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Goda ( Andal) weds Sri Ranga nath( Krishna)

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Govind Gopal Radha Lola Madhusudana Madhava he Murare 

The melodious voice of Perialwar is being heard by the devotees who visit Vatapatra Sai temple early in the morning. The gentle breeze is blowing over the flowers which are nodding their heads in delight. Yes soon they will find themselves plucked and made into a garland...then they will reach the ultimate position coveted by many...the heart of Vata patrasayi..Srikrishna who is there in the garbha Griha of the temple.


. The temple existed in Srivilliputtur  Tamilnadu.  Perialwar who is also called Vishnu Chitra was a devotee of Vishnu.He was always filled with thoughts of Vishnu and his avatars. Perialwar was particularly attached to Sri Krishna, one of Vishnu's Avatars. Apart from Vatapathrasayee, his one other favorite deity was Sri Ranganatha(Lord Vishnu) of Srirangam. Perialwar would always sing hymns on Sri Krishna and Sri Ranganatha. One of his daily ritual was to collect flowers from the garden, make a garland with them  and offer it to Vatapatrasayee Krishna.


  That day also  he  was singing hymns on Sri Krishna, when he heard a baby cry. The cry of the baby puzzled him. He went around the garden in search of the crying sound. To his surprise, he saw a baby who is  under the Tulasi bushes. With all his eyes on the baby, Perialwar put his basket down and slowly bent towards the baby. It was a pretty baby girl. 


Vishnuchitta held the baby with care and searched for her parents. Nobody was there. The baby stopped crying. He  took a close look at the baby. He was astonished by that baby's flawless beauty. Perialwar cuddled the baby close to his heart. Perialwar thought only his "Vatapathrasayee had blessed him with this beautiful baby because Perialwar did not have any kids of his own. He named the baby "Godaai (beautiful garland) and took her home.
Godaa grew up hearing to Krishna stories and feeling him with her day and night. She dreamt of the blue skinned God handsome with lotus eyes and lived in his thoughts.

She turned fifteen that day.. She was beautiful with grace in every limb. She liked to write poetry.She started writing verses feeling herself as Gopi of Vrindavan.


 

Godaa used to make garland with the flowers collected by her father. One day She took the garland in her hand and adorned herself. She wanted to check her beauty. Godaa went to the temple pond to see her image. Suddenly she heard the voice of her beloved Lord. You look so beautiful Godaa" He said in her ears. 


Godaa even felt his breath on her  neck.  She closed her eyes and smiled. He accepted her as his bride. She removed the garland and placed it in the same place where it was before.


 One day Vishnu Chitta found a streak of long hair on the garland. He was agitated. He decided to check the matter.

Next day Perialwar saw Godaa wearing the garland.He was in shock. His daughter did the unpardonable thing. With tears he  hurried to his garden, collected flowers again and made a new garland and offered it to  Krishna

Vishnu Chitta  did not confront his daughter. He was disappointed with her behaviour. The same day night Vatapathrasayee appeared in his dream. HE said that HE liked only the garland worn by Godaa and that everyday HE wanted her  to wear the garland before HE wear it . 

Perialwar woke up. He called Godaa and told all about his dream.
Godaa was dancing at heart. Her Govind accepted her truly..with love.

 She became Andaal then onwards..who ruled..

Andal learnt from an elderly person, that, during Krishna Avatar all Gopikas performed a fast in the month of Margasirsha in order to marry Krishna. Since Andal wanted to marry Krishna, she followed the foot steps of those Gopikas and started the fast in the month of Margasirsha She started Katyayini vratha. 

Every day she would wake up early in the morning. Singing a new hymn everyday, she would go door to door and wake up her friends to join the fast. Thus she sang 30 hymns for 30 days of the Margasirsha month. The 30 hymns are collectively called as "Thiruppaavai  

Thirty days passed. Godaa finished her Vrat . She had a dream. Her Govind walked up to her and said. " The wait is over. Be ready to be my bride.. Godaa did not sleep afterwards.



On the same night Lord Ranganatha of Srirangam appeared in Perialwar's dream and asked him to bring Andal to Srirangm fully dressed as a bride. Sri Ranganatha also appeared in the King's( who ruled that region) dream and asked him to make arrangements for his marriage with Andal.



Godaa became the bride. Meanwhile the king decked the whole Srivilliputur with flowers. The people of Srivilliputtur were all ready to go to Srirangam with Andal. The entire route from Srivilliputur to Srirrangam was decorated too. The king then sent a palanquin to Andal's house. Andal dressed like a bride got into the palanquin. With Perialwar, king and people following, the palanquin reached Srirangam. 

