaha.

Meaning:The Father of the entire Universe, the Four-Faced Lord Brahma stood with joined hands. King Akaasha who was a great warrior neared the gates of the Conference Hall...

307) Purohitham Puraskruthya Sampraaptho Harisannidham
Samuththasdhau Vaasudevo Drishtvaa Raajaanamaagatham.

Meaning:accompanied by the priest. On seeing the King Lord Srinivasa rose from His seat...

308) Parirambhanamaasaadya Bhagavaan Vaakyamabraveeth
SREENIVAASAHA:-
Bhavaan Sreshtathamothyantham Vrudhdhosi Nrupasaththama.

Meaning:embraced the King and exclaimed," O King! Even though you are old you are great!

309) Kimardhamaagathosi Thvam Madgruham Raajasaththama!
Vasudaanasthu Raajendra! Samaahvaaney Niyojaya.

Meaning: Why did you have to come to my residence?! You could have sent your son Vasuda to invite me!!"

Thursday 23 July 2015

Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam (wedding chapter 272-294)

                                                      GODDESS PADMAVATHI

Sreenivaasaagnyayaa Thondamaanrupakrutha Divyaannasajjeeekaranam

272) Raathristhu Panchaghatikaa Samabhoochcha Thadhaa Thathaha
Jagaama Bhavanam Raajan! Svakeeyam Raajavallabhaha.

Meaning:  Following the orders of Lord Srinivasa Thondaman prepares exotic meal.
King Akaasha left at 5 ghadiyas in the night ( ghadiya is a hindu hour which consists of 24 english minutes ) for his Palace.

273) Thadaa Gatho Mahaaraaja! Thondamaano Maheepathey
Thamaaha Karunam Sreemaan Sreenivaasaha Kshudhaardithaha.

Meaning:At that time Thondaman had arrived. Lord Srinivasa was extremely hungry and He desperately....

274) SREENIVASAHA:
Vaivaahikajanaassarvey Upavaasaparaayanaaha
Ahancha Mama Puthrascha Maathaa Suraadayaha.

Meaning: Lord Srinivasa said:"People who have all come for the wedding are starving, not to mention Myself, my son Lord Brahma, my Mother, Goddess Vakulamalika, the Devas.....

275) Bhaaryaa Pathivrathaa Lakshmeehi Kshudhayaa Parimohithaaha
Theyshaamannam Mahaaraja! Bhakshyaani Vividhaani Cha.

Meaning:...my spouse Lakshmi....we all are awfully hungry. Organise meals, varieties of savouries....

276) Kuru Raajan! Sathvarasthvam Rusheenaa Moordhvareythasaam
Paakasthvathra Visesheyna Karthavyo Jaathavedasaa.

Meaning:...immediately. Agnihothra can arrange for suitable meals for the Sages who have conquered their sensory organs.

277) Mamaapi Cha Preyshaneeyam Pakvaannam Raajasaththama!
Vaasudeyvavachaha Shruthvaa Vasudhesho Braveedhdhdareem.

Meaning:You have to send cooked rice for me immediately"..as Srinivasa spoke Thondaman told....

278) Thondamaanaha:
Idam Shareeram Jagadeesha! Raajyam Thvadeeyameythadhdhi Mukundamoorthey
Saro Yadhaa Lokagathim Prapannaha Thadhaa Mamaannam Prathi Muhyasi Thvam.

Meaning:O Lord Narayana Incarnate Lord Srinivasa! The entire Universe is ruled You. But you are appealing for food like a normal human being.

279) Evamukthvaa Mahaaraaja! Jagaama Bhavanam Svakam
Kshaneyna Kaarayaamaasa Paakam Raajaa Havirbhujaa.

Meaning:Thondaman expressed his disbelief thus and went to his house and arranged for Lord Agnihothra to cook...

280) Rusheenaam Vedavidushaam Suraanaam Surayoshithaam
Raajaannamarpayaamaasa Vipraanaam Chaa Nnakaankshinaam.

Meaning:and served the scholarly Sages, Devas, women folk of the Deva clan, the starving brahmins who craved for food.

281)Bhojanam Kruthavanthasthey Bhakshyaannarasasamyutham
Vaasudevaaya Raajendraha Preyshayaamaasa Saadaraha..

Meaning:After all of them finished their meal of varieties of savouries and juices, for the sake of Lord Srinivasa....

282)Annam Bahuvidham Bhakshyam Samaasham Madhusamyutham
Svayam Sameythya Raajendrokalpayadbhojanam Hareyhe.

Meaning:Thondaman brought specially prepared varieties of dishes made out of green gram and honey and placed them along with cooked rice.

