Sri Malayappa Swami with Ubhaya Nachimars, Tirupati
Today is the auspicious occasion of Mukkoti Dwadasi. On this day, it is believed that the sacred waters of 30 million sacred places merges into the waters of the Swami Pushkarini (temple tank) in Tirupati. Devotees throng to have a sacred dip in the temple tank on this day, with the belief that doing so will vanquish their sins and bestow all auspiciousness.
Translation of Paasuram #26 by M.K. Srinivasan:
Oh Lord (maale! maNi vaNNaa! aalin ilaiyaay! ) If you ask us (kEttiyEl) what we want (vEnduvana); Bless us (aruLElOr) to endure the penance (neeraaduvaan) as done (seyvanagaL) by elders (mElaiyaar) in the month of december/january (margazhi); We need conchs (sankangal) like (pOlvana) your (un) own milky white (paalanna vaNNaththu) paancha sanyam, the sound (muralvana) of which makes the whole (ellaam) universe (Nyaalam) tremble (nadunga); powerful (pOy paadudaiyana) very (chaala) big (perum) drums (paRai); those who sing (isaippaar) the ‘Tamil paasurams'(pallaandu). (The aazhvaar paasuram recitals start with the recital of pallaandu); decorative (kOla) lamps (viLakku); flags (kodi) and other decorations (vidhaanamE).
The essence of Paasuram #26 according to Sri Mukkur Azhagiyasingar:
This paasuram asks us to think while dressing ourselves that this body is that of the Lord, and by honoring it, we honor Him through it’s beautification. It asks us to partake food only after offering it to the Lord, as recommended by the shastras.