Monday, May 12, 2008

Srinivasan Sei Intha Vishnuthaasan thaan !!


Ettil Ainthu En Kazhiyum Endrum Ainthil Ettu En Kazhiyathu
Ashta Aksharam erkum Nenju Panja aksharam Paarkathu !!
Verasaivargal Munnal Engal Veeravainavam Thorkathu
Mannan Solluku Anji Enrum Merke Sooriyan Udikkathu
Raja Lakshmi Naayagan Srinivasanthaan
Srinivasan Sei Intha Vishnuthaasanthaan
Naattil Undu Aayiram Rajaraajar Thaan
Rajanukku Raajan Intha Rangaraajan Thaan !!
Well, try to get a deep meaning of these lyrics, for, they are gonna be very popular soon. Let Dasavatharam get released and then every TV will telecast this song. This song, ‘kallai mattum kandal’ has real good lyrics, and the filming has been excellent. I was impressed the first time I heard it, and then I took a look at the lyrics, and immediately, a deep urge started to peck me up, to write this post. Here I am.
This scenario of this song is like, a vaishnavite (worshippers of lord Vishnu) is forced to take up Saivism (Follower’s of lord Shiva), and he refuses. As a result, the king orders him to be thrown in to the sea, tied up with the big idol of Vishnu. As far as I saw the clippings, this is the scenario.
This story is happening in an old era, the period when Saivam & Vaishnavam ruled Tamil Nadu. Now, let’s take a closer look at the ancient Tamil Nadu and the culture existed. The earliest known Tamil work is Tolkaappiyam. Its period dates back to almost 8000 BC by some scholars, and some say it’s around the earliest years of the Christian era. But, it has many Sanskrit words, from which it becomes evident that the age is a very earliest one. We’ll discuss about this in another topic .
Anyhow, during the earliest known years of Tamil Nadu, it was under the clutch of Buddhism and Jainism. Saivam & Vaishnavam were sidelined by these religions, and most kings embraced either one of these religions. The earliest known Tamil dynasty, with proofs of its existence is the Pallava clan. The date: around 4th century AD. The famous known Pallava kings were Mahendra Varma & Narasimha Varma, father and son. It’s a well known fact that Mahendra Varma, a converted Jain, forced Appar (Thirunaavukkarasar) to die, as Appar got converted from Jainism to Saivism. He made Appar to be dreaded over by en elephant, threw him in to the sea, tied to a rock. But, finally, having seen Appar not affected by any of these, Mahendra Varma embraced Saivism. There is no historical proof about the miracles happening to Appar, but history distinctively states that Mahendra Varma got converted to a Saiva, during his tenure. These miracles are given in Thevaram, a holy book of hymns about lord Shiva.
The reason I’m stating all these, is that, in the ancient Tamil Nadu, there were rigorous disputes between religions. Initially it was between either Jainism & Saivism or Buddhism & Saivism. Later, after Aadhi Sankara expelled Buddhism & Jainism from the country, the disputes started between Saivam & Vaishnavam. There were great devotees from both the groups, and sometimes, the disputes were also common.
This song portrays such a dispute, where the Saiva king orders a Vaishnavite to be thrown in to the sea tied with the statue of Ranganatha. There is a slightest realistic proof in reality for such an incident. In this song, it comes as “Mannuga Thillai Valarga Nam Bakththargal [Found in thiruppallandu – sendhanar]”. Also, there is one line stating 'Thollai Thanthabothum Engal Thillai Maarathu', where there is reference to Thillai (Chitambaram – a major shiva shrine). Now, this thillai also has a Vishnu temple. Vishnu resides there as Govindaraja. Once, the famous Chola king Kulothunga Chozha removed the Vishnu idol from the temple, for renovating the temple. But this was taken as persuation by the vaishnavites, and it caused a problem, but all went well, due to the power the king had. Later, the idol was reinstated. Another version also exists, that the king threw the Vishnu idol in to the sea. It seems evident from the lyrics that this version is followed in the film.
The slow murmured humming of hymns from the Thevaram & Prabandham adds beauty to this song. Kamal has beautifully blended both Thevaram & Prabhandam hymns here (Thevaram - Mannuga Thillai Valarga Nam Bakththargal, Vanjjagar Poy Agala; Ponnin Sey Mandabaththu Ulle Pugundhu, Buvani Ellam Vilangga. Prabandham - Pallandu Pallandu Pallayirathandu, Pala Kodi Nurayiram;Mallanda Thin Thole Manivanna, Nin Sevadi Sevvi Thiruk Kappu). It adds a mystic effect, as if we are standing there, witnessing the song. As I was hearing it, I was really attracted towards the lyrics and the tune. Great work by Vaali & I’m sure Kamal’s influence was a major part in the music, as one cannot even imagine Himesh to give such a tune, even in the wildest of one’s nightmares (??!!).
This song has a haunting effect, with memoirs reaching back to the saiva-vaishnava connection, the problems and everything, combined together with the magnanimous filming of Kamal being thrown in to the ocean. WOW!!
Dasavatharam - Come what may, we are waiting for U !!!!!!

