(The greatness of Kumkumam)
(Kumkumam the red powder prepared by mixing turmeric and lime is a great sign of auspiciousness among all Hindus in India. All married women wear it as Bindi as the mark of auspiciousness and this prayer in Tamil recounts the greatness of Kumkumam )
1.Kumkumavathu kuraikalai theerpathu,
Kumkumavathu kudiyinai kappathu ,
Kunkumavathu gunamathu alippathu
Kumkumavathu kolvinai theerpathu.
1.,It is kumkumam that fulfills all our wants m
It is Kumkumam that protects our family ,
It is Kumkumam that gives you good nature ,
It is kumkumam that removes the accumulated sins.
2,Vidhi thanai velvathu vimalayin kumkumam,
Nidhi thanai eevathu nirmalayin kumkumam,
Pathi thanai kappathu pathivruthai kumkumam,
Gathi thanai aalvathum kumkumamame.
2.It is the Kumkumam of the pure one that wins over fate ,
It is the Kumkumam of the spotless one that gives wealth,
It is the Kumkumam of the virtuous wife that protects the husband,
Is the Kumkumam that protects our direction in life
3.THanjam yendorarai thaduthandu kolvathum ,
Pancha maapathagam parinthume theerpathum ,
Anjina perukku abhayam alippathum,
Kanchi Kamakshiyin Kumkumame
3.It is the Kumkuma of Kanchi Kamakshy ,
That protects all those who say “I surrender”,
That with kindness cleanses those who have done five great sins,
And give protection to those who are scared.
4.Narpadam eevathu narani kumkumam,
POrpinai eevathu poorani kumkumam,
Chirparamavathu Suvakami kumkumam,
Karpinai kappathum kumkumamame.
4.It is Kumkumam of Narayani that gives salvation,
It is the Kumkumam of Poorani that gives responsibility,
It is the KUmkumam of Shivakami that is divine ,
And it is Kumkumam which protects your virtue.
5.Chenchudar polvathu cheerana kumkumam,
Konjum azhagai koduppathu kumkumam,
Anju pulankal adakki arulvathum,
Kanch kamakshiyin Kumkumamame.
5. The Good Kumkumam is like a red flame of fire ,
It is that Kumkumam which gives prettiness which lisps,
And it is the Kumkumam of Kamakshi,
That controls the five senses.
6.Noyinai theerpathum , nunnarivu eevathum ,
Peyinai theerpathum , perum pugazh eevathum ,
Cheyinai kappthum , chelvam tharuvathum ,
Thayinai architha Kumkumaame
6.It is that Kumkumam which is used to worship the mother,
That puts an end to sickness , which gives keen understanding,
Which drives away ghosts, which gives one great fame ,
Which protects the baby and which gives wealth.
7,Sakthi koduppathum , sathiyam kappathum ,
Bhakthi alippathum , para gathi eevathum,
Mukthi koduppathum , mummalam theerppathum,
Sidhi tharuvathum , Kumkumamame.
7.It is Kumkumam which gives strength,
Which protects truth , which gives devotion,
Which gives a great after life, which gives salvation,
Which puts an end to three type of dirt in our life,
And which leads to divine powers.
8.Nenjil kavalaikal neeki arulvathum,
Chenchor kavi padum cheerinai yeevathum,
Vancha pakaivarai vatti yarulvathum ,
Kanchi Kamakshiyin kumkumamame.
8.It is the KUmkumam of Kamakshi ,
That blesses and removes worries from our mind,
That grants us the ability to sing poems using great words,
And That which makes our evil enemies fade away.
9.Siva , Siva endru thiru neeru anintha pin,
Shivakamiye yena chithuthu anivathum,
THavamana melorum tharithu kalippathum,
Pala Vinai theerkkum kumkumam,ame.
9.It is Kumkumam which takes away several sins ,
And which is applied by great sages meditating,
On the her name as Shivakami after
Applying sacred ash chanting Shiva and Shiva .
10.Yevai yevai karuthidil avai avai yeevathum,
Nava vagai sakthiyin nalanai koduppathum,
Kuvi chei karathudan kumbitta perukku,
Kuvi nidhi eevathum Kumkumamame
10.It is Kumkumam which gives all that we desire,
Which gives the goodness of nine types of Shakthi(Goddess/power),
And give huge stacks of treasure to those,
Who have saluted with folded hands.
11.Ashta Lakshmi arul athu alippathum,
Ishtangal eevathum , eedatha kumkumam,
Kashtam thavirppathum , kathu yenai aalvathum ,
Saistarai cheivathum Kumkumamame.
11.It is peerless Kumkumam that gives blessings
Of Ashta Lakshmi and fulfills all our desires ,
It is that Kumkumam which avoids sufferings,
Protect and rule over me and makes one disciplined.
12.Kushtam mudalana maarogam theerpathum,
Nashtam varathoru nalanai koduppathum,
Ettum irandum arivithor veedinai ,
Kittave cheivathum kumkumamame.
12.It is KUmkumam which cures great diseases like leprosy,
Gives good things without causing loss,
And make us reach the heaven ,
Of those who made us understand what is eight and two.(who made me intelligent)
13.Patta kalile padumena kashtangal,
Vittidamale vanthume vattinum,
Pattana Parvathi padam paninthe ,
Ittar idar Kumkumamame
13.It is Kumkumam which keeps away ,
Problems which come like the saying,
“A wounded leg gets hits once again”,
By making us bow before the silken feet of Parvathi.
14.CHitham thanai sudhi cheyvatharkku eliyathor,
Ethum theriyatha emantha madhare ,
NItham thozhuthu annai kumkumam thanai,
Nitham darithume veedu adaiveere.
14.Oh cheated ladies , who do not know ,
A trick tp easily clean the mind ,
Daily salute and daily wear ,
The kumkumam of mother and reach your home(attain salvation)
15.Minchum azhagudan kumkuma aadai kol,
Chenchudaragumor Kanchi kamakshiyin,
Kancha malar mukam thannil thigazhvathum,
Pancha nidhi thaum Pumkumamame.
15. It is that Kumkumam which gives us the five treasures,
Which shines in the lotus like face of Kanchi Kamakshi,
Who with ebbing beauty wears dress of Kumkuma colour,
And who is like the reddish burning flame.