Narayaneeyam – Daskam 3 – Sloka 8

Link to the Audio Chanting

Sanskrit Verse

प्रभूताधिव्याधिप्रसभचलिते मामकहृदि

त्वदीयं तद्रूपं परमसुखचिद्रूपमुदियात्

उदञ्चद्रोमाञ्चो गलितबहुहर्षाश्रुनिवहो

यथा विस्मर्यासं दुरुपशमपीडापरिभवान् ॥८॥

English Transliteration

prabhuutaadhivyaadhiprasabhachalite maamakahR^idi

tvadiiyaM tadruupaM paramasukhachidruupamudiyaat |

uda~nchadrOmaa~nchO galitabahuharShaashrunivahO

yathaa vismaryaasaM durupashamapiiDaaparibhavaan ||

Tamil Transliteration

ப்ரபூ₄தாதி₄வ்யாதி₄ப்ரஸப₄சலிதே மாமகஹ்ருதி₃

த்வதீ₃யம் தத்₃ரூபம் பரமஸுக₂சித்₃ரூபமுதி₃யாத் |

உத₃ஞ்சத்₃ரோமாஞ்சோ க₃லிதப₃ஹுஹர்ஷாஶ்ருநிவஹோ

யதா₂ விஸ்மர்யாஸம் து₃ருபஶமபீடா₃பரிப₄வாந் || 8||

Meaning in English

O Lord! In my mind, which is now very agitated due to mental and physical afflictions, may Thy beautiful form manifest, which is of the nature of Knowledge-Bliss absolute. This will excite me with supreme devotion causing horripilation all over the body and tears flowing in ecstasy and in such a thrill, my endless sorrows will melt into insignificance.

Meaning in Tamil

இடைவிடா மனக்காயப்பிணி விழை உழல்மிகு என் உளமதனில்

குறையிலாப் பேரின்ப உன் மெய்ப்பொருள் வடிவம் உதயமாகட்டும் !

அளவிலா ஆனந்தக்கண்ணீர் மல்கி மயிர்கூச்சமுடன் கசிந்துருகி

முடிவிலா தீராப்பிணி அனைத்தும் மறப்பேனே உன்னுருக் கண்டு ! 3.8

Gujarat Travel Diary 2 – Wild and Wonderful Gujarat

Let us start this blog with a question.

When we say “wild and wonderful” where does our mind jump to immediately?

“Hakuna Matata. kusafiri” is the answer.

Confused with the answer? In the East African language of Swahili, it simply means “no worries”, “take it easy”. The answer is “Safari”.

Safari -An introduction

In Swahili, the word safari means “journey”, originally from the Arabic noun سفر, safar, meaning “journey”, “travel”, “trip”, or “tour”; the verb for “to travel” in Swahili is kusafiri. These words are used for any type of journey.

Safari entered the English language at the end of the 1850s thanks to the British explorer Richard Francis Burton. In 1836, British Army Engineer,

William Cornwall Harris led an expedition purely to observe and record wildlife and landscapes. Harris established the safari style of journey, starting with a not too strenuous rising at first light, an energetic day walking, an afternoon rest then concluding with a formal dinner and telling stories in the evening over drinks and tobacco.

The hunting aspect traditionally associated with the safari is said to have its origins where villagers got together to hunt wild boars and reclaim land for farming. However it was the British who used Safaris for hunting for personal pleasure and popularized it.

Gujarat – The wild and wonderful

Our trip to Gujarat contained two segments where we stuck to the spirit of William Cornwall Harris style of Safari as a means to understand the wild and wonderful Gujarat.

Segment 1 – Gir – The kingdom of the “Wild and Wonderful”.

Part A – Jungle Safari

The Gir National Park was established in 1965 in the erstwhile Nawab of Junagarh’s private hunting area, with a total area of 1,412 km2(545 sq mi), of which 258 km2 (100 sq mi) is fully protected as a national park and 1,153 km2 (445 sq mi) as wildlife sanctuary.

Kicking off the day at 0530 Hrs we started our Safari in the jungles of Gir. A four hour drive in an open Gypsy (A jeep) took us the nook and corner of the sprawling Gir Forest. We were lucky to spot a lioness marking her territory right at the start of the Safari. The rest of the Safari covered other animals and birds. Here is an overview.

