Mucchata Brahmmadulaku…

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I recently came across a rendition of Sri Thyagaraja (Telegu poet composer 1767-1847) of “Muchhata Brahmmadulaku.” I looked up the lyrics, and I was surprised to find that this song was composed in praise of Lord Shiva, the Lord of Tiruvarur. Lord Shiva in this temple also bears the name “Thyagaraja,” and the famous poet was named after this deity…

Srimati R. Vedavalli has rendered this wonderful song in madhyamavati. Even for those who are not connoisseurs of carnatic music, this song will please! The lyrics and meaning are from sahityam.net.

Is this grandeur possible to be beheld even by Brahma and others?
O Damsels! Come, let us behold!

Is the grandeur of Siva going in procession, thinking of the (dark) green-bodied and supremely holy Parvati, possible to be beheld even by Brahma and others?

As all the paraphernalia (of the Lord) charmingly shine in the hands of people resembling sundry gods, as true devotees extol Him, as the (on-lookers’) hearts exult, and as a lot of ornaments along with jasmine garlands dazzle on His white body – is it possible even for Brahma and others to behold the grandeur of Lord Siva coming in procession in the palanquin studded with all precious stones in the cool hours?

Is it possible even for Brahma and other to behold the grandeur of Lord Siva – the Lord of five rivers – coming in procession very charmingly, whole-heartedly accepting at every step all kind sacred offerings, with much happiness at the unlimited services rendered, and with the intent that ‘I shall search and bestow, in plenty, the wishes of those devoted people who always perform name-chanting and penances’?

Is it possible even for Brahma and others to behold the grandeur of Lord Siva – the Lord who wears serpents as ornaments – coming in procession by becoming the Ocean of mercy after watching the splendour of great devotees performing nicely the exposition of the songs consisting of the names Lord hari in fine musical notes in exquisite tunes, being vigilant for speedy protection of all virtuous people, and proclaiming that ‘I am the Thyagaraja who bestows wishes’?

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