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Indra descends to discuss Goda’s marriage

3. Marriage Dreams of Goda

This is Godadevi’s third Pashuram of VaranamAyiram (Thousand Elephants)

Indhiranullittadevarkuzhaamyellam

Vandhirundhuyennai makalpesimandhirithu,

ManDhirakodiuduthi, mana  maalai,

AnDharichootta  kanaa  kandenthozhi naan

English Poem

Descended Indra with Angels all around

Discussed marital ceremonies & celebrities

Decorated me Naaraayani in smooth silks,

Dreamt so my dear, she gave fragrant flowers

Narayana is called Upendra, which means younger brother of Indra. In his capacity as elder brother Indra descended on Sri Villiputhur along with group of angels and friends to discuss the details of marriage ceremonies. Generally, the elderly personalities on either side of bride and groom will sit over and determine how the celebrations should go on.

Also read: Groom Ranganatha Arrives: Nishchitartham

Another important aspect of the ceremony is that groom’s sister will help bride to wear the special auspicious dress for the marriage. Groom is Narayana and His sister is Durga Devi. When Devaki gave birth to Krishna, her husband took him to Vrepally across the Yamuna river to reach the lap of Yashoda. After placing Krishna there, he lifts the girl child of Yashoda and comes back to Madhura Jail. As usual Kamsa wanted to kill the child and as he threw the child to fall on his sword, Yogamaaya warns and disappears in sky. Goda is referring to that who disappeared, using word Andari which means ‘that disappeared on that day’ Durgadevi came to Srivilliputhur and helped Goda in draping the marriage special silk saree, and adjusted some very scented flowers in the plait of Goda. These are the dream sequences Goda described to her friend in third Pashuram.

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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