Saturday, November 21, 2015

Andal Good Omen Nachiyar Thirumozhi

கூடிட கூடலே

Andal looks for the Good Omen to be united with her beloved and asks the 'Angel' to get the 'Final Formation' of the dotted lines in her favour!!!!

The fourth decad of Nachiyar Thirumozhi provides insights into the astrological predictions referred to as 'Koodal Iyizhaithal'. Andal presents to us a historical system that was in vogue during her time where one looks at a set of lines to decide the fate of the lovers.
Historical Games and Life Predictions
Historically shells were used in a game through one of the two processes – either by putting them together in small groups or by drawing a number of concentric circles and seeing them in twos. If the final result ended in even number, it was seen as a Good Omen and the wishes of the lover was said to be fulfilled.

Andal in these verses addresses the angel and asks if the omens are good for her to unite with her beloved.

Koodal Iyizhaittal is a historical game played by young girls who were looking to be united with their beloved. By the end of the game based on the result, they get an indication on whether they would unite with their lover. This is a game of dots and lines drawn to see if the final formation ends in a good omen.

Andal begins with a description of the true devotees. She praises them as those who offer worship with folded hands to the Lord of TMC.
தெள்ளியார் பலர் கை தொழும் தேவனார்

She says that if the Lord accepts her, she will be ever ready to offer service at his lovely feet. She invokes the blessings of the Lord of Thiru Maliruncholai to ensure that the lines drawn will form the right concentric circles so it ends up as a good omen. Referring to the Lord as the bridegroom of Thiru Maliruncholai, she wonders if she will find a place in his bed room!!!

Praises the Bachelor Lord
In two of the verses, Andal refers to him as the handsome bachelor in his earlier Vamana Avatar who attended the sacrifice of Bali and then measured the earth and sky in easy strides. She tells the angel that if she deserves to be united with her beloved Krishna, it is the duty of the angel to join the lines in such a way so as to result in a good omen.
‘வாட்டமின்றி மகிழ்ந்துறை வாமனன்’

‘கொண்டக் கோலக் குறளுருவாய்ச் சென்று’

She refers to Thiru Venkatam as being amidst a forest and Thiru Kannapuram as a city. She asks if her Lord will come running and take her by the hand and if would come to embrace her. To this end, she calls upon the angel to ensure that the lines drawn total up to even numbers.

Valiant Acts one after another
Periyazhvar repeatedly described the valiant acts of Krishna in his Periyazhvar Thirumozhi. Andal too through this decad describes the many different acts of bravery of Krishna.

She praises him as one who even as a child chased the poisonous serpent Kaliya, then climbed the tree with ease and danced atop the hood earning him the praise of the divine dancer.

வாய்த்த காளியன் மேல் நடமாடிய கூத்தனார்

She also praises him as the one who killed the mad elephant Kuvalaya. She praises his achievements of uprooting the Maruda trees even while still learning the first steps to crawl, killing Kamsa using his own wicked tactics, the evil Sisupala as well as the killing of the bird, the 7 bulls - all in public view leaving everyone stunned as to his achievements even as a young child.  She says that it was her beloved who protected and saved elephant Gajendra at the time of distress.

About Mathura
She refers to Devaki as being beautiful and having lustrous eyes and Krishna’s father Vasudeva as being noble.

Mathura is described as a place with huge mansions. She wonders if her beloved will come to her house through these big buildings and grab her hand. With the hope of Krishna, who she describes as the ruler of Dwaraka, coming to Mathura and entering her house, she asks the angel, who she sees as the one who brings lovers together, to ensure that the lines end up as Good Omen. ‘It is you who brings together the lovers and hence help complete the lines in such a way that it ends up as a good omen.’ 

மாட மாளிகை சூழ் மதுரைப் பதி
நாடி நந்தெருவின் நடுவே வந்திட்டு

Anger and Love at the same time
She praises him as one who grazed cows without the slightest hesitation. She says that he is elusive to most but never thinks twice of residing in the hearts of lovers.
ஆவலன் புடையார் தம் மனத்தன்றி

He is the favourite among the beautiful cowherd Gopis, who adore his handsome personality, especially his curly locks. Through this decad, Andal recounts the songs of the cowherd girls who she says fight in anger with him but very quickly reconcile and fall in love with him again. She wants the lines drawn to fall in place and result in a good omen so as to unite with the beloved.

