*A very happy new year to all readers!*
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.”