Pancha Puranam

In Sri Premeshvarar Temple we sing a collection of sacred songs in Tamil at the end of the daily evening puja in front of Swamiji’s samadhi lingam. Collectively we call them, ‘Pancha Puranam’.  The Pancha Puranam refers to the five sacred books called, Tevaram, Tiruvasagam, Tiruvisaippa, Tiruppallandu and Periyapuranam.  In each of these books are hundreds of sacred songs that were composed by Tamil saints.  We sing just one or two songs from each collection.

 

1. Tevaram by Saint Tirugnana Sambandar

Pidiyaḍan Uruvumai Koḷamigu Kariyatu
Vaḍikodu Tanataḍi Vaḷipadum Avariḍar
Kaḍi Gaṇapati Vara Aruḷinan Migukoḍai
Vaḍivinar Payilvali Valamurai Iraiyē (x2)

The Divine Mother Uma,
Assuming the form of a female elephant,
And Lord Shiva, Lord of Valivalam,
Where live many good and charity-minded people,
Taking the form of a male elephant,
Graciously blessed the devotees and begat Ganapati,
He who removes the obstacles
Of all those who worship the Holy Feet of Lord Shiva!

2. Tevaram by Saint Appar

Sotrunai Vēdiyan Sōti Vānavan
Potrunai Tiruntadi Porunda Kaitola (x2)
Katrunai Pūtiyōr Kadalinut Pāychinum (x2)
Natrunai Yāvadu Namah Shivaya-vē (x2)

You are the master of the Vedas, in the form of light.
I salute your golden feet!
Even if they should tie my feet to a granite stone and throw me into the sea,
Your sacred mantra, Namah Shivaya, would save me from drowning!

3. Tiruvasagam by Saint Manikavasagar

Pūsuvadum Vennīru Pūn Paduvum Pongaravan
Pēsuvadum Thiruvāyāl Marai Pōlum Kānaidī
Pūsuvadum Pēsuvadum Pūn Paduvum Kondennai
Īsan Avan Evuyirkum Iyal Bānān Sālailō

Behold!  He besmears himself with white ash
And adorns himself with an angry serpent;
With his sacred lips the Vedas he speaks.
These – what he smears, what he wears, what he speaks –
Are the means by which he, as my Lord, reigns over me;
And he is the essence of all that has life. Hail!

LISTEN TO THE PANCHA PURANAM

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4. Thiruvisaipa by Saint Thirumaligai Devar

Ollivallar Villakē Ollapilā Onrē
Unarvu Sūl Kadandadōr Unarvē
Tellivallar Pallangkin Tiral Mani Kundrē
Sittatul Tittikum Tēnē
Allivallar Ullathu Ānanda Kanniyē
Ampallam Ādarang Kāga
Vellivallar Dēyva Kūthu Gandāyē
Thondanēn Villambumā Villambē

Oh, Shiva, you are the light that radiates throughout the worlds.
Seeing this vast, illimitable light, my senses leave me and I enter into bliss.
Your form is like a brilliant white shining mountain!
Contemplating on your form is like tasting the sweetest honey.
Seeing your cosmic dance, my heart, withered by maya, bursts into bloom.
Oh Shiva! How can I tell the world of your great glory?

5. Thirupallaandu by Saint Saindanar

Pālukku Pālagan Vēndi Alutida
Pāt Kadal Īnda Pirān
Mālukku Chakkaram Andru Arul Saidavan
Manniye Thilai Tanul
Ālikkum Andanar Vālgindra Thilai
Chitram Palamē Idam Āga
Pālithu Nattam Payilla Vallānukkē
Pallāndu Kūrudumē

Oh Lord! When the infant, Sambandar, cried out with hunger
You brought him an ocean of milk.
Drinking from this milk of wisdom, he became Jnanasambandar.
Oh Shiva! You who gave the chakra (disk) to Lord Vishnu
That he might destroy adharma (wickedness).
So many saints and sages praise and sing of your glory!
Oh Lord of the cosmic dance!

6. Periya Puranam by Saint Sekilar

Ullagellām Unarndu Ōdat Karīyavan
Nilavulā -viya Nīrmalī Vēniyen
Allagil Sōdiyen Ambala Tāduvān
Malar Silam Badi Vālti Vanangkuvām

Oh Lord! You who are unfathomable and inexpressible;
You, the carrier of the crescent moon and the waters of the Ganga.
You are beauty itself, a brilliant effulgent light.
Oh Shiva! I prostrate at your flower-like, ankletted feet;
You, Oh Lord, the performer of the cosmic dance.

7. Composed by Saint Arunagirinathar

Bhaktiyāl Yānunai Palagālum Patriyē Māthiru Pugal Pādi (x2)
Muthanā Mārennai Peru Vālvil
Muthiyē Sērvatat Karul Vāyē
Uthama Thānasat Guna Nēyā
Opillā Māmani Girivāsā
Vitakā Gnānasat Dini Pādā (2x)
Vetri Vēl Āyuda Perumālē (2x)

Countless days have I spent singing your praises with devotion!
Bless me and give me the wisdom that leads to liberation,
That I might see the priceless gem that is Lord Muruga,
He who lives on the mountain and leads us on the path of jnanam
Who holds the victorious spear,
The weapon with which he conquered the asuras;
He who is called Vetri Vel, the victorious Lord.

8. Composed by Sri Premananda Ashram

Guruvē Pōtri Thiruvē Pōtri Kuraigal Tīrkum Talaivā Pōtri (2x)
Maraigal Pōtrum Mādhava Pōtri (2x)
Malaradi Pōtri Thiruvē Pōtri
Guruvē Pōtri Thiruvē Pōtri Kuraigal Tīrkum Talaivā Pōtri

I praise you oh Guru, I praise you oh God, I praise you, who solves all my problems.
I praise you oh Madhava (Swamiji) who is praised by the vedas.
I praise your lotus feet, I praise you oh God,
I praise you oh Guru, I praise you oh God, I praise you, who solves all my problems.

9. Composed by Kachiappa

Vān Mugil Valādu Paiga Man Valam Surakka Mannan
Kōnmurai Arasu Saiga Kurai Vilā Tuyirgal Vālga
Nān Marai Arangal Ōnga Natravam Vēlvi Malga
Mēnmai Kol Saiva Nīti Vilangkuga Ullagam Ellām

May the clouds shower their beneficial rains without fail,
Bringing fertility to the whole earth.
May the king rule justly, and may all beings live contentedly, without any problems.
May the dharma of the four Vedas flourish,
May the yajnas performed with true penance thrive in number,
Let Sanatana Dharma shine its light all over the world.

Hara Hara Nama Pārvati Patayē
(Chorus:) Hara Hara Mahādēvā!
Tennādudaiya Sivanē Pōtri
(Chorus:) Ennātavarkum Iraivā Pōtri!
Sivamē Sūlga
(Chorus:) Ellorum Vālga!
(Chorus:) Tiruchitrambalam

                   Salutations to Parvati’s consort,
(Chorus:) Salutations to Lord Shiva!
                   You are the supreme Lord
(Chorus:) He is the supreme Lord for everyone!
                   Let everything be engulfed in Lord Shiva,
(Chorus:) Let everyone live prosperously,
(Chorus:) Salutations to His holiness who lives in Chidambaram.

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