Sasan Gir – Jungle Safari

This was followed by an exquisite lunch and siesta at the FERN GIR FOREST RESORT.

Part 2 – Devalia Safari

Evening Safari was a bit different; we wanted to present ourselves as “strange moving creatures with two legs” to the wild and wonderful. So we locked ourselves in a cage mounted on a Gypsy and paraded ourselves to the wild animals in the Gir Forest. Needless to say that the Wild and Wonderful didn’t bother about us at all and were busy at their routines.

Gujarat Tourism calls this place as “ Devalia Safari Park ” also known as “Gir Interpretation Zone- Devalia”. Here is our Safari with a dufference:

Devalia Park – Safari with a difference

Experience in this segment summed up – “High” on expectations (with increased Lions population and previous day sightings expectations built up) and “Moderate” on success in sighting.

Segment 2 – The Little Rann of Kutch – A saline sublime

In this segment, we moved away from the Jungle to the vast, dry and extremely hot saline desert.

Covering an area of 4954 Km2, Little Rann of Kutch is one of the most remarkable and unique landscapes of its kind. Wild Ass Sanctuary is located in this Rann which harbours the last population of Wild Ass (Equus hemionus khur).

It is a vast desiccated, unbroken bare surface of dark silt, encrusted with salts which transforms into a spectacular coastal wetland after the rains. The present saline desert of the Little Rann (saline desert-cum-seasonal wetland) of Kutch is believed to have been shallow sea.

We checked into the Royal Safari Camp at Bajana and relaxed after a sumptuous meal.

Part A – The Wild Ass Safari

We were ready for the Evening Safari. Temperature soared to 43 deg C (in the last week of March itself) and here we are driving in an open Gypsy towards the saline desert from the village center.

Wild Ass Safari – LRK

Part B – Nature’s Aviary at the Saline Desert

We even got down from the Gypsy and walked around the waterbodies to have an exclusive “darshan” of the birds around there. Wow. What a sight.

Nature’s Aviary

Experience in this segment summed up – “Low” on expectations (what do you expect, except a few Wild Asses and that too in a hot desert) and “High” on success in sighting (not only Wild Asses but also an impressive show by the Birds and Aditya, the Sun while setting).

Lessons learnt – Safari and Vedanta

This is our second Jungle Safari after the one at Kanha Tiger Reserve at Madhya Pradesh in 2018.

Safaris like these drive home several lessons, many of them straight from our Vedanta.

Here are some of my learnings:

1. If you are keeping your expectations (desires) high, you are bound to get disappointed (frustrated). After all you are looking for a few hundred wild animals (which are mostly territory oriented) in an area spanning thousands of square kilometers.

2. What you get to see (or otherwise) need not necessarily be seen (or otherwise) by someone who are either ahead of you or behind you. Your experience is unique to yourselves.

3. Time and Space can decide what you get or loose. In other words your experience is time and space limited.

4. Enjoy what you see, your experience. That moment is precious. The idea of being present and savoring the moment is not a novel idea, but it’s often a forgotten one. David Attenborough’s extraordinary documentaries on Animal Kingdom are awesome; no doubt about that. But nothing will ever have as big an effect as seeing the real beauty of the world and its inhabitants on safari by yourselves.

5. Silence is golden. Feel it and enjoy it. Through the day enjoy that moment where a bird or a monkey or a deer provides an alarm for an approaching animal. In the night at the Camp, listen to the insects’ hum and chirp; the stars in the sky and the sounds of nature.

6. See the positives. Even dirty roads and bushy terrain offers great views.

7. The Sun always provides spectacular views both in the morning and evening. Enjoy it and pray Aditya for keeping us alive.

8. Be patient. You have no choice. Sometimes what you want and expect doesn’t happen right away; sometimes what you want takes much longer than you thought it would.

9. Ears are better than mouth. Listening is Often Better Than Talking. Listen to the safari guide or just listen to the sounds of the bush. The point is that when we listen, our bodies are much more attuned to everything that’s happening around us. You also learn what you may not have known.

