“I am a serviteur of Somaasi Maaran of Tiruambar”
- The Tiru-th-Tonda-th-Tokai.
1. In Tiruambar rich in gardens where mangoes thrive,
He hailed from the clan of the holy practitioners
Of the Vedas; he was lofty in his disposition; if devotees
Of the Lord who burnt the triple hostile citadels
Came to him, he would fall at their feet
And treat them to sumptuous feast. (3630)
2. He was convinced that beatitude flowed out
Of the performance of the yaaga for the Lord—
Concorporate with His Consort whose speech is
Tuneful like the yaazh--,
In he way befitting the rules of the scriptures,
And without deviation, for the delight of all the seven worlds,
And that everlasting life is attained
By hailing the flower-feet of the Lord. (3631)
3. “What though their nature be, if yet they be
The serviteurs of the Lord, they would, as of right,
Be entitled to rule us!” Such was his conviction.
“The daily duty is to chant in truth the Panchaakshara
Of Siva for the clarification of the mind-heart.”
He stood poised in this, his way. (3632)
4. He reached Tiruvaaroor of great glory and wealth,
Gained the celebrated friendship of Van-tondar,
The devotee who wore garlands on his chest
And was close to the Lord in his servitorship,
And abode with him holding as his sole prop
Van-Tondar’s feet, hailed by heaven and earth. (3633)
5. He triumphed over the five senses and flaws
That are six; firmly convinced that Saivism is
That which lights the way on earth, he adored
The feet of Van-tondar and came to be blessed
By an especial beatitude; thus he reached
Aeviternal Siva-loka and was with bliss blessed. (3634)
6. In Otriyoor dight with fields and tanks, the Lord
Concorporate with his inseparable Consort Uma
Made His companion gain in wedding Sangkiliyaar
Of round breasts and soft and bamboo-like arms.
His feet alone are truly our refuge. (3635)
1. Tiruambar: This is not Innambar as suggested by Sivakkavi Mani
C.K. Subramaniya Mudaliyaar. The good Homer sometimes nods.
This Puranam is in five verses. St. Sekkizhaar does not refer
to this naayanaar by his name. He is called Somaasi which is a
corruption of Somayaagi. Somayaagi is one who performs a
particular type of yaaga pleasing to Siva.
Here ends the Puranam of Somaasi Maara Naayanaar
Sincere thanks to Sri. T N Ramachandran of thanjavur, for permitting his English rendering of the holy text periyapurANam be published here.