by K. Thirukumaran
In 2017, Navarathri is from September 21st to September 30th. Calendars in USA and Canada have marked the beginning date as September 20th.
Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar wrote many poems in praise of Sakthi. His famous praise of the goddess invoked Sakthi as Mother of the nation in the form of Muththumari, the main deity in numerous rural parts of Tamil Nadu.
However, “Bhooloka Kumari” – is one of two Sanskrit songs composed by Mahakavi Bharathiyar and may not be the first song that comes to the mind in praise of Sakthi or in renderings during Navarathri.
Yet Bharathiyar praises Mother Nature too as “Guardian Goddess”, making reference to her via “Vaani”, “Janani” “Sundari” “Kalyani” and “Rani” etc. in this song. The great bard remains the trailblazer Editor of a globally spirited Women’s Magazine “Chakravarthini” (The Empress) as early as the year 1905. The magazine is said to have been in tone and spirit of Women’s magazines of the West. His showering words of praise of Mother, Mother Nature – and bestowing Womanhood via this song can be said of his “secular” and “global” form of praising the “Guardian Goddess”. [TW]