283) Bubhujey Purushasreshtho Lakshmyaa Cha Parameyshthinaa
Maathraa Cha Sahitho Raajan! Saseysho Garudaanvithaha.

Meaning:Lord Srinivasa enjoyed the feast along with Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Brahma-the four-faced One, Mother Goddess Vakulamalika, Lord Adiseshu, and Lord Garuda.

284) Dathvaa Vasthraani Divyaani Jaamaathuhu Shreepathenrupa
Jagaama Bhavanam Raajaa Vaasudevaagnyayaa Thadaa.

Meaning: The King presented new garments to the son-in-law to be and after taking leave of Him left for his residence.

285)Gathey Raagni Mahaaraaja! Sreenivaasasthvaraanvithaha
Nidraam Chakaara Vidhivath Nirdoshopi Sukhaasaney.

Meaning:As soon as the King left, Lord Srinivasa could not sleep. He pretended to sleep on a soft bed like a normal human being.

286) Evam Gathaa Cha Saa Raathrihi Prabhaathasamayo Bhavath
Poorvadevaguro rvaaraha Sampraaptho Rashameediney.

Meaning:The night went by and in the morning after Suprabhatham (celebrating the breaking of dawn) it was a Friday, and the thithi was Dashami (10th lunar day).

287) Samuthdhitho Vaasudevaha Kruthamangalamajjanaha
Vasishtamabraveedraajan! Bhagavaan Venkateswaraha.

Meaning:Lord Srinivasa woke up and performed the ritualistic holy bath and spoke to Sage Vasishta...

288) SREE BHAGAVAAN:
Sahaiva Bhojanam Kaaryam Lakshmyaa Cha Parameyshthinaa
Maathraa Purohitheynaapi Vayam Panchaannavarjithaaha.

Meaning: The Lord said, " O Sage! Myself, Goddess Lakshmi, The Four-Faced Lord Brahma, My Mother Goddess Vakulamalika and the priest, the five of us...

289)Raagnyasthubhavaney Raajaa Raajapathnee Pathivrathaa
Kanyaa Purohitho Bhraathaa They Pi Panchaannavarjithaaha.

290) Evamukthvaa Visishtanthu Puriohitha! Marindama!
Kuberamabraveedraajan! Sreenivaasaha Sathaam Gathihi.

Meaning for 289, 290: King Akaasha, his wife, the bride Padmavathi, their priest and brother of the bride ...we all should not eat. We can eat only time (presumably on the wedding day). And the Lord addressed Lord Kubera thus...

291) SREENIVAASAHA:
Gachcha Yakshaganaadhyaksha Raajaanam Viprakaaranaath
Ithi Thadvachanam Shruthvaa Yaksharaadraajasaththamam.

Meaning: .." Pass on this message through brahmins to King Akaasha." Then Lord Kubera...

292)Gathvaaha Bhaaratheem Punyaam Sreenivaaseyna Bhaashithaam
Kuberaha:
Bhojanam Thvrushimukhyaanaam Karthavyam Poorvameyva Hi.

Meaning:Lord Kubera after conveying Lord Srinivasa's message to King Akaasha said, " O King! Please arrange for the meals of the scholarly Sages and Brahmins now itself because...

293) Muhoorthakaalo Raathrau Thu Naadikaasyusthrayodasha
Thadaa Saadhyam Mahaaraja! Raathryaam Braahmanabhojanam.

Meaning:...the muhurtha (auspicious time) of the wedding is at 13 ghadiyas ( ghadiya is a Hindu Hour which consists of 24 English minutes) and they will not be able to eat around that time".

294) Ithi Sandishya Raajaanam Kuberaha Punaraagathaha
Thadhaa Chakaara Raajatshihi Bhojanam Brahmavaadinaam.

Meaning: Lord Kubera returned after he conveyed the required arrangements. Lord Akaasha arranged for the scholarly Sages and Brahmins immediately according to the requirements.

Friday 17 July 2015

Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam (wedding chapter 257-271)

                                                             GODDESS DURGA

257) Vaasudevasya Ye Bhakthaaha Theynyonyam Parireybhirey.

Sreenivaasasya Padmaavathyaa Saha Durgaadarshanapoorvakam Purapraveyshaha

Nagaradwaaranilayaam Durgaa Maasaadya Bhakthithaha.

Meaning: Lord Srinivasa along with Goddess Parvathi prayed to Goddess Durga and entered the township.
Devotees of God from both sides ( i.e. from Lord Srinivasa's and Goddess Padmavathi's sides respectively) embraced each other.

