Today's Beautiful Gem: `Venkataachalanilayam...
(The dweller of the hills)'
by Purandaradaasa, transcreated by me.
"venkaTAcalanilayam vaikunThapuravAsam |
"O dweller of the hills and denizen of the
s'ankhacakradhara cinmayarUpam ||
"Handsome and holy and adorned with arms,
you are indeed soul-filling.
tumburunArada gAnavilOlam ||
"Praised by the Creator, your qualities
are beyond comprehension;
O the Beauty of my soul, immersed in the music of celestial singers,
you repose on the oceans."
bHaktapOSaka s'rI puranadaraviThalam ||"
"Beacon of all knowledge and abode of all
you are glowing with adornments, my beautiful Lord,
the Blesser of devotees as well as Purandara."
Note: The above Puranadaradasa song, in raga Sindhubhairavi, is a particular favourite of mine. Please note that my translation is not literal. The words are familiar to most Indians. I hope my attempts to catch the bhAva and rasa of the above song is at least partly successful.
Om s'aantih: Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao