ಉಳ್ಳವರು ಶಿವಾಲಯವ ಮಾಡುವರು
ನಾನೆನ ಮಾಡುವೆ ಬಡವನಯ್ಯ ?
ಎನ್ನ ಕಾಲೆ ಕಂಭ, ದೆಹವೆ ದೆಗುಲ
ಶಿರವೆ ಹೊನ್ನ ಕಲಶವಯ್ಯ
Song as Romanized text
uLLavaru shivaalayava maaDuvaru
naanena maaDuve baDavanayya ?
enna kaale kaMbha, dehave degula
shirave honna kalashavayya
Those who have build Shiva temples.
What can I do, a poor fellow?
My leg is the pillar, body is the sanctum,
head is the golden tower!
Oh Lord of Kudalasangama!
There is end to the installed,
but no end to the mobile (temple)!
1. Building gigantic temples for the Lord is needed
so that the devotees can congregate and worship.
Those who build such temples are virtuous!
However, that does not absolve one, who does not
have the finance to relinquish from that.
The body itself is a temple. No lack of wealth
can stop one from realizing the Lord Shiva in the
temple of the body itself or even
enshrined in the soul itself!!
That temple never gets ruined.
So, what stops us from worshipping in our private temple?!
2. c.f. Which is the best temple of God ? - thirumoolar thirumantiram