Prayers to Lord shiva from Tirumandiram
(The Tirumandiram, by Siddha Tirumular is a sacred, monumental work of philosophical and spiritual wisdom rendered in verse form. Encyclopedic in its vast scope, and written perhaps as early s 200 B.C., it is one of India’s greatest texts, a spiritual treasure-trove, a Sastra containing astonishing insight.Here is a small selection of prayers to Lord Shiva.)
aI.Prayer to Ganesa
1.Iynthu karathanai , aanaimukhathanai,
Nandhimakanthanai, jnana kozhunthinai,
I keep in my mind and praise ,
The one who has five hands, elephant face,
Who has tusks like the crescent of moon,
Who is son of Lord Shiva and who is extremely wise
2.Shivanodu okkumdeivam, thedinumillai,
There is no God comparable to Lord Shiva,
There is no one comparable to him here,
He is beyond the worlds, who has a tuft ,
Which shines like gold and sits in lotus like mind of people.
Avanandricheyyum arum thavamillai,
There is no gods except him,
There is no great penance, which avoids him,
Without him , the trinity cannot do anything,,
Without him, I do not know the way to heaven.
4.Theeyinum veyyan, punalinumthanniyan,
He is hotter than fire, colder than water,
But there is no one who knows his greatness,
He is better than our child, he is ornament to his friends,
He is better than our mother and he has low hanging tuft.
Pinnaalpirangayiranthavan per Nandi,
He , whose golden braid made of gold,
Is going down below him is called Nandi,
And He is the God whom I salute,
And there are no Gods whom he salutes, is it not?
Thaanethadavarai than kadalaage.
HE is the one who lifts the two worlds and also carries the sky,
He himself is the hot fire as well as moon and sun,
And he himself is the blessing that showers as rain,
And he himself is the cool sea as well as huge mountain.
7.KaNNuthalaan , our kaadhalinnirkkavum,
He has an extra eye, stands with great love,
And several people say that innumerable devas died,
And those in the earth and heaven knowing this,
Are nor having an understanding , that he is the greatest
Though we mix asafoetida and onion ,
Musk alone would have more perfume,
Thinking Of matchless of god in all countries,
We realise there is no relative like him.
Lord Shiva without birth gives great blessings,
Has no death and grants pleasure for all,
He also never leaves you, so salute him and if you do,
He will never forget you and will grant you stable wisdom.
10.Inangi nindraan, yemgumaaginindraanum,
Pinanginindran , pin munaaginindraanum,
Lord Shiva mixes and stands everywhere and is everywhere,
Even if he dislikes a person , he is the one before and after the world,
He is also one who hides and stands and is the Lord of Indra,
He is the help on your path only to those who salute him.
11.Appanai , nandiyai , aaraavamudhinai,
Oppilivallalai , oozhimudhalvanai,
Yepparisaayinumyethumin , yethinaal,
You have to praise the lord, who is Shiva , the nectar you never get satisfied,
The incomparable philanthropist , the first one of the world,
Under all circumstances and if you praise him,
By that you would get the blessing of that god.
Theerthanaiange , thilaikkindradevanai,
Yethiyum m yemperumaanyendruirainjiyum,
The light who lives in mind of those who can praise,
The pure one who is in the god boiling in the mind,
If we praise him and beg from him saying “My lord”,
And make him our friend , we can get his blessings.
Pothiyenbaar . asurarpunithanadi,
Pothi yen anbulpoliyavaithene.
The devas will say , he is pure, praise his feet,
The asuras will say , he is pure , praise his feet,
The humans will say , he is pure , praise his feet,
And praising him and I made him shine in my love.
14.Manayul irunthavar , maathavaroppar,
Ninayathavarkkuillai , nininbam thane.
Those who live in their home are equal to those who do great penance,
Those who always think of him , would live as his friends,
It is like a eagle that lives on a palm tree ,
Not thinking about his fruit and not getting it.
15.Adiyaar paravum , amararpiraanai,
Mudiyaalvanangi , mudhalvanaimunnip,
The devotees who pray to the lord of devas,
Salute him by head and think about ,
The one who is first is the greatest God,
And I thought he is the forever lamp and attained him.
16.Chooduvan nenjidai , vaippanpiraanyendru,
Paaduvan pal malar thoovipaninthunindru-,
I will keep his feet on my chest, I will make the lord to sit on my mind,
I will sing that he is the lord, I would worship him with several flowers,
I will dance and wish to go near him as lord of all the devas,
And I would wish to have him and try to know him.