Mannu Pugazh kosalai than
Sri Kulashekara Azhwar
(The verses of this immortal Lullaby (a portion of the book Perumal Thirumozhi) were composed by a prince of the Chera dynasty called Kulashekara Azhwar (Called Kula shekara perumal in Kerala)He was also called Mudaliyandan Nambi . He was one of the 12 sages of the Bhakthi cult of Vaishnavism called Azhwars.These sages were the minstrels of God who traveled from place to place and sang the praise of Lord Vishnu. This lullaby is addressed to The Lord Rama (Lord Sauri Raja Perumal) of THirukannapuram (Near Thirupugalur which is near Nagapattinam) . The Idol in this temple does not show the symbol of blessing but only the symbol of receiving .It is believed that Lord with hands is receiving all the problems and suffering of the devotees, , This is normally sung as a Raga Malikai and you can hear it sung in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2qQHVLvnjw )
1.Mannu pugazh kosalai than mani vayiru vaaithavane ,
Thennilangai kon mudigal chinthuvithai SemPon cher,
Kanni nan maa mathil pudai choozh kana purathu en kan maniye ,
Yennudaya innamudhe Raghavane Thaalelo
1.Oh Lord who was born from the pearl like belly of the world famous Kausaya,
You made fall the heads of the king of south Lanka and added happiness,
Oh my darling of the temple of Tirukannapuram which is surrounded great and huge walls ,
Oh my sweet nectar Oh best of Raghu clan , please do sleep.
2.Pundarika malar adhan mel bhuvani yellam padaithavane ,
Thin thirallal thadagai than uram uruva chilai valaithai,
Kandavar tham manam vazhangum Kannapurathu yen Karu maniye ,
Endisayum aludaiyai Raghavane thalelo.
2.Oh Lord who created all the worlds through Lord Brahma
You bent your bow to cut the head of the very strong THadagai,
Oh my darling of the Thirukannapuram who charmed the minds of those who saw you,
Oh Lord who ruled all eight directions, Oh best of Raghu clan , please do sleep.
3.Kongu mali karum kuzhalaal kosalai than kula madalaai,
THangu perum pugazh janakan thiru marugaa Dasarathi,
Gangayilum theerathamali kanna purathu yen karu maniye ,
Engal kulathu innamudhe Raghavane thalelo.
3,Oh dear darling baby of Kausalya who decorates her black hair with Jasmine from Kongu Nadu,
Oh son of Dasaratha who is the son in law of Janaka who has perennial fame .
Oh my darling of the temple of Tirukannapuram where water holier than ganges flows,
Oh my sweet nectar of our clan Oh best of Raghu clan , please do sleep.
4.Thamarai mel ayan avanai Padaithavane dayarathan than ,
Maa madhalai Maithili than Manavalaa Vandinangal,
Kaamarangal isai padum, kanna purathu yen kan maniye ,
Emaruvum silai valava , Raghavane thalelo.
4.Oh Lord who created Lord Brahma on the lotus on your navel,
Oh great son of Lord Dasaratrha, Oh consort of Goddess Maithili ,
Oh my darling of Thirukannapuram , which is hovered by several singing bees,
Oh Lord who holds a strong divine bow in your hands, Oh best of Raghu clan , please do sleep.
5.Paralum padar selvam Baratha nambikke aruli ,
Aaraa anbu ilayavanodu arum kanam adainthavane ,
Seeralum varai marba , thiru kannapurathu Arase ,
Taralum neel mudi dasarathe Thalelo.
5.Oh Lord who gave the kingdom and the great spreading wealth to Bharatha,
And reached the deep forest along with your younger with never quenching love,
Oh Lord who has a strong divine chest and who is the king of Thirukannapuram,
Oh son of Dasaratha with a long hair decorated by flowers, please do sleep
6.Sutram yellam pin thodara tol kaanam adainthavane ,
Athravar ahathu aru marundhe , ayodhi naharukku adhipathiye ,
Kattravaraal thaam vaazhum Kanapurathen kanmaniye ,
Sithravai than sol konda sri Rama Thalelo.
6.Oh Lord who reached deep in the forest followed by all relatives,
Oh Lord who is the cure to the mind of sages and who is the king of Ayodhya,
Oh darling of Thirukannapuram which is occupied by learned people ,
Oh sri Rama who followed the orders of his step mother , please do sleep
7.Aalinilai balakanaai andru ulakam undavane ,
Valiyai kondru arasu ilaya vanarathukku alithavane ,
Kalin mani karai alikkum kanapurathen karumaniye ,
Alai nagarukku adhipathiye , ayodimane Thalelo.
7.Oh Lord who as young baby on a banyan tree leaf and swallowed the earth,
Oh Lord who killed Vali and gave the kingdom to his younger brother,
Oh Darling of Thirukannapouram where the wind brings precious gems from ocean,
Oh Lord of the city of waves , Oh Lord of Ayodhya , please do sleep.
8.Malayathanaal anai katti mathil ilangai azhithavane ,
Alai kadalai kadainthu amararkku amudhu aruli cheithavane ,
Kalai valavar thaam vaazum kana purathu yen kan maniye,
Silai valaivaa sevagane , Si Rama Thalelo.
8.Oh Lord who built a dam using mountains and destroyed Lanka protected by a wall,
Oh Lord who churned the ocean with waves and gave nectar to the Devas,
Oh my darling of Thirukannapuram which is occupied by those who makes arts grow,
Oh great hero who bent the bow , Oh Rama , please do sleep.
9.THalai avizhum narungunji Dayaradhan than Kula mathalaai ,
Valaya oru silai adhanaal mathil ilangai azhithavane ,
Kalai kazhu neer marungu alarum Kannapurathu yen karu maniye .
Ilayavarahathukku arul udayai , Raghavane thalelo .
9.Oh baby of the clan of Dasaratha , with a fragrant long hair ,
Who by bending one bow destroyed Lanka surrounded by walls,
Oh my darling of Thirukannapuram where very pretty flowers blooms,
Oh Lord who has great love towards your younger brothers, Oh baby of Raghu clan , please do sleep.
10.Devarayum asurarayum thisaikalayum padaithavane ,
Yaavarum vanthu adi vananga aranga nagar thuyindravane ,
Kaviri nal nadhi payum Kannapurathu yen karu maniye,
Ea vari ven chilai valavaa, Raghavane thalelo
10.Oh Lord who created the devas , asuras and the directions,
Oh Lord Who sleeps in Sri Rangam making all others come there and salute your feet,
Oh darling of Thirukannapura , where the good river Cauvery flows.
11.Kanni nan ma mathil pudai soozh kanapurattu yen Kakuthan,
Thannadi mel thalelo , endru uraitha thamizh malai ,
Kol navilum vel Valavan kudai Kula shekaran sonna ,
Panniya nool paathum vallar pangayapangaya pattharkale
11.The King Kula shekara with trident who ruled his kingdom below one royal umbrella,
Has sung this garland in Tamil as a lullaby to make sleep,
The Kakushta(Rama) who lives in THirukannapuram surrounded by walls ,
Which consists of ten verses and would surely bless all his devotees.