அழகனார் அணியாச்சியர் சிந்தையுள் குழகனார் வரில்
கூடிட கூடலே

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thiru Kannangudi Dilapidated State

Broken Walls, Falling Azhvaar idols, Shattered Vimana and Rats inside the Madapalli symbolize the current state of the temple

It is an ancient Divya Desam near Nagapattinam where interesting events marked Saint Poet Thirumangai Azhvaar’s stay. The Damodara Narayana Perumal Divya Desam in Thiru Kannangudi is part of the Pancha Krishna Kshetram and is seen as a South equivalent of the Pancha Dwaraka of the North.

Thiru Mangai Azhvaar's description of Thiru Kannangudi                                                               
The Lord of Thiru Kannangudi has been praised in each of the verses by Thiru Mangai Azhvaar in his Periya Thirumozhi as one who is seen in a grand standing posture. Also, from these verses, one gets to know the prosperity of this place in centuries gone by. Thiru Mangai Azhvaar describes Thiru Kannangudi as a place with huge mansions with walls that were so igh that they seemed to touch the moon. He praises the temple as being surrounded with ripe paddy fields, water tanks that were filled with different kinds of lilies, lotuses and many varieties of flowers and lush orchards that produced fruits such as bananas, jack fruits and mangoes among others. He also describes the place as being home to peacocks that flocked in big numbers and danced around the Lord.

Interesting Events
On his way back from Nagapattinam, a tired Thirumangai Azhvaar, who was carrying back gold to Srirangam, lay under a Tamarind tree at Thiru Kannangudi. Placing the gold in the pit there, Thirumangai Azhvaar asked the tree to wake him up if someone came there. The next morning when the owner of the plot arrived to resume work, the tamarind tree dropped all its leaves on Thirumangai Azhvaar to wake him up prompting Thirumangai to praise it as the ‘sleepless tree’.

When the two argued about the ownership of a land, Thirumangai Azhvaar defended himself in the local court saying his papers were in Srirangam and that he would leave in a day or two to get his papers. To this day, disputes in Thiru Kannangudi are believed to be unduly delayed and don’t find a quick solution.

Later when a thirsty Thirumangai Azhvaar walked up to the ladies near the well to ask for water, they refused as they were worried that he would get into a fight over the ownership of the well.  An angry Thiru Mangai Azhvaar pronounced a curse that the water would not fill up in the well. To this day, wells in Thiru Kannangudi are seen dried up. Even when it fills up, it tastes salty.

The Name Kannan Gudi
Pleased with Sage Vashista’s penance, Lord Krishna appeared before the sage in the form of a kid. While the Sage was immersed in thoughts of the Lord, Kannan picked up the butter kept in pooja, swallowed it in one go and gave Vashishta the run. With Vashishta giving him a chase, young Kannan ran fast until he came upon the rishis undergoing penance here. Explaining his hurry, Kannan wanted them to ask for one wish. By this time, Vashishta too had caught up with the Lord and realizing his true avatara, the sage fell at his feet and invoked his blessings to provide darshan in a standing posture at this place. Hence this place came to be called ‘Kannan Gudi’.

Garuda’s Unique Posture                                                                                                               
Unlike in other Divya Desams where Garuda is seen with folded hands, he is seen here with his hands across his chest.
Another unique feature at this temple is the similarity of the face of the Moolavar and Utsavar idols of Goddess, not seen in any other Divya Desam.

Pitiable state of the temple
The renovation activity of such a historic temple has been stalled for almost three years now. HR & CE had earlier sanctioned Rs. 50 Lakhs for the renovation. Private participants / devotees who had expressed interest and come forward to take up the renovation efforts have now stepped back as a result of the callous attitude of the Government officials.

Festivals including the 10 day Brahmotsavam in Chitrai, 10 day Maasi Maagam Utsavam, when the Lord goes on a long procession to the Sea and the Ramanuja Utsavam have been stopped pending the renovation.

