Prayer to Kothanoor Kalai magal
(Koothanur which is in the village of Poonthotam in THiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu has a great temple which is dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi on the banks of river Arasalaru. It is perhaps the only temple in India where the main deity is Goddess Saraswathi. She has a pretty three eyed form sitting with one leg folded in the Yogasana patern. Anothere speciality is that she does not hold a Veena in her hands.She is seated on a wg hite lotus , holding a book made of palm leaves and An Akshamala(Rosary) in her hands,. It is believed that she grants knowledge , intelligence and welfare to all her devotees. Thousands of people come to her temple to start Aksharabhyasa(to start learning) to this temple . Others come here with mentally retarded children and pray the goddess to make them alright. Normally devotes buy pens and get it worshipped before her and take them back home to be used by their children.
The poet who wrote this prayer is Smt.Soundara Kailasam who is a great poetess and n mother in law of the former home minister P.Chidambaram .She passed away in 2010 at the age of 83.)
1.Nan mugan konda naavile veethiruppai,
Vaan pugazh Kamban chonna vaakile oli padaippai ,
Then thamizh koothan cheitha chirantha nar kovil kolvai ,
Menmaigal kodi choozha vizhainthu nee varamum eevai.
1.You would sit on the toungue of the four headed Brahma ,
You would create light in the words of Kamban, whose fame rose up to the sky,
You would make your own the temple built by the honey like poet Otta Koothan,
And surrounded by crores of greatness , you would also willingly give boons.
2.Perum kavi Otta koothan perinai thangi nirkkum,
Arum pathi athanil thangi arivoli yengum nalgum,
Karumbinai otha engal kalaimagal thaane , Unnai,
Virumbiye vanagukindrom , vethigal tharuvai Amma.
2.Oh sugarcane like daughter of arts who lives ,
In the great town having the name of the h great poet Otta koothan,
We salute you willingly , please grant us victories.
3.Arikari yendre othi arasalaar yezhil kuvikka,
Viri viri yendre nitham vilaivinai nilam virikka,
Yeri yeri yendru makkal irulinai yerithirukka,
SAi sari yendru kaakum Saraswathi thaye Pothri.
3,With Arasal river making sounds ari kari and piling up of prettiness,
With fields spreading and spreading and increasing yields ,
With people repeating burn , burn and destroying the darkness ,
Oh mother Saraswathi who protects us chanting “yes, yes” , I salute you.
4.Karangalil kalasam vedam kavin jepa malayodu ,
Nirambiya jnana muthirai nerthiyai vilakkam katta,
Aravinda malarin mele arul mukham kizhakku nokka.
Karum jada mudiyum thangi karunayodu amarmthiruppai.
4,Holding a pot , pretty rosary and,
Showing properly the complete seal of wisdom ,
Along with jet black hair you would be sitting,
On the lotus flower showing great mercy.
5.Nal vithai vadanamaga , naan marai karangalaaga,
Chollidum yen yezhuthu thulangidum kankalaaka,
Melliya keerthangal vilangidum thanangalaaka,
Nallara smrithi undran nadu vayirenavum kondaai.
5.With good knowledge as her face , with the four Vedas as her hands,
With the letters and numbers that we say as her shining eyes,
With the sweet songs becoming her breasts ,
And the Vedas which teach Dharma as her belly.
6,Bhoothalam poththi cheyyum puranangal , ithihasangal ,
Padangalaka kondu parellam bhavani povaai,
Geethangal isaikkum yaazhai kilarthidum omkarathil,
Nadangal thamai parappi nallulakanaithum aalvai,
6.Making the epics and works of literature praised,
By all the world as your legs you would move around the world,
And after spreading the musical notes on the sound Om,
Which arises from the Yaazh singing songs, you would rule the world.
7.Kachapi yenum veenai kalippudan isaithiruppai,
NIchayam un nenjil ninaippavar vaazvil nitham,
Achamum azhivum indri , aathralum arivumyeithi ,
Ucha nan nilayai yetta ulagathu nee arulvai Vani.
