nAdatanumanizaM zaGkaramShow Details
namAmi mE manasA zirasA
|Sankara, the embodiment of Nada, constantly|
I salute mentally and bodily.
mOdakara nigamOttama sAma-Show Details
vEdasAraM vAraM vAram 1
|The bestower of joy and Essence of Samaveda|
(the best among Vedas), repeatedly (I salute)
sadyOjAtAdi paJcavaktraja2Show Details
sarigamapadhanI vara saptaswara
vidyAlOlaM vidalita kAlam
vimala hRdaya4 tyAgarAjapAlam
|The Lover of the noble saptaswara-vidya (music)|
emerging from His five faces (including Sadyojata)
The Destroyer of Death3
The Protector of the pure-hearted Tyagaraja
- 1This is a pun. vAram vAram means "again and again." Also, vAra is a name of Lord Siva.
- 2The 5 heads of Siva are: (i) IzAna, (ii) tatpuruSa, (iii) aghOra, (iv) vAmadEva and (v) sadyOjAta. Wikipedia
- The five basic sounds of the mridangam: tha, dhi, thom, nam and jem, have come from the five faces of Siva. Link
- These 5 talas were said to have originated from five faces of Lord Siva: From Vamadeva - Chach chatputa tala; Sadyojata - Chaa cha puta tala;Aghora - Shatpita putrika tala; Tatpurusha -Sampadveshtakaa tala; Isana - Udghatta tala. Source
- 3Refers to the Markandeya episode. Siva at Tirukkadavur (Bilvaranya) is worshipped in this aspect as kAlasaMhAramUrtti.
- 4vimala hRdaya - this may apply either to Siva or the composer.
- nigamOttama - According to Karnataka Sangita Sastra of Sri AS Panchapakesa Iyer, while Rg-yajur-vEda contain only three swaras, sAma veda contains all the seven swaras. Therefore, from musical point of view, Sri Tyagaraja considers Sama Veda as the acme of Vedas (Nigamottama).