"I am a serviteur of Viran Mindar
Of Kunroor girt with spreading gardens."
- The Tiru-th-Tonda-th-Tokai
1. It is a country gained by Parasi Rama
The tapaswi great who hailed the ankleted feet
Of the Lord, the wearer of konrai chapleted fragrant
On His matted hair, and gained for a boon the battle-axe.
It is Malai Nadu rich with the wealth
Of the billowy sea, arable lands and mountains. (491)
2. Bright pearls of sea, pearls from sugarcanes
That grow in the fields, cool pearls of bamboos,
And lustrous pearls that fall from the tusks of tuskers:
These were cunningly threaded into garlands
By damsels whose white teeth were rows of pearls.
With these throve Sengkunroor, the first
Amongst the divine cities of Kerala. (492)
3. The glory of this city pervades the whole world;
With the wealth yielded by fields where teem swans,
The Brahmins throve thither poised in the way of the Vedas,
Pure and unsullied as leaders; this city indeed is
The dwelling place of such great families. (493)
4. From this city, to illumine the clan of Velalas
Hailed he, who clung to the ineffably glorious feet
Of Lord Siva, and scorned away all other desires;
He, our deity Viran Mindar was devoted to
The true servitors, whose greatness is bourneless. (494)
5. Impelled by a spiraling love to adore the shrines
Where the Lord who sports on His matted hair
The crescent and the Ganga, willingly abides,
He took to pilgrimage; he would, wherever he went,
First hail the holy company ripe in devotion rich
And then only the Lord Himself; this was
The beatitude which he was blessed with. (495)
6. He passed Malai Nadu of golden cascades
And went through orbis terrarum, pursuing
And strengthening the path of devotion firm;
He, the peerless one eventually arrived at Tiruvaroor
Where the Lord who bent the firm-based Mt.Meru into a bow
And smote the triple cities, is enthroned on the Car
Whose steeds are the four Vedas, and hailed Him. (496)
7. He declared Van-tondar to be anathema
As he coursed into the temple without first
Hailing the holy devotees of Siva who lustrously thronged
In the Devasiriyan, rich in grace divine.
It was thus he was by Siva blessed;
Eke was he to be blessed by Him still further. (497)
8. “Arooran who went straight without hailing
The holy devotees of Siva who bent
The sky-high Meru into a bow,
And also his ruling Lord who wears the crescent
On His crest and lakes as His jewels,
Are both taboo for us.” Thus he declared.
Yet it is even from them he received grace pure.
Who can ever like unto him hail devotees thus? (498)
9. For the world to thrive, for our own flourishing
And for the prospering of the goodly ways of Saivism
Aroorar composed and hymned (before Devasiriyan)
The Tiru-th-Tonda-th-Tokai; the Lord who was not to be
Comprehended by the Vedas rich in chhandas
Declared: “We abide where devotees are.”
Who can hymn the glory of the Lord who devoured
Poison which into nectar He transformed? (499)
10. Viran Mindar who for many many days
Served on earth the cause of Saivism, sublime and lofty,
By the grace of our Lord, fittingly reached the shade
Of His feet and for ever thrives as a Gana-Natha. (500)
11. Why expatiate further? The world is enlightened by
The Tiru-th-Tonda-th-Tokai and it is to Viran Mindar we owe it.
Is it given to me to hail him in full?
We wear on our crown his feet and proceed to
Narrate the service of the merchant Amar-Niti of Arai. (501)
1 1 Parasi Rama : He was the son of Jamadagni who was murdered by
the Kshatriya Karthaveeryarjuna, the thousand-armed.
To avenge the death of his father, he performed
extra-ordinary askesis with which Siva was pleased.
The Lord gave him for a boon, Parasu, a battle-axe.
Thereafter he came to be known as Parasu Rama. In
his violent dislike for kshatriyas he did away with,
not only Karthaveeryarjuna, but many others too. To
rid himself of the sin of regicide, he desired to gift
a whole country to pious Brahmins. He threw into the
southern sea his battle-axe and implored Varuna (Sea)
to recede. The sea receded and land appeared. This
land is known as Parasu-Rama-Kshe-tra. This is called
Malai Nadu as it is dight with multitudinous ranges of
hills. This realm goes by the name Kerala, in modern
2 Cunningly : Skillfully.
Sincere thanks to Sri. T N Ramachandran of thanjavur, for permitting his English rendering of the holy text periyapurANam be published here.