Obeisance to Goddess of Knowledge

By N.V. Subbaraman

In continuation of my article on Bharathiyar in the 19th February issue of INDIAN PERIODICAL, we are going to have Part 3 dealing with Bharathiyar’s obeisance to the Goddess of Learning and knowledge –SARASWATHI. Mahakavi Bharathiyar has sung in praise of GODDESS SARASWATHI in many heads… Two of his songs in original and my translation in English are given in this week’s Indian Periodical issue.

Translated version in English:

God realizing all divinity

Removing the evils from the society

The learned seeking salvation adore

Achievers to accomplish

what they seek to achieve  revere

Workers working hard respect

God of the poet, God of the Gods

Dwells the Mother of knowledge and power

                          On the pretty petals of the lovely lotus!

         ~*~

Original in Tamil:

தெய்வம் யாவும் உணர்ந்திடும் தெய்வம்

தீமை காட்டி விலக்கிடுந் தெய்வம்;

உய்வ மென்ற கருத்துடையோர்கள்

உயிரி னுக்குயி ராகிய தெய்வம்;

செய்வ மென்றொரு செய்கை யெடுப்போர்

செம்மை நாடிப் பணிந்திடு தெய்வம்

கை வருந்தி உழைப்பவர் தெய்வம்

கவிஞர் தெய்வம், கடவுளர் தெய்வம்!

~*~

Pronunciation:

Dheyvam yaavum uNarndhidum dhayvam

Theemai kaatti  vilakkidum dheyvam

Uyva menra karuththudaiyoarkaL

Uyiri nukkuyi raagiya dheyvam

Seyva menroru seygai eduppoar

Semmai naadip paNindhidu dheyvam

Kai varundshi uzhaippavar dheyvam

Kavingar dheyvam, kadavuLar dheyvam.

~*~

                                                                          Translated version in English:

Oh! In the land of Tamils, come on,

Together we offer our prayers!

Easy to offer all our prayers

Chanting her names with devotion

Arranging the books in order

Flowers and sandalwood powder over

Dwells the Mother of knowledge and power

On the pretty petals of the lovely lotus!

~*~

Original in Tamil

Seந்த மிழ்மணி நாட்டிடை யுள்ளீர்!

சேர்ந்தித் தேவை வணங்குவம் வாரீர்!

வந்த னம்இவட் கேசெய்வ தென்றால்

வாழி யஃதிங் கெளிதென்று கண்டீர்!

மந்திரத்தை முணுமுணுத் தேட்டை

வரிசை யாக அடுக்கி அதன்மேல்

சந்த னத்தை மலரை இடுவோர்

சாத்தி ரமிவள் பூசனை யன்றாம்!

~*~

Pronunciation:

Sendhamizh maNi naattidai yuLLeer!

Serndhith thaevai vaNangkuvam vaareer!

Vandha namivat kaeseyva dhenraal

Vaazhiyahudhing gaLidhenru kaNdeer!

Mandhiraththai muNumuNuth thaettai

VarisaiyAaga adukki adhan mael

Sandha naththai malaria iduvoar

Saaththi ram ivaL poosanai enraam.

About the Author: Mr. N V Subbaraman from Tamilnadu is a bilingual poet, a Versatile Blogger, writer, scholar, trainer and communicator with thirty seven books to his credit including 16 translated works in prose and verse.

One Comment

  1. O K R Sivagnanam says:

    The divine power of Goddess Saraswathi is limitless, and is set to clear the society of all its evils!
    The learned turn to HER for the remedy they look for!
    The repeated chanting of HER name with due devotion makes acomplishments possibe for sure!
    Offering prayers to the books with accompanying shower of flowers and sandalwood powder,is nothing but glorifying the Goddess of Learning,sitting pretty on the lotus petals!
    And this is the sweet way Bharathiyar adopts to adore the Goddess!

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