OBEISANCE TO GODDESS OF LEARNING

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Statue of Goddess of Learning Sri Saraswathi in Puttaparthi-Prashanthi Nilayam- campus.

As per Hindu Faith, the great festival of Dassarah or Navarathra, is for paying obeisance to the Goddess of Valor and power-Shri Durga-in the first three days, second three days are devoted to Goddess of Wealth – Lakshmi- and the third three days are devoted to the Goddess of Learning – SARASWATHI-. Mahakavi Bharathiyar has sung in praise of GODDESS SARASWATHI in his epic poem PANJALI SABATHAM based on the Indian epic Mahabharatha. Two of his songs in original and my translation in English are given today in the ENVIUS THOUGHTS.

God/Goddess of Learning  in other faiths:

“Minerva” of Rome,

“Huginn and Munin” of the Norse religion,

“Allah” of Islam,

“Jesus Christ” of Christianity.

Sits on the petals of white lotus
Dwelling in splendid and great status
Great melodious music she likes
Keeps that stringed organ veena in hands
Similar to great divine nectar
To pour Tamil words in her altar
Right from my childhood she came and blessed
To take care of me, my skills well dressed! (1)

வெள்ளைக் கமலத்திலே அவள்
veLLaik kamalaththilE
வீற்றிருப்பாள், புகழேற்றிருப் பாள்
VeetriruppaaL pugazEtriruppaaL
கொள்ளைக் கனியிசை தான் – நன்கு
koLLaik kaniyisai thaan – nangu
கொட்டு நல் யாழினைக் கொண்டிருப்பாள்
kottunal yaazinaik koNdiruppaaL
கள்ளைக் கடலமுதை – நிகர்
kaLLaik kadalamudhai – nigar
கண்டதோர் பூந்தமிழ்க் கவிசொல வே
kaNdadhoar poondha,mizk kavisola vae
பிள்ளைப் பருவத் திலே – எனைப்
PiLLaip paruvaththilae – enaip
பேண வந் தாளருள் பூணவந் தாள்!
PaeNavandhaaL aruL pooNavandhaaL.

In her eyes, Vedas she beholds nice
With lovely eyetex she brushed as spice
Sharp, wide knowledge and power she has
Thoughts and sweetness through flute she plays
Logic and psychology abound
She wears ear stud the strength around
Wisdom she breaths in and out through nose (2)

வேதத் திருவிழியாள் – அதில்
vedhath thiruviziyaaz – adhil
மிக்கபல் லுரையெனும் கருமையிட்டாள்,
mikkapa lluraiyenum karumaiyittaaL
சீதக் கருமதியே – நுதல்
Seedhak karumadhiyae – nudhal
சிந்தனையே குழ லென்றுடை யாள்;
SindhanaiyE kuzalendrudai yaaL
வாதத் தருக்க மெஞ் – செவி
Vaadhath tharukka nenj – chevi
வாய்ந்ததற் றுணிவெனுந் தோடணிந்தாள்,
Vaayndhathathat ruNivenundh thoadaNindhaaL
போதமென் நாசியி னாள் -நவம்
Boadhamen naasiyinaaL – navam
பொங்கு பல்சாத்திர வாயுடையாள்.
Pongu palsaaththira vaayudaiyaaL.

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