10. Life is not a rat race. Reconnect with the beauty of little things and enjoy.

Gujarat Travel Diary continues…..

Gujarat Travel Diary – 1 – Shining Gujarat

Post retirement we had a wonderful plan of exploring every year, one of the States and Union Territories in our country. That was working out nicely till 2019, when the dreaded CoVid 19 stuck. The years 2020 and 2021 saw us getting trapped in the residence.

At last, the opening came in March 2022. We decided that we will visit Gujarat (despite the fear of an oppressive heat). A detailed plan was drawn out (10 night & 11 days) covering nearly 2500 Kms of road journey. The tour was well coordinated and organized by Akshar Travels, Gujarat.

Here is a pictorial summary of our tour plan.

The explorer

Great experience it was. From the time we landed in Rajkot till the time we boarded our return flight at Ahmedabad, it was non stop learning about animals, places, heritage, culture, food and of course people.

From the non stop “Thambakoo” chewing Rajasthani driver (thanks to Film Stars who are responsible for this addiction in many people) to the tribal people selling their wares in Little Rann of Kutch, evidences of our Sanatana Dharma, everyone in search of pure happiness kept cropping up by the minute again and again.

My iPhone X literally cried for help. Help came only through places where photography was not allowed. Consolidating the photos and preserving them is a mammoth task. That process has just started and the first focus is on my favorite, the Sun – Aditya. The reason is “After all Gujarat is shining. Isn’t it?

Here is Shining Gujarat, a video of Sun Shine across our entire route in Gujarat

Shining Gujarat

Celestial Wedding – Meenakshi Pancharathnam – அங்கயற்கண்ணி ஐம்பொன் பாமாலை – ஆதி சங்கரர் அருளியது.

The Celestial Wedding of Goddess Meenakshi (Meenakshi Thirukalyanam) is on April 14 Thursday, today.

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Video Link

Here is ஆதி சங்கரர் அருளிய அங்கயற்கண்ணி ஐம்பொன் பாமாலை Meenakshi Pancharathnam. இறையருள் பெருக. இனிதே வாழ்க.

Background Information on the Celestial Wedding

The festival of Meenakshi Thirukalyanam celebrates the divine wedding of Meenakshi Amman with Lord Shiva. This grand celebration is held in Madurai, the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu and is one of the biggest events here.

This annual event takes place in the famous ‘Meenakshi Amman Temple’ at Madurai and devotees from all corners of the world come to witness this magnificent event. A part of the renowned Chithirai festival, Meenakshi Thirukalyanam is held on the 10th day. On this auspicious day thousands of devotees from Madurai and adjoining areas come to the ‘Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple’ to observe the celestial wedding of Lord Sundareswarar (Lord Shiva) and Meenakshi (Goddess Parvati). Devotees throng the temples in large numbers to seek the divine blessings from their lords.

Legend has it that the emperor Kulasekhara Pandyan was the founder of the ancient city of Madurai. He was succeeded by Malayadwaja Pandyan. Malayadwaja Pandyan and his consort Kanchanamala who did not have any children of their own, worshipped with the desire of obtaining progeny. During the course of their ceremonial prayer, a baby girl appeared in the sacrificial altar miraculously.

The Royal couple brought up this child as their own and named her Tataatakai. An odd feature about the baby was that it had three breasts instead of two, and that a divine prophecy decreed that the third one would miraculously disappear, at the princess’s sight of her consort to be.

Tataatakai grew up to be a valorous queen; she was also known as Meenakshi, the one endowed with fish like eyes. Tataatakai embarked upon a DigVijaya or a tour of victory, across the length and breadth of the Indian subcontinent. In the course of her travels she came to Mount Kailash where she encountered Shiva; upon standing in front of Shiva her third breast disappeared and a valorous warrior princess transformed into a blushing bride.

Lord Siva directed Meenakshi to return to Madurai and promised her that he would join her in eight days as her groom. Accordingly Meenakshi returned to Madurai, and at the appointed time, the divine wedding was celebrated with pomp and splendour. Maha Vishnu, believed to be the brother of Meenakshi is said to have given the bride away.