The Perumal Vimana with beautiful sculptures is now in a dilapidated state with few of the exquisite sculptures falling off. 

The scenario at the Azhvaar Sannidhi is deplorable with the idols of the Muthal Azhvaars coming off the ground. Similar is the fate of Thiru Mazhisai Azhvaar and Nam Azhvaar. There are cracks on the walls of the Manavala Mamunigal Sannidhi and this could fall off anytime soon.


Huge Pile of Mud in front of Ramanuja Sannidhi
Similar is the state of Ramanuja’s Sannidhi where a 10 day Avathara Utsavam used to take place. Huge mound of mud has been lying in front of the sannidhi for many months now but there is no inkling of the resumption of the renovation activity.

There is also a plan to build a compound wall around the huge sacred Tank west of the temple. Measurements have been taken recently and one hopes that work will start soon.
                                                                                   
Rats inside the Madapalli
The sacred kitchen (Thiru Madapalli) is probably the worst hit. With the flooring caving in, it is shocking to see a big pit made by huge rats. These are seen running around all over the kitchen. Smaller rats have made this their ‘residence’ and are seen in large numbers, such is the state of the area where sacred food is made for the Lord every day.

Velukudi Krishnan’s Kinchitkaram Trust is taking care of the Nandavanam. However, there are challenges relating to that as well with the entry of goats causing damage to the garden.

There are private donars ready to support the renovation in full but they have been put off by the delay caused by the HR & CE officials.With the effort of the priest, a new silver coated Simhasana for the utsava deities has been organized, one that looks grand but that is the only Silver Lining.

Like the Pancha Dwaraka in the North, Thiru Kannangudi is one of the Pancha Krishna Kshetrams in the South. Such a historic temple is now in shambles and one hopes that the Government will release the requisite funds for the renovation exercise that has been long due. Also, it is hoped that they will take the support of like minded devotees and donars to complete the renovation that was kicked off three years ago.

 The temple is open between 730am-12noon and 5pm–8pm. Contact: 99431 38591/94435 25907

How to reach Thiru Kannangudi
Thiru Kannangudi is about 10kms from Nagapattinam and just over 15kms from Thiruvarur. Buses ply every five minutes between Nagai and Thiruvarur bus. One can get down at Azhiyur, about 8 kms from Nagai. From there, auto will cost Rs. 30 to the temple.

When here, also visit Sundararaja Perumal Divya Desam in Thiru Nagai (http://prtraveller.blogspot.in/2007/08/108-divya-desam-thiru-nagai.html)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Srihari Parthasarathy Prabhandham Acharya

Significant Contribution in taking forward our traditions into this new Century
The Sr. Sports Journalist at The Hindu has gone about creating the next generation of Divya Prabhandham Experts in a quiet unassuming way 
His best student of the last three decades, P Sundararaman (Chartered Accountant and Dy. Finance Manager at Ashok Leyland) calls him a unique Acharya. He says with a great deal of confidence that it is unlikely that there will be any Prabhandham Acharya of his dedication in the city today. He knows better than most for 25 year old Sundararaman joined the Prabhandham class of Srihari Parthasarathy at Vedanta Desikar temple in Mylapore when he was just 7years old in the mid 1990s.

As a young enthusiastic school boy, Sundararaman would wake up early and very often stand at the entrance of the Desikar temple before the clock had ticked to 6am. On most days of the week Sports Journalist Srihari (The Hindu) would drive back home well at 1.30am after the sports pages were finalized. And yet, throughout the decade following the commencement of his first organized batch, he would be at the temple at 6am compromising on his sleep primarily because he was excited to share his knowledge with an enthusiastic set of boys who showed true devotion in wanting to learn the Nalayira Divya Prabhandham.

To this day, Divya Prabhandham Acharya Srihari remains his disciplined self. His presence in the Ghosti infuses a sense of discipline and commitment in the entire group.

