Nada tanumanisham

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Pallavi

nAdatanumanizaM zaGkaram
namAmi mE manasA zirasA
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Sankara, the embodiment of Nada, constantly
I salute mentally and bodily.

Anupallavi

mOdakara nigamOttama sAma-
vEdasAraM vAraM vAram 1
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The bestower of joy and Essence of Samaveda
(the best among Vedas), repeatedly (I salute)

Charanam

sadyOjAtAdi paJcavaktraja2
sarigamapadhanI vara saptaswara
vidyAlOlaM vidalita kAlam
vimala hRdaya4 tyAgarAjapAlam
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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

Commentary

  • 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).

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