Complete Lyrics of the song: (See the comments section for the translation)
Om Namo Narayanaaaaaya..
Kallai Mattum Kandal Kadavul Theriyathu,
Kadavul Mattum Kandal Kalladi Theriyathu.. (2)

Ettil Ainthu En Kazhiyum Endrum, Ainthil Ettu Aaen Kazhiyathu
Ashta Aksharam Aerkum Nenju Panjaraaksharam Paarkathu
Voonak Kannil Paataal Yaavum Kutramthaan
Nyanak Kannil Paataal Yaarum Suttamthaan

Mannuga Thillai Valarga Nam Baththargal, Vanjjagar Poy Agala,
Ponnin Sey Mandabaththu Ulle Pugundhu, Buvani Ellam Vilangga,

Pallandu Pallandu Pallayirathandu, Pala Kodi Nurayiram,
Mallanda Thin Thole Manivanna, Nin Sevadi Sevvi Thiruk Kappu

Illai Endru Sonna Pinbum Indriamaiyathu
Thollai Thanthabothum Engal Thillai Maarathu (2)
Verasaivargal Munnal Engal Veeravainavam Thorkathu
Mannan Solluku Anji Enrum Maerkae Sooriyan Udikkathu
Raaja Lakshmi Naayagan Srinivasanthaan
Srinivasan Sei Intha Vishnuthaasanthaan
Naatil Undu Aayiram Rajaraajar Thaan
Rajanukku Raajan Intha Rangaraajan Thaan

Neerukullae Mooikhinalum Neethi Saagathu
Nenjukullae Vaazhum Engal Jothi Saagathu (2)
Veesum Kaatru Vanthu Vilakanaikum
Vennilavai Aathu Anaithiduma
Kottum Vaanmazhai Nilam Nanaikum
Antha Vaanam Thannai Aathu Aanaithiduma
Saivam Endru Paarthaal Theivam Theriyathu
Theivam Endru Paarthaal Samayam Kidaiyathu..
(Kallai Mattum..)

16 comments:

Shree said...

Kewl... I wud call this as ur best blog so far... looks like a lot of 'mythical' or 'religious' knowledge that u've has taken shape here. Nice to know things abt shiva & vishnu worship..

Whale of a good job :)

Jan said...

soooperbbb.. know what ? i am an unknown person seeing ur blog , i was just curious to know the meaning and lyrics and so i googled and found ur link.. get going .. very nice ..

Taurean Trampling said...

very very intriguing write up....if you could get the hymn before the song stats kindly send it to me....there is a shiva hymn much before kallai mattum kandaal...

The S c o r p said...

The Siva hymn is from Sri Rudram. It also comes before the 'adhanda Idhanda ' song from Arunachalam. It starts like

'Namasthe Asthu Bhagavan Vishweswaraya mahadevaya tryambakaya tripuraandakaya trikaagni kaalaya kaalagnirudraya neelagantaya mrutunjayaaya sarveshvaraaya sadha sivaaya sriman mahadevaya namaha'..

Oops I hv given the entire manthra here... :) ... Nice observation .. these lyrics come only in the movie and not with the soundtrack.. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I am from North India and know nothing about Tamil but I really want to know the meaning of this song. Can you please translate this for me ?

Many Thanks
Manjul
manjuls@yahoo.com

The S c o r p said...

This is the meaning of the song when translated roughly..

Kallai Mattum Kandal Kadavul Theriyathu,
God won’t be known if the statue is seen as a mere stone..

Kadavul Mattum Kandal Kalladi Theriyathu.. (2)
The stone won’t be seen if god is seen in the statue
Ettil Ainthu En Kazhiyum Endrum, Ainthil Ettu Aaen Kazhiyathu
5 can be subtracted from 8 whereas 8 can never be subtracted from 5..

Ashta Aksharam Aerkum Nenju Panjaraaksharam Paarkathu
The heart which accepts the astakshar (Meaning the 8 letters in om namo narayana) won’t accept the panchakshar (om nama shivaya)

Voonak Kannil Paataal Yaavum Kutramthaan
Everything is wrong if seen from the naked eye

Nyanak Kannil Paataal Yaarum Suttamthaan
Everything is sacred when seen from the divine eye (the third eye)
Mannuga Thillai Valarga Nam Baththargal, Vanjjagar Poy Agala,
Ponnin Sey Mandabaththu Ulle Pugundhu, Buvani Ellam Vilangga,
Pallandu Pallandu Pallayirathandu, Pala Kodi Nurayiram,
Mallanda Thin Thole Manivanna, Nin Sevadi Sevvi Thiruk Kappu
Verses from a tamil devotional book..
Illai Endru Sonna Pinbum Indriamaiyathu
Even if we deny it, it becomes indispensable (the god)

Thollai Thanthabothum Engal Thillai Maarathu (2)
Even if any sort of trouble is given, our thillai (the name of the city) will never change..
Verasaivargal Munnal Engal Veeravainavam Thorkathu
Our Vaishnavism will never lose to the saivism

Mannan Solluku Anji Enrum Maerkae Sooriyan Udikkathu
The sun will never rise in the west even if the king orders so..

