Neerayya Cauvery- A Panaka pooja song of Palghat villages
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(The people of Kerala especially of Malabar are great devotees of the Pazhani temple in Tamil Nadu. About 70 years back there was a practice among Palghat Brahmins of coming as a procession to this temple during the Thai Poosam festival from various parts of Kerala. The procession used to start from Thaliparambu in northern Kerala and would walk all the way from there to Pazhani. On the way in each Brahmin Agraharam they visit this procession would conduct a “Panaka Pooja” besides collecting food items and money for distribution in Pazhhani during Thai poosam. The Panaka pooja would start with a worship of Lord Subrahmnya and then several devotees would recite stotrams and songs, mostly written as Virutham.The tempo of music used to go up and up as the night progresses and God will enter several people. They would be pacified by applying sacred ash on them. It would end with the distribution of Panakam to every one present . Finally the procession would reach Pazhani bare footed before Thai Poosam day. They would normally stay in a Choultry called Kozhuman Yajmanan Sathram. There day and night all people who come would be fed. Unfortunately this systemhas almost vanished.A small group does visit Pazhani from Palghat as a procession. That grandeur of Panaka Pooja which used to shake all the Palghat Brahmins with devotion has almost vanished. I am giving below a popular song of Panaka Pooja .I agree that the Tamil used has mistakes and some amount of Palghat lingua has crept in. It is only with tears that I recollect those great Panaka Pooja festivals in villages of Palghat . If I have committed mistakes, please send me the correct lines of the song.)
1.Neerayya Cauvery , nithyamayya SAngu nadham,
Therayya thai poosam desathaar kondata .
Pasi padarntha malai, Panguni therodum malai ,
OOsi padarntha malai , Rudaraksham kaykkum malai ,
Malaikkum malai naduve Malayala desamellam,
Avaradakki chirayeduppar , Aarumukha velone.
1.You are the Cauvery and daily the sound of conch is heard,
With the people celebrating the chariot on the Thai poosam day,
The mountain is spread with green algae , The mountain where chariot runs in Panguni,
The mountain spread with needles, The mountain where Rudraksha yields seeds,
The entire Malayalam country is in between mountain and mountain ,
Would be conquered and made as theirs by people , Oh Lord with six heads holding a Vel
2,Vandi neri neriya , malayai chuthi theroda ,
Vajramani ther meethil , yengal Subrahmanyar vaararo ,
Kinnathil chandanavum , kili mooku vethilayum,
Avar alli alli poojai cheivar , Arumukha velone
2.With carts jostling with each other , with chariot running round the mountain,
On the chariot made with diamond and gems , Is our Lord Subrahmanya coming,
They would offer you all worship with sandal paste in a cup,
And the parrot nose like betel leaves, , Oh Lord with six heads holding a Vel
3.Annan illai, Thambi illai,
Yennai Aadarippar aarum illai,
Yen aandavane , Meyyane ,
Yennai aadraippar aalumundo
3.I do not have elder brother nor a younger brother,
I do not have any one to support me,
Oh my God who rules me and who is real truth,
Are there people who would support me,
4,Veleduthu Kachai ketti , vidham vidhamai mayil yeri,
THandi malayerum shanmuganaar neerallavo
4. Are you not the Shanmuga ,Holding the Vel , getting battle ready ,
Climbing in various ways on the peacock ,
5.Uchiyil jdayirukkum , ullankayyil vel irukkum,
Nethriyil neer irukkum , neerada vaararo.
5.He will have matted hair on his head , he holds on his hand the Vel,
He wears sacred ash on his forehead, Is he coming to take bath?
6.Madathai katti vaithu , mayilukalai kudi iruthi,
Madamum ingirukka, mayil pona nyayamenna?
6.After building the stage and making peacocks live there,
When the building is here , What is the justice in peacocks going away?
7.Yeratha mayil yeri, iragu rendum thathalithu,
Paaramal thai poosam , Pazhani malai velone?
7.Climbing on a peacock which no one has climbed , Making both wings struggle,
Without seeing Thai poosam, Oh Lord holding Vel of Pazhani mountain?
8.Idumban oru puramaam , iru puramaam kavadikal ,
Kadamba vanam kadanthu varuguthayya kavadigal.
8.With Hidumba on one side , On both sides Kavadi ,
After crossing Kadamba forest , the Kavadis are coming
9.Aarkattu seemayile aaru laksham ksvadikal,
Therkattu seemayile, desamellam kavadigal,
9,While in arcot region there were six lakh kavadi,
In the forest around chariot , all the place was filled with Kavadis
10,Kachai ketti veleduthu vidham vidhamai mayileri,
Vajramani ther meethil Subrahmanyar vaararo.
10. Getting battle ready , carrying the Vel , Climbing on the peacock in various ways,
Would Subrahmanya come climbing the diamond gem chariot.
11.Muthu kudai pidithu mulagu samban naar o pavi,
Pattu kudai pidithu . pakal vettai vaararo?
11.Carrying a pearl umbrella , transplanting Mulagu samban (one variety of paddy)seedlings,
Carrying the silken umbrella , would he come for day time hunting?