The legend of Meenakshi Kalyanam brings together four of the six main streams in popular Hinduismi.e. the Saiva, Shakta, Vaishnava and Skanda faiths – and this grand culmination of faiths is still celebrated in great splendour today, in an enactment of Meenakshi Kalyanam each year, when images of Skanda and Vishnu are brought to the Madurai Meenakshi temple from Tirupparankundram nearby. Also of significance is the grand procession of Kallazhagar towards Madurai from the Alagar Koyil temple in the outskirts of the city.

How fortunate I am to attempt to translate the Meenakshi Pancharathnamala, a garland of 5 exotic flowers filled to the brim with bhakti by Adi Sankara. Indeed I am very lucky.

Narayaneeyam – Dasakam 3 – Sloka 7

Link to the Audio Chanting

Sanskrit Verse

विधूय क्लेशान्मे कुरु चरणयुग्मं धृतरसं

भवत्क्षेत्रप्राप्तौ करमपि ते पूजनविधौ

भवन्मूर्त्यालोके नयनमथ ते पादतुलसी

परिघ्राणे घ्राणं श्रवणमपि ते चारुचरिते ॥७॥

English Transliteration

vidhuuya kleshaanme kuru charaNayugmaM dhR^itarasaM

bhavatkshetrapraaptau karamapi cha te puujanavidhau |

bhavanmuurtyaalOke nayanamatha te paadatulasiiparighraaNe

ghraaNaM shravaNamapi te chaarucharite ||

Tamil Transliteration

விதூ₄ய க்லேஶாந்மே குரு சரணயுக்₃மம் த்₄ருதரஸம்

ப₄வத்க்ஷேத்ரப்ராப்தௌ கரமபி ச தே பூஜநவிதௌ₄ |

ப₄வந்மூர்த்யாலோகே நயநமத₂ தே பாத₃துலஸீ-

பரிக்₄ராணே க்₄ராணம் ஶ்ரவணமபி தே சாருசரிதே || 7||

Meaning in English

O Lord! Be graceful to remove all my afflictions so that my two feet will take delight in reaching Thy temple, my hands in performing worship to Thee,my eyes in seeing Thy enchanting form, my nose in enjoying the fragrance of the Tulsi leaves offered at Thy feet and my ears in hearing the stories of Thy glories and great deeds

Meaning in Tamil

இரு பாதம் உன் ஆலையம் அடைய

இருவிழி உன் எழில் வடிவம் காண,

இருசெவி உன் மகிமை கேட்க,

இருகரம் உன் திருத்தொண்டு புரிய,

இருநாசி உன் தாழ் துளசிமணம் நுகர

ஒருமையுடன் மனமுந்தன் மலர்தாழடி பணிய

ஒப்பிலா உன் நாமம் வாக்கினில் உரைய

ஒன்றிலா உடல் என்றும் உன்னடி பணிய,

உள்ளுணர்வெலாம் உன்னிடம் உறைய

உதறிடுவாய் என் உளமுறை துயரனைத்தும்

உலகோரை உய்விக்கும் குருவாயூரப்பனே ! 3.7

Carnatic Musing 41 – Sri Rama Navami Special – Ramam Bhaje – Dayananda Saraswati

“The magic of music can bring about that experience of contention-free connectedness to the whole …

I see music as a blessing of Ishvara for the self-conscious, self-judgmental human to survive and experience, for the time being, the reality of the oneness with the total, the Lord, without any qualifications for it.”

Swami Dayanananda Saraswati, the composer thus spoke about music. His compositions have simple, yet soul stirring verses.

Here is one on Lord Rama. My understanding of the composition and translation in Tamil is presented here for the Rama Navami Festival.

Audio Link

Video Link

Watch on my YouTube Channel.

