Navarathri 2014: ♫ A Gala for The Guardian Goddess ♫

The Holy ‘Nine Night’ Festival celebrating the Goddesses of Bravery, Wealth and Wisdom fall this year, in 2014 – from Sept 24/25th for 9 days, followed by Vijayathasami on the 10th day. The 10th day is celebrated particularly to start learning – education and the arts.

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from the 2014 Calendar - Sri Venkateswara Temple, Bridgewater, NJ

from the 2014 Calendar – Sri Venkateswara Temple, Bridgewater, NJ

Thediyunai charanadaindhen ~ Shobana Vignesh

Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiaar wrote many poems in praise of Sakthi. His famous praise of the goddess invoked Sakthi as Mother of the nation in the form of Muthumari, the main deity in many of the rural parts of Tamil Nadu and diverse Southern India.

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White lotus flower on she is seated
She would be in sound Veena emanated
Immensely joyful gracious poetry
Writing poet hearts her residency

Meanings sought and prayed in devotion
Hymns she therein be illumination
Uttered by sages without deception
She forms therein depth of compassion

She would be in melodious songs of lass
In she is within lisping talk of tots
In Arias reciting hummingbird voice
Residing she on parakeet tongue

Crafted with passion their labor
Gracious painting temple tower
Setting in them she with precision
Embodying she state of pleasure (Subramaniya Bharathiyaar poem – Translated by K. Thirukumaran)

Bharathiyar’s “Bhooloka Kumari”, and the lavish rendering by Sanjay Subrahmanyan fits the seasonal fete globally.

Bharathiyar’s “Bhooloka Kumari”, and the lavish rendering by Sanjay Subrahmanyan fits the seasonal fete globally.

Click to read in full: A “Global” Praise: ♫ “Guardian Goddess” and Mother Nature

Yathum ure yavarum Kelir” – All the world is my world, all humanity is my fraternity:”- Kaniyan Poongkundran-Translated by Rev Fr Xavier Thaninayagam

Vellai Thamari Poovil Iruppall ♫ Madurai Mani Iyer renders Bharathiyar song ♫ English Translation

Rendered by Madurai Mani Iyer (October 25, 1912 – June 8, 1968) ♫ Song by Subramaniya Bharathiyaar (December 11, 1882 – September 11, 1921 ♫

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In Praise of Godess Lakshmi ♫ Malarin Mevu Thiruve Bharathiyar Song Rendered by SeerKazhi S Govindarajan

Malarin Mevu Thiruve ♫ Bharathiyar Song ♫ by Seerkazhi S Govindarajan

♫ A Tributary to Mandolin U. Srinivas

Click to read in full: “Crafted with passion their labor” ♫ A Tributary to Mandolin U. Srinivas and Gala for The Guardian Goddess

A Song what can be referred as the “Anthem” of the Goddess of Wisdom, Saraswathy is “Vellai Thamarai Poovil Iruppall”. This song was written by Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyaar and has been rendered by many artistes, both as vocal and also instrumental. The song is especially featured during last there days of the Nine night festival “Navarathri”. The poet sees that not just learning, but anything aesthetic, compassionate words or even adorable tot-speak and birds tweet in nature’s wonder are that of divine manifestation via goddess Saraswathy.

Spirited rendering by Sudha Ragunathan ♫

Sudha Ragunathan

Sudha Ragunathan

State of no misery is Sakthi
Wide awaken without slumber is Sakthi
Relishing love tendering is Sakthi
Finite end filled with masculinity is Sakthi
Ecstasy that came along with song is Sakthi
Life emboldening wisdom is Sakthi
Misdeeds disdaining upturn is Sakthi
Flicker glowing in heart is Sakthi

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