Day 20: The thirty three immortals…

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Sri Bhogasayana Murthy, Thirumeyyam

Translation of Paasuram #19 by Dr. V.K.S.N Raghavan:

Oh Valiant Lord , who removes the tremblings of the thirty three (crores of) demi-gods, by going to battles (on their behalf) and by being in front of them (in such battles)! Kindly awaken from sleep .Oh Lord , who cares about our protection, and is fully equipped with enormous strength and valor! Oh Lord, blemishless and pure, and the One who defeats with vigor Your enemies! Kindly awaken. (Now turning to His consort, Nappinnai ) Oh the great Lady Nappinnai, possessing a charming physique -with a jar-shaped soft bosom, enchanting rosy lips and slim waist! Oh the embodiment of Goddess Lakshmi! Be pleased to rise up. May You give us a fan, a mirror and Your Lord as well , and at this time itself, may You help us to take our (ceremonial) bath .

The essence according to Sri Mukkur Azhagiyasingar:

“We must rise before dawn, perform our anushtaanams, open the doors of the Lord’s altar and awaken the Lord with select prayers, offer Him our full obeisances, and receive His blessings for engaging in our daily activities.”

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