Hailing from an orthodox family in the Ahobila Mutt tradition, Srihari,  son of renowned Bruhaspathi and Vedic scholar Natteri Parthasarathy, learned Nalayira Divya Prabandham from Vaikuntavaasi Sevilimedu Srinivasacharya and later from his maternal uncle Esayanur Sridhara Satakopacharya (presently Aradhakar, Ahobila Mutt) and completed the course at the age of 17.

Srihari had the fortune of undergoing Aahnikam and Grantha Chathushtaya Kalakshepam from Maha Vidwans Vaikuntavaasi Purisai Nadadhur Sri Bhashya Simhasanam Krishnamacharya Swami and Azhisoor Srinivasacharya Swami.

Having learnt from such stalwarts in the 1970s, Srihari was keen to share his learning with the next generation of students and began his Divya Prabhandham tutoring in the mid 1980s initiating the sacred verses of the Azhvaars to a small group of students.

When an organized and formal daily tutoring on Nalayira Divya Prabhandham was contemplated at the Vedantha Desikar temple in the mid 1990s, it was Srihari’s services that the Veda Parayana Sabha sought. Since then, he has been tutoring the students (free of charge) for almost two decades.


His first batch of 20 most devoted students graduated in 2007. With these students he adopted different techniques to get them to imbibe not just aspects relating to the recital but also to understand the essence of the verses through a secret process (read Box Story).

He is now well into the 2nd batch of about 25 students comprising both youngsters as well as elderly people. This batch is expected to complete the course over the next 12-18months.

During this period, he has also taken classes on Thiru Aradhana Kramam.

Founder Editor of Website
End of 2006, when the temple was planning to launch a website, Srihari was entrusted with the task of creating a strong content to propagate the time-tested values of the rich tradition of Sanathana Dharma and important tenets of the Visishtaadvaita philosophy.

As the Founder Editor of the website, Srihari has been conducting online quizzes and contests on varied topics relating to this philosophy. Over the last decade, participation has expanded manifold and now includes contestants from across the globe. As part of this engagement, he has also been writing commentaries, online, on Vaishnavite Philosophy.

Idly Venpa @ School
Srihari was proficient in Tamil right from a young age. Even as a school student, he used to write poems that featured in school magazines. Once when his Tamil teacher wanted the students to try out a Venpa, Srihari came up with one on IDLY that brought out its benefits, its attributes and the special taste. He was singled out for appreciation by his teacher who spotted the poetic potential in Srihari. He also wrote a few sonnets in Tamil that were published in different magazines.

He has the distinction of being the district topper in Tamil in the Class X examination.

Several decades later, when a souvenir was being launched as part of the Samprokshanam Celebrations of Vedanta Desikar temple in 2013, Srihari came up with another Venpa- this time on the Lord.

வென்றிபுகழ் வேங்கடவன் உடனுறையும் விரைமலராள்
அன்றுதிருக் கண்டுரைத்த தமிழ்த்தலைவன் -  ஆரியக்கோன்

பற்றியுறை பீடுடைநன் மாமயிலைக் கோயில் பெரு
நற்றெளித்தல் நாமடைநற் பேறு

Commentary on Tiruvoimozhi
When a book was brought out in 2006 as part of the 80th Birthday Celebrations of 45th Jeer of Ahobila Mutt, Srihari wrote a ten page commentary with his own interpretation of each of the decads of the 10th Canto of Nam Azhvaar’s Tiruvoimozhi including praising Lord’s Kalyana Gunas, describing the way in which Azhvaar has shown us the noble path and about how Prapatti’s five Angams have been showcased in this last canto.

A year earlier, in 2005, he had compiled and edited the special book brought out as part of the centenary celebrations of Veda Parayana Sabha that had been launched in 1905 under the auspices of the Vedanta Desikar temple.

A Significant Contribution
One of his significant contributions to the Vaishnavite Literature came when he co-authored, in 2013, the English translation of Volume Two of the treatise on Ahnika Grantham from the original Manipravaalam text of the 45th Jeer of Ahobila Mutt. The 2nd volume dealt comprehensively with the Aachaaram that is required to perform the Panchakaala Prakriyaas during the days of Suddhi and Asuddhi caused by different Tittus. Working non-stop for a few months to meet the very short deadline, he put together the English version of the treatise.
                                            
In June this year, Srihari had the honour of being invited to write a commentary on Desikar Prabhandham as part of the special magazine that was brought out on the occasion of the 60th Birthday Celebrations of the 46th Jeer of the Ahobila Mutt.

