Day 18: Oh Napinnai!

*A very happy new year to all readers!*

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Sri Thirunaraiyur Nambi with Goddess Napinnai

Translation of Paasuram #18 by Dr. V.K.S.N Raghavan:

Oh daughter-in-law of King NandagOpA , who has the proud gait of elephants  and who is known for His valiant shoulders with invincible strength ( that he would  never leave a battle field without victory).  Oh Nappinnai with enchanting fragrant black tresses !  Kindly unlock Your door. Hearken , the cocks have awakened now everywhere and are making lound noises. Hearken, even  the group of cuckoos , sitting on the bower of Maadhavi (Kurukkatthi) flowers , have cooed gently many times.  Oh Young Lady holding the sporting ball with Your fingers as BhOgOpakaraNam! As we wish to sing about Your Lord’s  names , please come with joy and open the door with Your  red lotus-like soft hands, which create a plesant sound (sunAdham)from the movement of Your bracelets adorning  Your forearms .(This is the famous Paasuram associated with AchAryA RaamAnujA’s swoon , when he identified  AthtuzhAi , the daughter of his AchAryAn , with Nappinnai, when she (Atthuzhai) opened the door of her house with  jangling bangles to offer Bikshai to RamanujA ).

The essence according to Sri Mukkur Azhagiyasingar:

“Men and women, independent of their status and wealth, should offer full obeisances to their parents and in-laws twice daily.”

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