"I am a servitor of Maani, the wearer
Of streaked bangles."
- The Tiru-th-Tonda-th-Tokai.
1. She is the peerless queen of women, our deity,
The divine shoot of the Chola dynasty, Maani of Kanni Naadu,
Who wears bangles, the goddess throned on the red Lotus,
The divine woman who did away with the blame
Of the Paandya race: by the grace of our lord--
The Prince of Sanbai--, she abolished the evil
That beset Tamil naadu and propagated
They way of the Holy Ash of soaring effulgence;
We hail the feet of those that hail her feet. (4189)
2. How can we even articulate the glory of her who was
Endowed with the tapas to get hailed in a glowing
Hymn by the Prince of Pukali--the crest-jewel
Of the earthly celestials--, who having quaffed
Nectarean gnosis, poured forth holy words from his lips?
She flourished for many years as the consort of Netumaaran
Of flawless renown-- the monarch of the Paandya realm--,
And his guide of Saivism,
And with him reached through the path of Saivism
The umbrage cast by the Lord’s feet; she is
Blessed to abide aeviternally there. (4190)
3. The unfailing divine Ponni fosters foison
And thereby, the Chola dynasty; even like her
Beauteous Chola country, she--a glorious lamp--,
Caused the southern realm of the Paandya to shine
In splendour; hailing her pretty and roseate feet
We proceed to narrate the glory of Nesar, the great one
Of the renowned weavers’ clan, who poised
Unswervingly in his righteous way, gave away
To servitors clothing, keel and kovanam woven by him. (4191)
This woman-saint is the Saviour of Saivism. Her greatness is ineffable. Like a
magnet she drew to her presence the first of the Aachaaryas, namely St. Sambandhar.
She is indeed an amsa of the Magna Mater.
Here ends the Puranam of Mangkayarkkarasiyaar
Sincere thanks to Sri. T N Ramachandran of thanjavur, for permitting his English rendering of the holy text periyapurANam be published here.