Sanskrit Verse


रामं भजे श्यामं मनसा

रामं भजे श्यामं वचसा (रामं भजे)



सर्व-भूत-हेतु-नाथम् (रामं भजे)

चरणम् -१




एतं पुरेशं सर्वेशम् (रामं भजे)

चरणम् -२

नील-मेघ-श्यामलं नित्य-धर्म-चारिणम्

दण्डिनं कोदण्डिनं दुराचार-खण्डनम्

जन्म-मृत्यु-जरा-व्याधि-दुःख-दोष-भव-हरम्. (रामं भजे)

Meaning in Tamil


மழைமுகில் வண்ண ராமனை போற்றிடு மனதினால்

மழைமுகில் வண்ண ராமனை பாடிடு வாக்கினால்


நான்மறைதனின் சாரம், அண்டமனைத்தின் காரணம், அந்த….மழைமுகில்

சரணம் 1

வீடணனும், அனுமனும் அடிபணிந்து மகிழும் பொற்பாதம்,

வசிஷ்ட முனிஞானியர் போற்றும் வேதமெனும் இதயமுடைமழைமுகில்

வசீகர மாயைதனை அடக்கியாளும் மானிட வடிவம்,

முப்புரமாளும் அனைத்திற்கும் ஆண்டவனாம் அந்த…..மழைமுகில்

சரணம் 2

கருநீல மேக வண்ணம், நிலையான அறம் பேணும்

மனிதகுலம் காக்கும் கோதண்டம் ஏந்தும் அந்த…..மழைமுகில்

தீயோரை அழிக்கும், ஜன்ம மரண பிறவிப்பிணி தீர்க்கும்

துக்க பாபம நிவாரணமாம், அந்த…..மழைமுகில்

English Transliteration


rAmam bhajE shyAmama manasA rAmam bhajE shyAmam bhajE vacasA


sarva vEda sAra bhUtam sarva bhUta hEtu nAtham

caraNam 1

vibhISaNAnjanEya pUrita caraNam vashiSTAdi munigaNa vEdita hrdayam

vashIkrta mayAkarita vESam Etam purEsham sarvEsham

caraNam 2

nIla mEgha shyAmalam nitya dharmacAriNam daNDinam kOdaNDinam

durAcAra khaNDanam janma mrtyu jarAvyAdhi dukkha dOSa bhavaharam

Meaning in English


Pray the rain bearing cloud coloured Lord Rama Hey mind

Pray the rain bearing cloud coloured Lord Rama by words


He is the essence of all the Vedas. He is the cause for everything in the Universe.

Charanam 1

Vibheeshana and Anjaneya are delighted by offering their obeisance to his lotus feet.

He is the Vedic heart of Sage Vasishta and other great Seers and Saints

He is the controller in Human form of the seductive Maya. He is the Lord of the three types of bodies of all humans (sthula, sukshma and karana sareera)

Charanam 2

He is blue like a rain bearing cloud. He forever maintains Dharma.

He is the protector of Humans and holds the mighty bow “Kodandam”.

He vanquishes evil forces. He is the one who liberates us from the cycle of birth and death and provides relief from Old age , disease , sorrow and sins.

Meenakshi Pancharathnam – Sloka 5

Audio Link

Sanskrit Verse

नानायोगिमुनीन्द्रहृत्सुवसतिं नानार्थसिद्धिप्रदां

नानापुष्पविराजिताङ्घ्रियुगलां नारायणेनार्चिताम्

नादब्रह्ममयीं परात्परतरां नानार्थतत्त्वात्मिकां

मीनाक्षीं प्रणतोऽस्मि सन्ततमहं कारुण्यवारांनिधिम् ॥५॥

Meaning in Tamil

பெருமுனிஞானியர் உளமுறைவோளே

பொருளுடன் சித்திபல அளிப்போளே

பொலிவுடன் மலரணி பாதமுடையோளே

பெருமாளும் போற்றிடும் அன்னையே

ஓமெனும் நாதப்ரம்ம வடிவாய் உயர்இருப்பின் உயர்வே

உளகுயிருள் நீக்கமற நிறை மெய்ப்பொருளே

அங்கயற்கண்ணியே, கருணைக்கடலே, யான்

அனுதினமும் உனை அடிபணிவேன் அன்னையே ! 5

சிறந்த யோகிகள், முனிவர்கள் போன்றவர்களின் இதயத்தில் என்றும் வசிப்பவளும், வேண்டும் அனைத்துப் பொருட்களையும் தருபவளும், எல்லாவிதமான பூக்களாலும் அழகு பெற்ற திருவடிகளை உடையவளும், நாராயணனாலும் அருச்சிக்கப்பட்டவளும், நாதபிரம்ம உருவானவளும், உயர்ந்ததிலும் உயர்வானவளும், அனைத்துப் பொருட்களிலும் உள்நின்று இயக்குபவளும், கருணைக்கடல் ஆனவளும், பெரும் செல்வம் ஆனவளும் ஆன மீனாட்சியை அடியேன் எப்பொழுதும் வணங்குகிறேன்.

