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Yellow protective bonds on their hands

4 Goda’sVaaranamAyiram

Godadevi in her fourth of ten Pashurams under the title VaranamAyiram (thousand elephants) described how the sacred water was brought from four sides to sanctify the platform readied for Kalyanotsavam.

Tamil Pashuram

Naal disaitheerthamkonarindhununinalgi,
paarpannachittargalpallaaryeduthuyetthi,
poopunaikannipunidhanoduendrannai ,
kaappunaannkattakanaakandenthozhi! naan.

Meaning

Nal =Four,diSai=Directions, Thirtham= Sacred water,Konarndu= brought, nani= bending down with respect, nalgi = giving it.
lpaarppanar = Brahmins wearing threads, paarppanac-cittargaL = best among Brahmanis, Vedic Scholars, Pallar = many of them, eduttueti: raising their singing volume to sing appropriate mantras, pupunai: decorating with flowers, kanni: garlands, punidanodu= holy Groom Ranganatha, endanai: along with me,
kaappu: yellow turmeric thread for protection was tied on groom and, naan: on my hand, katta= tied up, kanaakandentozhi naan = so I saw in dream, oh my friend.

English Poem

Sacred river waters brought from four sides

Scholars of Vedas Best of Brahmins blessed

Sang Mantras, Sprinkled on Groom and me,

Set Protective wrist bonds So I Dreamt Dear.


Just as the Vaanaras, under the Command of King Sugreeva brought water from the four oceans for SrI Rama Pattabhishekam, Goda Devi saw in her dream that the holy waters are being brought for her marriage from all four directions. The best vedic scholars were singing mantras and sprinkling the waters with blessings. Brahma, Periyaalwar and the Sapta Rishis along with vedic scholars took that sacred waters, purified further with Udaka Santi Mantrams and sprinkled on my head chanting blessing mantras. They tied yellow threat with mango leaf as protective bond on my wrist, after decorating the groom Ranganatha, so I dreamt dear friend. 

Also read: Indra descends to discuss Goda’s marriage

Also read: Groom Ranganatha Arrives: Nishchitartham

Also read: Krishna arrives with 1000 elephants around

Prof. M. Sridhar Acharyulu
Prof. M. Sridhar Acharyulu
Author is Dean, Professor of law at Mahindra University at Hyderabad and former Central Information Commissioner. He published a number books in English and Telugu.

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