Carnatic Musings

Carnatic Musing 31 – Navarathri – Day 9 – Composition on Goddess Saraswathi

Goddess Saraswathi

Note about this photo – This photo which is in the Puja Room of our house is nearing its Century. Yes ! it is nearly 100 years old. The work done on the image of Goddess Saraswathi. The silk embroidery with ornamental decorations were done by my mother when she was an young girl. We have made sure that this wonderful gift to me by my parents is carefully preserved.

Composer

Muthuswamy Dikshithar– Pl refer http://musicinfoguide.blogspot.com/2007/08/muthuswami-dikshitar-1775-1835.html for biography and http://guru-guha.blogspot.com for his compositions

Audio Link

Priya Sisters https://www.dropbox.com/s/2xqnqt25vyrcoil/Sri%20Saraswathi-WB7bembvlmg.mp3?dl=0

Meaning in English

Salutations to you, O Sarasvati! Giver of boons, Supreme goddess!, one praised by Vishnu, Shiva and Guruguha! Youthful wife of Brahma!

O one whose form is meditated upon by eminent Rishis who are devoid of the three Vasanas, one who is renowned for granting boons to all Devas headed by Indra, one with a lotus face (lit) with a gentle smile, one with lotus-feet of marvelous beauty, remover of the fear of Samsara, storehouse(literally cave) of all Mantras!

Meaning in Tamil

பல்லவி

அருள்மிகு சரஸ்வதியே அடிபணிந்தேன் எளியேனே

வரம்தரும் வாணியே செல்விநாதனும் உமாகாந்தனும்

குருகுகனும் போற்றும் கமலாலயனின் இளம் கலைமகளே

சமஷ்டி சரணம்

மூவாசனை தவிர் பெருமுனியோர் வணங்கும் வடிவம்,

முகில்வாகனனுடன் விண்ணோர்க்கும் வரம் பல தரும்,

முகமதனில் மலரும் புன்னகையும் எழில் கமலபாதமும்,

மும்மலம் நிறை பிறவிதரும் அச்சம் அகற்றிடும்,

மூவலகம் போற்றும் மறை ஞானக் கருவூலமாம்……அருள்மிகு

Sanskrit Verses

पल्लवि

श्री सरस्वति नमोऽस्तु ते

वरदे पर देवते

(मध्यम काल साहित्यम्)

श्री पति गौरी पति गुरु गुह विनुते

विधि युवते

समष्टि चरणम्

वासना त्रय विवर्जित

वर मुनि भावित मूर्ते

वासवाद्यखिल निर्जर

वर वितरण बहु कीर्ते दर

(मध्यम काल साहित्यम्)

हास युत मुखाम्बुरुहे

अद्भुत चरणाम्बुरुहे

संसार भीत्यापहे

सकल मन्त्राक्षर गुहे

English Transliteration

pallavi

SrI sarasvati namO(a)stu tE

varadE para dEvatE

(madhyama kAla sAhityam)

SrI pati gaurI pati guru guha vinutE

vidhi yuvatE

samashTi caraNam

vAsanA traya vivarjita –

vara muni bhAvita mUrtE

vAsavAdyakhila nirjara –

vara vitaraNa bahu kIrtE dara –

(madhyama kAla sAhityam)

hAsa yuta mukhAmburuhE

adbhuta caraNAmburuhE

saMsAra bhItyApahE

sakala mantrAkshara guhE

Meaning of the Sanskrit Words

पल्लवि

श्री सरस्वति – Sri Saraswathi

नमो-अस्तु ते – salutations, to you

वरदे – boon giver

पर देवते – supreme goddess

श्री पति – lakshmi’s husband Vishnu

गौरी पति – gauri’s husband – siva

गुरु गुह – pen name of the composer

विनुते – prayed

विधि – brahma’s

युवते- youthful woman

समष्टि चरणम्

वासना – त्रय – vasanaas, three – The three Vasanas (innate tendencies) that control us are : Loka Vasana, or the desire to win approval  from everyone, Deha  Vasana, or identification with the body and indulging its desires and lastly, Shastra  Vasana or being satisfied with the mere intellectual understanding of scriptures.

विवर्जित -avoid/abandon

वर – eminent

मुनि – saints/sages

भावित – worshipped

मूर्ते – form

वासव-आदि- Indra, Others,

अखिल निर्जर – all,immortal

वर – boon

वितरण – distribution

बहु कीर्ते – very renowned

दर -हास – posses smile

युत मुख- attached, face

अम्बु-रुहे – lotus, sprout

अद्भुत चरण-अम्बु-रुहे – wonderful, feet,lotus, sprout

संसार भीति-अपहे – samsara (life), fear (bheeti), cut off

सकल मन्त्र-अक्षर गुहे – all, mantras akshara, cave (store house)

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