258) Padmaavathyanugo Maayee Deyveem Nathvaa Viseyshathaha
Varam Yayaachey Govindaha " Kuru Bhaaryaamimaa" Mithi.

Meaning: Lord Srinivasa followed Goddess Padmavathi to the temple of Goddess Durga  situated near the gates of the township and appealed to Goddess Durga for a boon, " Please present this Padmavathi to me as my wife!"

259)Padmaavathee Visaalaakshee Saavithree Varamuththamam
Pathim Kuru Ramaanaatham Sreenivaasam Jaganmayam.

Meaning:  Even the wide-eyed Goddess Padmavathi prayed to Goddess Durga " Please present Lord Srinivasa who pervades the entire Universe to me as my husband."

260) Ithi Vruthvaa Cha Saa Deyveem Nathvairaavathamaashrithaa
Garudaskandhamaaroodho Bhagavaan Bhakthavathsalaha.

Meaning:After praying Goddess Padmavathi sat on the elephant named "Airavatham" and Lord Srinivasa, who is ever compassionate to His devotees sat astride Lord Garuda.

261) Deepakaisthailasamsikthaihi Sahasraayuthasankhyaikaihi
Laajaan Pushpaanyakshathaamscha Vikiradbhirithasthathaha.

Meaning: As thousands of oil lamps shined brightly everywhere while flowers, turmeric-soaked rice, malted grains showered from either sides...

262) Sthuvadbhirvandivrunaischa Sasoothairmaagadhairapi
Aaseervaadam Prakurvadbhirveydaghoshapurassaram.

Meaning:  As loud chants of prayers and vedas reverberated in the surroundings....

263)Brahmaadibhihi Surasreshthaihi Bhoosuraihi Sukapoorvakaihi
Sreenivaasam Prapashyadbhihi Pauranaareenarairvruthaha.

Meaning: in the company of people belonging to Lord Brahma's Deva (Godly) sect, sages who belonged to the sect of Sri Suka's brahmin,  large crowds of men and women whose eyes feasted on the sight of Lord Srinivasa.......

264)Veenaavenumrudangaanscha Panavaanakadundhubheen
Vaadayarbhirjanaischaanyaihi Vaaranaareeganaisthadhaa.

Meaning: Along with general crowds and groups of entertainers who played the veena, flute, drums, cymbals, dundhubhis.....

265) Gandharvairgaananipunaihi soothaamaathyaischa Samyuthaha
Aakasharaajo Dharmaathmaa Sreenivaasaparaayanaha.

Meaning:accompanied by expert vocalists, Gandharva (celestial beings) musicians, charioteers and ministers,  the wise and just King Akaasha who is unflinchingly devoted and loyal to Lord Srinivasa..

266) Padmaavathyaa Sameytham Tham Sreenivaasam Sasambhramam
Sanchaarayan Samnthaachcha Naaraayanapurey Shanaihi.

Meaning:led Lord Srinivasa who was accompanied by Goddess Padmavathi towards Narayanapuram in a grand procession..

267) Rambhaasthambhaihi Ikshudandaihi Poogeepothairalankrutham
Rasaalapallavayuthihi Poornakumbhairalankrutham.

Meaning: decorated by plantain trees, sugar cane trees, betel nut trees, decorated by pots filled with tender mango leaves....

268)Mukthaajaalaavruthaischaanyaihi Padmaraagaviraajithaihi
Vajravaidhooryakhachithaihi Indraneelasamaprabhaihi.

Meaning: decorated by attractive strands of pearls, strings of lotus flowers, while gem stones like diamonds, cat's eyes, saphires, rubies shined brilliantly...

269) Thadhaa Marakathaprakhyaihi Thoranairupashobhitham
Kunkumodakasampoorna Kanthkanakabhaajanaihi.

Meaning: festoons studded with emeralds, golden pots over flowing with red water (mixture of water and vermillion)...

270) Sthreebhirneeraajayantheebhihi Raajamaanachathushpadham
Vedithrayam Parikramya Vaasudevaalayam Yayau.

Meaning:accompanied by women who offered brightly lit camphor and after circulating the three stages arranged in the middle of beautifully decorated four-crossing roads, King Akaasha led Lord Srinivasa to a house specially arranged for the stay of the Lord..

271) Praveshayaamaasa Varam Sumandiram Shree Venkatesham Bahurathnasammitham
Thadbandhukhandam Munivaryaguptham Balam Yayau Naadhanikeythaneshu.

Meaning:The bridegroom entered the house which was decorated by rubies. His relatives were given royal suites for their stay.