Audio CD Projects with Jayanthi Sridharan
Srihari has also been associated in a couple of audio CD projects with vocalist Smt. Jayanthi Sridharan -- Vaaranam Aayiram and Saranaagathi Geetham -- in the capacity of mentor. The first one is a musical presentation of Andal's wedding dream interspersed with corresponding Rug Veda manthras. The second one is a compilation of the Azhvaars' Paasurams depicting the doctrine of Saranaagathi. Both were released by/in the divine presence of the Jeer at Ahobila Mutt, in 2014. 

Srihari is currently working on another  project - Koyil Thiruvoimozhi -  that is likely to be released later this month.

While the idea has been for youngsters to learn and become proficient, he has also encouraged older people to take up to learning the Divya Prabhandham. Some of those who have learnt from him have now graduated to taking classes on their own.

Srihari has, in a very quiet way, kept our tradition going creating the next set of Prabhandham experts. One can easily note the reverence that the entire group has for him when he walks into the Ghosti. One can hear his voice only during the Prabhandham recital, otherwise he rarely talks. In fact, as an Acharya, he proactively discourages any chit-chat in and around the temple and has never compromised on the devotional aspects!!! His first batch of students are particularly proud of this uncompromising approach of their Acharya for it has helped them enormously in every walk of life, especially as they now set foot into the corporate world.

At a time when the new gen is being swarmed with a wide range of technology gadgets, Srihari has managed to instill a sense of discipline and devotional ethics in his students keeping them away from distractions that seem to be the order of the day everywhere. His outstanding efforts to share his knowledge with them every morning over a long three decade period despite his odd office hours has been a great act of selfless service that he has rendered to our society.

Srihari's Best Prabhandham Student 
Sundararaman is one of the rare personalities in Madras. He has combined outstanding academic achievement with complete knowledge of our traditional scriptures. By the time he graduated in Commerce, he had completed his CA with very minimal coaching!!! And much prior to that, even before he completed his schooling, he had completed his course on Divya Prabhandham. It is no wonder that his Acharya Srihari considers him the best student when asked to single out someone from the last 30years.


He credits his Acharya Srihari for guiding him right through his teenage years.  Sundararaman wonders if there would be another Acharya like him. ‘Who would come back from office at 130am and then wake up every morning before 6am to teach his students for zero monetary benefit. And my Acharya did that for an entire decade just for the joy of seeing his students succeed and to spread the message of the Azhvaars.’

Sundararaman says that his Acharya was special in more ways than one. He had intricate knowledge of the Tamil language and was especially strong in grammar. And this really helped in the phonetics which is so important in the Prabhandham recital. His understanding of the meaning and the features of the entire 4000verses was very deep. Often, he went out of the way to explain the intricacies and nuances of different sets of verses. 

‘For example, I can never forget the way he taught us the Periya Thirumozhi verses relating to Therezhendur. One of the decads of Thiru Mangai Azhvaar’s praise on Therezhendur had him describing both the location of the agraharam as well as the paddy fields and lakes. My Acharya provided us great insights into how to identify the verses describing the streets and differentiate them from the ones describing the fields and ponds.  I do not think any other Acharya in this age and time would go into such minute details to educate his students. We would have all been more than happy had he taught us just the recital of the Prabhandham. But he went way beyond simple recital and wanted us to become real experts.’

Sundararaman also remembers the unique manner in which Srihari taught them the Periya Thirumozhi verses on Thiruvali. ‘He shared some subtle points in identifying and remembering the verses. It is unlikely that any other Guru in this modern age would share such insights on the Prabhandham with his students.’

Throughout that period between the mid 90s and the mid 2000s, Srihari engaged all his students in introspection of the Prabhandham so much so that these students began loving his classes. He would not stop with the students just memorizing the verses. In between, he sent the students to Kanchipuram and Thiruvallur temples to expand their horizon. Almost everyone looked forward to the early morning class.