The palanquin stopped in front of the Sri Ranganatha temple in Srirangam. Andal got out of the palanquin. The priests received Andal with due respect. Andal stepped into the temple and slowly walked towards her Krishna

The garbhagriha was dark   With the help of the lamp, she saw the big black divine deity Sri Ranganatha. Her eyes stopped to blink. Sri Ranganatha is  in a reclining posture on his snakeAdisesha resting his head on the west and feet on the east. 

Andal was totally captivated by HIS beauty. Without knowing what to do, Andal slowly walked towards Sri Ranganatha. With trembling hands she touched his feet Andal disappeared. 

Vishnu Chitta stood stupified. Where is his daughter he wondered. He is on the verge of collapse.Then he heard the tone of someone calling him by his name. HE is Sri Ranganath." Don't feel sad. Your daughter is my consort. She is the incarnation of Bhudevi. She reached Vaikuntha .her original abode. Vishnuchitta..be free from sorrow."Sri  Ranganath 's words were heard by every one around. They hailed Vishnuchitta for possessing Andal as his daughter.


Perialwar returned to Srivilliputtur. After some years, Perialwar transformed his house into a temple for Andal and Sri Ranganatha. But Sri Ranganatha is called Ranga Mannar in this temple. This temple along with Vatapathrasayee temple will always remind everyone of Andal and her true love towards Sri Krishna.


Sri Krishna Govinda Hare Murare he Natha narayana Vaasudeva. 



Lakshmi


Edited by ltelidevara - 15 December 2017 at 5:01am

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"Masaanam Margaseersho Aham Krishna declared in the Gita. The whole month is soaked in spiritual fervour mainly because of Thiruppavai. Tiruppavai itself is an echo from the Vedas and the Upanishads. Ramanuja was struck by the very first stanza where Andal declared, "Narayanane Namakke parai tharuvaan Lord Narayana alone can give us redemption and happiness. Taitriyopanishad laid down:

Narayana Param Brahma; Tatvam Narayana paraha

Narayana paro Jyothir; Athma Narayana paraha.

He is the Supreme absolute, real light and life. He alone can bless us and we alone get blessed (Namakke parai tharuvaan). The way Tamil phraseology is handled is scintillating.


 Andal was called yekkara seematti' by PBA Swami of Kanchi. The poet Kannadasan said "Andal Tamizhai aandal.Andal never refers to herself as Andal. She would like to be known as Vishnuchittan Kodai. He became her Acharya. She will approach Krishna only through the father. This shows the importance of Acharya Abhimanam. An inscription around the walls of the temple in Srivilliputhur, records Ranganatha's Pranaya-patrika love letter from Srirangam, reproducing passages from her songs.

Every Vaishnava temple has a shrine specially dedicated to Andal. Lord Srinivasa listens to Thiruppavai everyday during Margazhi. The temples in Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Bihar, U.P. etc., resonate with Tiruppavai in the regional languages. 

The grateful people of Tamilnadu chose the Srivilliputhur temple as its State emblem.

Swochishtamalika gandhabandha gandha jishnave

Vishnuchitta tanujayai Godayai nitya mangalam


Note: Tomorrow onwards Tiruppavai verses are chanted day wise in most of the temples. I would like to share each Pasura ( poem) every day by reciting which we will be blessed with Andal's vision of devotion through love.


Lakshmi



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The explanation is done following Sadagopanji and Sri Raghavan .


The literary meaning is done in the lines in which they explained with minimal changes to make it easy to understand for the sake of readers.




Maargazhi thingaL madhi niRaindha nannaaLaal
neeraada pOdhuveer pOdhuminO nErizhaiyeer
seer malgum aayppaadi chelva chiRumeergaaL
koorvEl kodundhozhilan nandhagOpan kumaran
Eraarndha kaNNi yasOdhai iLam singam
kaar mEni cengaN kadhir madhiyam pOl mugaththaan
naaraayaNanE namakkE paRai tharuvaan
paarOr pugazha padindhElOr embaavaay


MEANING:

In the sacred month of Margasirsh on an auspicious day of full moon, I (Aandal) beckon all the wealthy young girls of (Aayppadi) Gokulam to take a sacred dip and worship the almighty Lord, son of Nandagopa who by means of his sharp spear disposes off his enemies, mother Yasoda's child who resembles a fierce lion, has a dark cloud like divine complexion, with a pair of eyes that resemble a beautiful lotus, whose face shines like a combination of the sun and the moon.let us all pray and request the Lord to dictate us the service that He expects us to do.