Raaja Lakshmi Naayagan Srinivasanthaan
Srinivasa (the lord) is accompanied by his wife Lakshmi

Srinivasan Sei Intha Vishnuthaasanthaan
(Likewise) This Vishnu daasa is the child of the lord Srinivasa

Naatil Undu Aayiram Rajaraajar Thaan
There are thousands of kings all over the country..
Rajanukku Raajan Intha Rangaraajan Thaan
But this rangaraja (The name of the Vishnu in thillai – chitambaram) is the king of kings
Neerukullae Mooikhinalum Neethi Saagathu
The justice will never die even if it’s thrown deep down the water
Nenjukullae Vaazhum Engal Jothi Saagathu (2)
The jyothi living inside our heart will also never die

Veesum Kaatru Vanthu Vilakanaikum Vennilavai Aathu Anaithiduma
The wind can blow out a small lamp; but it can never blow out the moon
Kottum Vaanmazhai Nilam Nanaikum Antha Vaanam Thannai Aathu Aanaithiduma
The pouring rain will wet the land ; but it can never wet the sky

Saivam Endru Paarthaal Theivam Theriyathu
When seen from the angle of saivism (the extremists at that time), the lord can never be seen

Theivam Endru Paarthaal Samayam Kidaiyathu..
When seen from the perspective of the lord, the religion will never be seen

Anonymous said...

THANKS A LOT !!! I AM REALLY IMPRESSED BY YOUR QUICK RESPONSE AND EXCELLENT TRANSLATION.

GOD BLESS YOU !

Manjul

Anonymous said...

how did Himesh get picked for this project??

The S c o r p said...

Kamal is an expert in things like this .. since he filmed it in Hindi also, at the time of starting the movie be4 2 years, Himesh was popular in Hindi.. So, he booked him. . Since it would attract more Hindi audiences..

crankygeek said...

awesome post .. it really shows how deeply u analysed things from this song n it s very gud 2 c u explaining things to tat north indian guy ..

KARTHIK.B.R said...

Thank all u guys for u r comments on this song. I was eager to know this
meaning when i heard this song.
The Scorp its really fine da.
Wat ever it may be there is one God
it is "KNOWLEDGE"
"AHAM BRAHMASMI" fine good life for all

Bruce said...

hi there- i have been looking on the net for the english meanings for this song for very long and came to tis blog-WOW that is a brillaitn job-thanks for helping -this has to be 1 of my all time fav tunes ever- the movie superb
thnx for tis blog-Bruce fm SOuth Africe

akshaya said...

awesome song i have been searchin 4 a long time 4 translation thnk u very much :)
yours friendly,
akshaya kumar

akshaya said...

awesome song thank u very much i have been searchin 4 this translation 4 a long time thnk god i got ur website.
yours friendly,
AkshayaKumar

Maayan said...

i have translated the song up to my knowledge…
one who looks only stone, cant see the god!
one who looks only God, cant see the stone!
5 can be deducted from 8 but 8 cant be deducted from 5
(likewise) hearts who take ashta aksharam (namo narayanaya) will not take
pancha raksharam (om namasivaya)
Thy believes are bad when you seen with bad eyes (materialistic)
thy believes are good when you seen with good eyes (knowledge)
May devotees of thillai (Narayana) always expanding here and make the enemies afraid to run
Thou enter the temple of gold and realise the world to know the power (of narayana)
(Thirupallandu from Sudi kodutha sudarkodi Andal who has sung for Narayana)
years of years, Thousands of years, billion of years
ruling the world with his strong shoulders Manivanna, dedicating this song to his feet!
(for worshipping narayana)They said ‘No’, however it is unbreakable
whatever we suffer, our thillai (temple of narayana) remains unmovable
Veera vainava(worshipping narayana) wont be conquered by veera saiva (worshipping siva)
Sun will not rise west because of the king’s (rajendra chola) orders
the husband of rajalakshmi is Srinivasan
the heir of srinivasan is me! Vishnuthasan
There are thousands of kings living here
but the king of all the kings should be our Rangaraajan (Narayana)
Truth will not bedrown when you threw it under the water
A light (of narayana) will never been off from our bottom of the heart
The blow of wind made thy lamp shaken
but not thou blissful rays of moon
The shower of rain made thy earth wet
but not thou Sky, where it falls from!
Belief of only shaiva would make no god
Belief of one god would make no religions

Arulkumar Periasamy said...

Can you able to identify the info about the Tamil song which sung by a saint in the 12th century opening scene.

I can't get the exact lyrics, but watching the video I can get these lines.

thuil vaala nedu thooli puvi vaala muthleeru pugalvedhanu

eyal vaala umai vaalvathoru iruthaalil isai paaduvom


But Google with those lyrics I didn't get any information. Can you help me?

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