Meaning in English

5.1: Residing within the hearts of various great Yogis and Munis, She bestows various Siddhis (spiritual accomplishments),

5.2: Her Lotus Feet adorned with various Flowers (of Devotion of Devotees) is adored by Narayana Himself (Who is fond of Pure Devotion),

5.3: She is the embodiment of Nada Brahman, beyond all Existences, pervading everything as their innermost Soul (i.e. innermost Essence),

5.4: (Meditating on Her within the heart) I Bow down again and again to Devi Meenakshi, Who is an Ocean of Compassion.

English Transliteration

Naanaa-Yogi-Munii-[I]ndra-Hrtsu-Vasatim Naanaa-[A]rtha-Siddhi-Pradaam

Naanaa-Pusspa-Viraajita-Angghri-Yugalaam Naaraayannena-Arcitaam |

Naadabrahmamayiim Paraatpara-Taraam Naanaa-[A]rtha-Tattva-Atmikaam |

Miinaakssiim Prannato-[A]smi Santatam-Aham Kaarunnya-Vaaraam-Nidhim ||5||

Transliteration in Tamil

நானாயோகி³முனீந்த்³ரஹ்ருʼந்நிவஸதீம் நானார்த²ஸித்³தி⁴ப்ரதா³ம்

நானாபுஷ்பவிராஜிதாங்க்⁴ரியுக³ளாம் நாராயணேனார்சிதாம் ।

நாத³ப்³ரஹ்மமயீம் பராத்பரதராம் நானார்த²தத்வாத்மிகாம்

மீனாக்ஷீம் ப்ரணதோ³ஸ்மி ஸந்ததமஹம் காருண்யவாராம்நிதி⁴ம் ॥

Meaning of the Sanskrit Words (Meanings from

नानायोगिमुनीन्द्रहृत्सुवसतिं (Naanaa-Yogi-Munii-Indra-Hrtsu-Vasatim): Who resides within the Heart of the great Yogis and Munis [Sages]

नाना (Naanaa) = Various

योगि (Yogi) = Yogi

मुनी (Munii) = Muni, Sage

इन्द्र (Indra) = Best, Most Excellent

हृद् (Hrd) = Heart

वस (Vasa) = Abiding

नानार्थसिद्धिप्रदां (Naanaa-Artha-Siddhi-Pradaam): Who bestows various Siddhis [supernatural powers]

नाना (Naanaa) = Various

अर्थ (Artha) = Thing, Object

सिद्धि (Siddhi) = Siddhi, special powers

प्रद (Prada) = Giving

नानापुष्पविराजिताङ्घ्रियुगलां (Naanaa-Pusspa-Viraajita-Angghri-Yugalaam): Whose pair of Feet is adorned with various Flowers

नाना (Naanaa) = Various

पुष्प (Pusspa) = Flower

विराजित (Viraajita) = Eminent, Illustrious, Splendid

अङ्घ्रि (Angghri) = Foot

युगल (Yugala) = Pair

नारायणेनार्चिताम् (Naaraayannena-Arcitaam): Who is adored by Lord Narayana

नारायण (Naaraayanna) = Sri Narayana

अर्चित (Arcita) = Honoured, Worshipped

नादब्रह्ममयीं (Naadabrahmamayiim): Who is the embodiment of Nada Brahma

परात्परतरां (Paraatpara-Taraam): Who is beyond all Existences

परात्पर (Paraatpara) = Superior to the best

तर (Tara) = Supreme, Beyond

नानार्थतत्त्वात्मिकां (Naanaa-Artha-Tattva-Atmikaam): Who pervades everything as their innermost Soul [i.e. innermost Essence]

नाना (Naanaa) = Various

अर्थ (Artha) = Thing

तत्त्व (Tattva) = Real Essence

आत्मन् (Aatman) = Soul, Principle of Life