7.Playing your Veena Kachapi , you would remain happy,
And definitely in the heart of those who remember you daily ,
You would remove fear and destruction and create capability and wisdom,
And Oh Vani you would bless them to reach great good positions.
8.Kayyile thaangukindra kamandaluthulla neerai,
Poyyaru dharbai pullal punithamai thelithu , theemai,
Cheithidum pagaivar veezha cheithu nee indha vayyam,
Uyvura arulkindaraai , un kazhal Saranam devi.
8.After sprinkiling auspicious water in the sacred water pot ,
Using the Durba grass which cuts off all lies , you would,
Make fall the enemies who do evil and you are ,
Ruling the entire earth so that it would improve , Oh Goddess I surrender at your feet.
9.Akilathu mandirangal anaithukkum neeye annai ,
Magimai cher iymbathu ondru akharangal,
Thakavura kothu minnum japa mani maalai kondai,
MIga unnai vanangukindrom , menmaikal cherppai Abirami.
9.You are the mother to all chants of the entire world,
OhGoddess who holds the rosary , which is made,
By properly using the fifty one alphabets as beads ,
We are saluting you greatly , Oh Abirami please add more greatness.
10.Daarani sarath kalathil thayunai thozhuthale ,
Saaaradai yena vilangi saaramam arivai eevaai,
Seeruyar kalagal thanthu nikazh kalai magal nee yendrum ,
Perarivaliyai kandu pirangum bharathiyum aavai.
10.Oh Darani , by saluting you mother in the autumn(Sarad),
You would shine in the name of Sarada and so please give me essence of wisdom,
You are always the daughter of arts who gave I us the very great arts,
And you would also become Bharathi who showers on us the great light of wisdom.
11.Ulagelaam pothrum vannam , oru thani koil konde <
Kalaimagal unai kana kanakila bhakthar kootam,
Alai kadal poale Kothan Azhagu nalloril koodum,
Vilai yilathendrum ulla vithaye vendi nirkkum.
11.You have occupied a separate temple , which is praised by the world,
In the pretty city of Otta Koothan where the crowd of innumerable devotees,
Come like a ocean with waves to see you who is the Goddess of arts
Requesting you to grant them , the gift of invaluable knowledge.
12.Ulmanam nindru nenjam urugiye vananguvorkku,
Nannayam kodi kodi naalum nee vazhangukindrai ,
Chinna oar magavum pesi chezhumkalai thiranil onga,
Annai nee anbinaale arul vizhi nookukindrai.
12.To those who stand and salute you with a melted mind,
You grant them good things and luck in crores and crores,
And when a small child talked and became great in all arts ,
You as mother look at him with great love with your merciful eyes.
13.Andru nee koothanukkum , arut kave vaanarukkum,
Nandrarul cheithathe poi nadiya yengalukkum,
Yindru arul puriya vendi , iru karam koopukindrom,
Kandrena karuthi yemmai kathida varuvai thaaye.
13. At that time in the past you gave your grace ,
To poet Otta Koothan and the divine great poet,
And we salute you with folded hands so that ,
You consider us as your calves , shower your grace on us,
And oh mother , please come to protect us.
14.Thinniya mei jnanathin chinnamai olirukindra ,
Venniram undran meni melolir udayum venmai,
Yenniye Balaa unnai “iym, kleem sau” yendru odhi,
Nannuvor thamakku jnanam nayanthu nee tharuvai.
14.Your white form shines as the symbol,
Of the very great true knowledge and your dress is also white.
Thinking like this Oh Bala , oh mother you would give ,
Divine wisdom to those who tell “Iym, kleem , Sau “ and approach you.
15.”Hamsa hamsaya Vidmahe parama hamsaya Dheemahi ,
THanno hamsa prachodhayaath santhatham “, ivvarothi ,
Annaye unathu thooya adi malar vanangukindrom,
Ponnoli parappi vaazhum punniyam vazhangu thaye.
15.”Let me meditate on her who is like swan riding on a swan ,
Oh Divine swan give me higher intellect ,
And illuminate my mind in the form of swan always,”
After chanting this , oh mother we would salute your pure feet,
And Oh mother give us the blessing to live spreading the golden night.