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vaazhveergaaL naamum nampaavaikku
cheyyum kirisaigaL kELeerO paaRkadaluL
paiya thuyinRa paramanadi paadi
neyyuNNOm paaluNNOm naatkaalE neeraadi
maiyittu ezhudhOm malarittu naam mudiyOm
seyyaadhana seyyOm theekkuRaLai chenROdhOm
aiyamum pichchaiyum aandhanaiyum kai kaatti
uyyumaaReNNi ugandhElOr empaavaay.

MEANING:

Mortals of this planet, listen to the things that we have to do to satisfy the vow (of worshipping the lord through the whole of this month) that we have undertaken. Let us sing the glories of the lord who is in milky ocean doing yoganidhra. Let us get up early in the morning to have a bath and by not including ghee or milk in our diet. Let us not beautify ourselves or adorn our hair with flowers. Let us abstain from doing things that have been forbidden by shastras and not speak ill about others. Let us donate to the needy, alms to brahmacharis and sanyasis and immerse ourselves in bliss

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Ongi ulagaLandha uththaman pEr paadi
naangaL nam paavaikku chaatri neeraadinaal
theenginRi naadellaam thingaL mum maari peydhu
Ongu peRum senN nel oodu kayalugaLa
poonguvaLai pOdhil poRi vandu kaN paduppa
thEngaadhE pukkirundhu seerththa mulai patri
vaanga kudam niRaikkum vaLLal perum pasukkaL
neengaadha selvam niRaindhElOr embaavaay

MEANING:

Let us take a dip for the sake of our vow and sing the glories of the Lord, who assumed a gigantic size and scaled the three worlds. This action of ours will result in eliminating the evil from our country, results in adequate rain three times a month. These inturn will lead to beautiful fishes enjoy between the saplings of the farmland, bees relaxing among the flowers, cows, without any hesistations, ensuring that milk overflows from their huge udders and overall resulting in wealth that does not vanish with time.

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aazhi mazhai kaNNaa onRu nee kai karavEl
aazhi uL pukku mugandhu kodu aarthu ERi
oozhi mudhalvan uruvam pOl mey kaRuththu
paazhiy am hOLudai paRpanaaban kaiyil
aazhi pOl minni valamburi pOl ninRu adhirndhu
thaazhaadhE saarnga mudhaiththa sara mazhai pOl
vaazha ulaginil peydhidaay naangaLum
maargazhi neeraada magizhndhElOr embaavaay.

MEANING:

Oh Lord of the rains, who is as majestic as that of the beautiful sea, don't hesitate to dive into the ocean, collect as much water, rise to the sky and assume the colour of the Lord (black). As with the Lord, who has graceful and powerful shoulders, oh rain god, without any delay, shine like the discus (chakra) that he holds in His right hand. Thunder in a big wayto produce the same impact that occurs when the conch on his left hand is blown. Shower the rain immediately  just like how the Lord will shoot his arrows, to allow us take bath during the vow and happily flourish and thrive in this world.

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maayanai mannu vada madhurai maindhanai
thooya peru neer yamunai thuRaivanai
aayar kulaththinil thOnRum aNi viLakkai
thaayai kudal viLakkam seydha dhaamOdharanai
thooyOmaay vandhu naam thoomalar thoovi thozhudhu
vaayinaal paadi manaththinaal sindhikka
pOya pizhaiyum pugudharuvaan ninRanavum
theeyinil thoosaagum cheppElOr embaavaay
MEANING:

Lord of wondrous deeds, prince of Mathura, abiding in the banks of the pure Yamuna river, the sacred light that took birth in the cowherd's community, who by your very birth glorified the womb of your mother ,  whose belly was tied with a rope ! To You we come with a pure heart and worship by offering flowers, singing your praise, thinking about you wholeheartedly. Such worship shall burn our past sins and the ones to be committed in future just like cotton burns when it comes in contact with fire.


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So nice of you to share it here.
Starting from 16th December it's called margazhi month. The whole month is divine and very special in Tamil nadu. We do get up early in the,  morning make the rangoli and visit a temple.

Andal finds a place in all the Perumal temple in TN. The 30 hymns are called thirupavai and each one is called pasuram.
The ritual of soodi thanda malar Kodi (the garland which she wore first) is very famous is in  srivilliputhoor. The garland is sent to Thirupathi, it's adorned on Lord Balaji and again brought back to Srivilliputhoor for the marriage rituals. The parrot in the hands of Andal is made everyday.
 One thing wanted to say was , the second hymn starts as"vayathu vazhvirgaal".

Margazhi month is famous also for hymns sung in praise of lord Shiva, it's called thiruvempavai consisting of 20 hymns and thrupalli ezhuchi consisting of 10 hymns.

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