Sunday, May 22, 2022

Seven Steps around holy fire

7. VaranamAyiram (Thousand Elephants)

VaainallaarNalMaraiOdimandirattaal

PaasilaiNaanalPadutuPparidivaitu

KaaiSinaMagaliruAnnaanEn Kai Ppatri

TheevalamseiyyakanaaKandenTozhi naan

Meanings

Vaainallaar = chanting veda mantras, Nalla= good, Marai = Vedas,  Odi= chanting, mandirattaal= mandairams, Paasilai= beetle leaves, Naanal = sacred green grass, Padutu = twigs or samidha, Pparidivaitu, spreading all over, KaaiSina = when he came, He walked in in majesty of an elephant,MagaliruAnnaanEn Kai Ppatri = held my hand, Thee = fire (agni), valamseiyyakanaaKanden= I saw in dream,Tozhi= my Friend, naan = me.

Vedic scholars with their divine voice, appropriate pronunciation and perfect modulation reciting relevant sacred Mantras meant for the processes of celestial marriage, lush green beetle and mango leaves, grass pieces with fresh leaves, dry twigs for using as samidha, placed around the platform, Sri Krishna walked in majestic gait of mad elephant, held my right hand and took me for gentle seven steps around holy fire for circumambulations, so I dreamt, dear.

English poem

Sacred Vedic Mantras sung by brahmin scholars in all melody

Serene sounds of blessing songs, fresh beetle and mango leaves

Sacrificial fire kindled by Samidhas, Krishna like mighty elephant with

Gaiety clasped my hand, encircled holy fire, so I dreamt my friend.

Holy Fire God, who is considered most sacred of all angels, stands as the divine witness to the ceremonies of Paani Grahana, bride groom taking the hand of the bride in his hand, takes seven steps around the homakunda where the fire is kindled with dry twigs – Samidha, amidst Darbhas, tender green gross pieces, mango leaves and beetle nut leaves even as the Vedic Scholars recite Mantras appropriate for the wedding celebrations in the context. Goda describes her dream wherein the groom Sri Krishna, walks into mandap with all gaiety of mighty elephant, slowly comes near the bride and gently takes her beautiful hand with a pleasant smile.

Also read: Ranganatha holds Goda’s hand

Also read: Sri Krishna stepping in style

Also read: Yellow protective bonds on their hands

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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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