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Kuruntokai: Invocation

Lord Murugan
The lovely feet of Lord Murugan¹

Are verily a pair of ruddy lotus-blooms;

His body is coral-red and His apparel is radiantly red

Like the Kunri seed;

Wielding his spear, long and beautiful,

He split open a mountain’s heart.²

Under the protection of that Lord,

Whose flag sports the signum of a bantam

This world enjoys blissful days!

¹ The presiding deity of the hilly tract

² The Krouñcam hill

Poet Paratam Patiya Peruntevanar
Translated by Dr. A. Dakshinamurthy
KURUNTOKAI – An Anthology of Classical Tamil Poetry,
Vetrichelvi Publishers, 2007


கடவுள் வாழ்த்து

தாமரை புரையுங் காமர் சேவடிப்
பவழத் தன்ன மேனித் திகழொளிக்
குன்றி யேய்க்கும் உடுக்கைக் குன்றின்
நெஞ்சுபக எறிந்த அஞ்சுடர் நெடுவேற்
சேவலங் கொடியோன் காப்ப
ஏம வைகல் எய்தின்றால் உலகே.
-பாரதம் பாடிய பெருந்தேவனார்.

Kuruntokai: Poem 3

Kurinji

Vaster than the earth, loftier than the heavens
And deeper than the ocean is my kinship
With the chief of a hilly domain
Where the bees store abundant honey,
Having buzzed the dark-stalked kurinci flowers!

(Poet- Tevakulattar)
– Translation by A. Dakshinamurthy

நிலத்தினும் பெரிதே வானினும் உயர்ந்தன்று
நீரினும் ஆரள வின்றே சாரல்
கருங்கோற் குறிஞ்சிப் பூக்கொண்டு
பெருந்தேன் இழைக்கும் நாடனொடு நட்பே.
-தேவகுலத்தார்.

Kurunthokai Poem 93

குறுந்தொகை பாடல் 93

(The heroine refuses to consent to the confidante who comes as a messenger from the hero)

My friend,

We may lose our goodly feminine charm;

The great beauty may fade and cease to be;

We may even lose our sweet life.

Do no utter sympathetic words to him.

Is he not like our father and mother?

To what avail is sulking with such a man

Who is indifferent?

      Poet Allur Nanmullaiyar

      Translated by A.Dakshinamurthy

Kurunthokai Poem 126

குறுந்தொகை பாடல் 126.

(The Heroine speaks to her friend at the advent of the season)

“With scant regard for the joys of youth

He left from here seeking his fortune.

He has not yet come back!

Where could he be now?”

When thus we are worried,

The season of rain, cool and fragrant,

With its assemblage of buds,

Of the rain-fed mullai vines

Serving as its glittering teeth

Laughs at us!

–          Poet Okkur Macatti

–          Translated by A.Dakshinamurthy.

 

Kurunthokai Poem 151

குறுந்தொகை – பாடல் – 151

(The hero speaks to this heart that urged him to go in search of riches)

 

It will be the very end of my youth,

Should I decide to leave my unforgettable beloved here

And tread unmindfully, the hazardous and narrow path amidst hills.

It is a path, where a red-legged Vanka hen*

Which got separated from its loving mate

Very often calls out in short intervals

In its flute-sweet voice

Fearing that her mate might have been lifted away

And eaten by a pouncing kite.

– Tunkalori

* A kind of wild bird.

Translated by A.Dakshinamurthy.

 

Kurunthokai Poem 150

குறுந்தொகை – பாடல் 150

(The heroine speaks to her friend who promised to arrange night tryst with the hero.)

 

Friend,

Should I think of the chest

Smeared with sandal cream

Of the chief of a high mountain

Where the torches of fire with fragrant smoke,

Held by the hillsmen, who watch their fields

From the high lofts,

Shine like the heavenly stars, here and there.

My passion of love is on the ascendant.

How is it that it dies away the moment I embrace it?

Poet – Matalur Kilar.

 

Translated by A.Dakshinamurthy.

Kurunthokai Poem 149

குறுந்தொகை – பாடல் 149

(The heroine speaks to her friend who encouraged her to elope with her lover)

Our modesty had long suffered with us;

Displaying maximum forbearance.

Alas, now it has given way,

Even like the small sandy dike in the field

Where the white-flowered sugarcanes grow-,

That gets eroded by the force of flowing water!

– Poet  Vellivitiyar

– Translated by A.Dakshinamurthy.

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