Sundararaman says with pride that his first batch of students can rank-up with any in the city in the understanding and recital of the Prabhandham and that any of them in his batch can recite the entire 4000 verses at any point of time. And for this, he says he owes it all to Srihari. He truly is one of a kind teacher.

Sundararaman’s mother remembers the way her son would wake up on his own and run to the class well before his Acharya arrived. Such was his love for the Prabhandham class.

His father S Padmanabhan, Sri Karyam at the Ahobila Mutt and HOD- Sanskrit, Madras University credits Srihari for his son’s progress on the Prabhandham front.  He says that his son was blessed to have been tutored by Srihari.

Srihari was a disciplinarian and very committed to sharing his knowledge with his students. He was a perfectionist. That helped a great deal in my son imbibing the same values. He would always be on time for the class and expected the students, too, to show the same kind of commitment. And that really had a positive effect on my son. The objective was to make him love the subject and my son began loving it right from the first instance of the subject. We never had to force this into him.’ says Padmanabhan.

Srihari may be reached on 94444 13746

Monday, November 9, 2015

Nachiyar Thirumozhi Return the girls’ garments

We are not your mother’s daughters’ in law that you can do this to us!!!!
 - Andal to Krishna seated atop the Kurundu Tree
In the 2nd decad of Nachiyar Thirumozhi, Andal presented Krishna’s mischievous act of breaking the sand castles lovingly built by the young girls of Gokulam. She continues showcasing her beloved Lord’s playful activities into the 3rd decad. This time his mischievous play is a lot more personal and embarrassing.

While in the previous decad, she questioned his intention of dismantling the castles made of sand, here she turns a little more aggressive and asks if it is fair on his part to indulge in acts such as deceitfully taking away the clothes of the women.She gives a background to this to explain their hardship – both physical and mental.

It is interesting that she expresses both anger and love in the same verse. While they are furious at his act of trying to dishonour them, they are still not able to take away their eyes from him for he is always adorable.

Good to Bathe in the Pond before Dawn
Rising to the call of the cocks early in the morning, the girls woke up and walked a long way to the lake for a bath pre dawn. As one can imagine, it was pretty chilly and cold and dark. With the clothes off, the young girls entered the lake confident that no one was around on that dark morning. And they began enjoying their bath.
கோழி யழைப்பதன் முன்னம் குடைந்து நீராடுவான் போந்தோம்

We will never enter the lake again!!!
As they were thus having a ‘cool bath’, it was time for the Sun to rise. And as the light began to hit the moving waves of the lake and they were at the end of their bath, they found to their horror that their clothes had gone missing. She accepts their ignorance of not guessing his likely presence and promises that they will never enter the lake again for a bath, if he returns their clothes this one time!!!!
She seems to indicate that they have forgotten him just for a moment in the joy of their cool bath and says that along with her friends, she offers her sincere and devoted prayers to him and pleads with him to return their clothes.

ஏழைமை யாற்றவும் பட்டோம் இனியென்றும் பொய்கைக்கு வாரோம்
தோழியும் நானும் தொழுதோம் துகிலைப் பணித்தருளாயே

In this decad, Andal sings praise of Lord Krishna and his very many brave acts but questions if he considered this particular act as one such (act of bravery) for this seemed to her to be a little demeaning!!! While they were suffering in embarrassment, this mischievous boy was there up on the Kurundu tree with all their clothes.

She explains to him the severe consequences that might arise if they were to return without the clothes.

She asks the Lord who is happily enjoying from the tree as to whether he realises the embarrassment he has caused.  How would they be able to come out of the water in this current state. Further, she is worried as to how the parents will react. And she is certain that they will have to face wild reaction from the mothers that morning if they were to go back without the clothes.

எம்மனைமார் காணிலொட்டார்
பொல்லாங்கு ஈதென்று கருதாய்
பூங்குருந்தேறி யிருந்தி

What job does he have around the lake?
She then enquires as to the reason he came to the lake this early in the morning. And she acknowledges their ignorance in not noting his presence around the lake. She wonders as to how he actually made his way to this far off lake that early in the morning with darkness all around.

Bribes Krishna
Seeking a quick solution, Andal says that the young girls are ready to give him anything he wants provided he returns their clothes. This she now sees as the only way that will help them return home unnoticed.

நீ வேண்டிய தெல்லாம் தருவோம்
பல்லாரும் காணாமே போவோம்
பட்டைப் பணித்தருளாயே

From inside the lake, all the young girls of Gokulam are looking around with their eyes wide open to see if anyone (the residents of Gokulam) is around. Andal describes the sadness in the young girls that morning. ‘It is a public pond and we have to look all around to ensure that others do not know our current plight’. There is fear in their eyes. As one looks at their eyes, tears have started rolling down in shock of what might happen if anyone finds them in their current state.

பறக்க விழித்து எங்கும் நோக்கிய பலர் குடைந்தாடும் கனையில்
அரக்க நில்லா கண்ணநீர்கள் அலமருகின்றவா  பாராய்

Having tried to psyche him by questioning his embarrassing act and then trying to bribe him, Andal also uses the threatening technique to see if her beloved would move. She says that their parents and friends are likely to come striking at him if they come to know of his acts.

Physical Pain inside the lake
In successive decads, Andal describes the physical pain that they are experiencing.They express their distressed state of their extended stay inside the pond. The fishes are biting their legs. The lotus stalks are rubbing against their legs and that is pricking their legs. She compares this feeling to one’s pain when one would be stung by a poisonous Scorpio.
காலைக் காது விடுகின்ற கயலொடு வாளை விரவி
வேலைப் பிடுத்தேன்னை மார்களோட்டில் என்ன விளையாட்டோ

தடதவிழ் தாமரைப் பொய்கைத் தாள்கள் எம் காலைக் கதுவ
விடத்தே ளெறிந்தாலே  போல வேதனை ஆற்றவும் பட்டோம்

Praising his various playful acts such as tossing up the pots and his exquisite dance, she says that this particular act is beyond their game. This one is too difficult for them to bear. They accept that have been deceived by this game and want him to save any further embarrassment.

She explains that their bodies have become tired standing inside the chilly early morning water. She calls his current deeds as being very unfair. With their homes far away from the pond, how would they return in their current state with the Sun shining bright on the streets of Gokulam. She says that there is a very angry feeling to shout out at him. And yet they love him as he is just so adorable.

But that aside if their mothers see their current situation, all the girls are going to be shouted at and given a verbal beating for their careless act.

நீரிலே நின்று அயர்க்கின்றோம் நீதியல்லாதன செய்தாய்
ஊரகம் சாலவும் சேய்த்தால் ஊழியெல்லாம் உணர்வானே
ஆர்வம் உனக்கே யுடையோம்  அம்மானையார் காணில் ஒட்டார்


She says that he is looking at this only as a sport but unfortunately their mothers will not look at it in a similar vein. For him it is only a simple mischievous play.

Praising his Valarous Acts
It was valorous to escape that treacherous Kamsa who was looking to kill him on birth, but this act even Yashoda, who normally is very supportive of him, will rebuke and will not gain her approval. Andal prays with folded hands asking him to return their clothes.

It was a great act to jump on the deadly serpent and dance atop him. She tries to make him feel bad asking him if he is not feeling bad about his embarrassing acts.With him atop on the kurundu trees she calls him the king of monkeys. Not only are they down mentally, even physically it is hurting inside the lake.

An angry remark
In a beautiful verse, she says that ‘we are not your mother’s daughters-in-law that he can play around like this (Interestingly in the earlier decad, she had praised him and suggested that him becoming his mother’s son in law would solve all the problems). The fact that they are all fond of him does not entitle him to such a mischievous game. She tells him in no uncertain terms that what he is doing is not right.

மாமியார் மக்களேயல்லோம் மற்றும் இங்கு எல்லாரும் போந்தார்
சேமமேலன்றிது சாலச் சிக்கென நாம் இது சொன்னோம்
And wants him to return their clothes!!!