200th Post – May your praise be sung for eons – The Chola Monalisa Tripurantaka fresco

This site has been an eventful journey. For, getting inspired is one thing, but quite often to nurture the spark to ensure that it stays alive is the toughest part. Maybe for me, the flame that lit the spark was so powerful that it still provides the energy to keep pushing ahead on the chosen path. What better to write on to celebrate the remarkable journey as a 200th post, than about the flame itself !! Udayar Sri Raja Raja Chola, and to his chosen brand he will always be ArunMozhiVarman – a lasting legacy – remembered, revered, impacting us and continuing to lead in his footsteps to sing the glory of his splendid land. Its not just vain praise that i seek or promote my senseless idol worship of him via this post professing my love and adoration for this special person, for i am not alone in this select band, who have felt his presence. The big temple evokes different reactions from different people, some are in awe at this size stuck by its imposing proportions, some others by its architectural beauty and technology beyond its times, some others for its sheer sustenance, others for its epigraphical richness, but for us – the select tribe, its a sense of coming home, of returning to his fold, under his loving embrace.

i edit Shakespeare’s text into this context!!

The love I dedicate to your lordship is without end; whereof this “site”, without beginning, is but a superfluous moiety. The warrant I have of your honorable disposition, not the worth of my untutored lines, makes it assured of acceptance. What I have done is yours; what I have to do is yours; being part in all I have, devoted yours. Were my worth greater, my duty would show greater; meantime, as it is, it is bound to your lordship, to whom I wish long life “and after”, still lengthened with all happiness.

AD 1010.
We travel back in time, exactly 1000 years ago.

(Yes, 1000 years have since passed – Inscriptional which documents Sri Raja Raja donating gold for making the top filial – kalasam or pot- ceremonially the final work to be completed – and it corresponds to 275th day of his 25th year of reign. its ironical that He, who was destined to such greatness, was not even first in line for the throne – but fate deemed otherwise – for those who want to know how we date his year of ascension to 985 AD see first comment)

The temple bells are clanging – the noise resonates through around the granite walls of the sanctum, the pillars offer temporary respite absorbing the ding dong, but against them a horde of musicians and percussionists are drawn into a fair battle, the air is filled with a myriad of scents – the aroma of burning camphor, to melting ghee to the freshly ground sandalwood paste, but wait there are some more exotic fragrances that seem to drop from above – yes, indeed – an impressive line of dancing girls, their hair done up with rows and rows of sweet smelling jasmine – seem to frozen in time – like a fawn caught in a lion’s gaze, their practised eyes on their teacher, whose eyes are on the door – as is everyone else, waiting for the arrival of he – the Lord of Lords.

They have all seen him before, on many occasions, be it his radiant armor shining as he rode to battle on his magnificent chariot, or in his regal attire as he gracefully sauntered along on top of the royal elephant in the ceremonial victory procession – but today was different. He was coming to them, to see them perform, to see the fulfillment of his dream – the consecration of the big temple – the tallest edifice on the planet, a work of devotion built to last, to sing the praise of their clan for the millenniums to come. A sudden hush descends, the royal entourage passes through the massive door frame, for a minute the light from the doorway is blocked by a big frame, and then as the rising sun shines through, you see him – he has shed all his royal insignia today – just a flowing garment of the purest white is his dhoti, another matching white garment goes around his towering frame – he has smeared ash over his forehead and his mighty arms and chest, and it seems to show in more glory than the golden vest which he just left behind – on seeing him the trusted aide starts the legendary invocation – a queer sonnet that rid the hearts of his enemies with dread, but his subjects with pride… his prasithi –

Swasthisri ( Hail propserity)
Thirumakal pol perunilach selviyum
thanakkeyurimai poondamai manakolak

Immediately, his eyebrows arch, the right hand starts to go up, instinctively the aide stops in mid sentence – the protocol being broken, his trusted bodyguards make a move to encircle him, but then the eyebrow hasn’t gone up fully – its breaks into a curve to compliment the smile that has just born to make his face look even more benevolent – if it were ever possible.

“My praise fades before my lord, i am but his humble servant – for i am no longer Raja Raja or ArunMozhi but Siva Paadha Sekeren here”

On hearing this, the big drums beat, the bell ringers take the clue and another round of acoustic symphony fills the air – just then – from above come the sound of 400 pairs of anklets – and their ankleted feet – complementing the expert call of their guru – “Tha”

Like a child who has seen his wish fulfilled, the eyes of the greatest king light up in glee, as he stands in front of Peruvudayar – he calls for the man who made it possible – the chief architect Kunjara Mallan

“May it be written that henceforth you shall be known as Raja Raja Perunthachan, and let it also be known that no longer will your clan prefer to remain anonymous – let you name be sculpted along with mine in stone on the very walls of this great temple, forever interweaving your name with mine and your greatest creation till the Sun and the Moon shine – proclaiming this achievement of ours. “

Eyes moist the master sculptor looks lovingly on his benefactor –” Its this greatness in you that makes us your servants for eternity, but pray in this moment, i forget to show you something that will make your heart swell more. I have brought in some expert artists to paint your favorite act of valor of siva on the walls of the ambulatory. “

So, this is the reason why you have not been allowing me to go around , wanting to surprise me. Lets us see.

Sir, its a bit dark there, let me get some torches. Hey, you there, don’t go very near the walls with the torches, every inch is being covered with paintings.

“Your excellency, since you chose to show so many Tripura vijaya sculptures in stone in the vimana sculptures, we guessed that it was your favorite and chose it for this painting.”

‘ Wow, you do know me well, yes, Tripurantaka story was my favorite – though my aunt Sembian Madevi always recited the Sundar or Chandeshwarar legends, my elder sister told me the Tripurantaka so many times that the valor of Shiva has continued to inspire me since. So how have you shown the story, is it like a story board like you do in sculpture, showing one scene after another in sequence?”

‘” Oh, we are blessed to have Kundavai pirattiyar to have molded you since young. No, your highness, we have chosen a novel and unique manner to show the entire legend in a single panel”

” In a single panel – interesting, how would you do that – meaning – there are atleast 6 key acts with the tripurantaka legend?”

” Sir, thanks to the richness of talent in our land, take a look at the painting now ”

‘ Wait,let me get Madurantakan also to see”

‘ yes sir, he looks exactly like how you were 20 years ago

“Yes, but amplified 20 fold for battle. Rajendra see this master painting. Remember, the story of Tripurantaka – of how the three demons Taarakaaksha, Kamalaaksha and Vidyunmaali – sons of Taraka – with their boon from Brahma and being Shiva devotees – tormented the earth. They had their cities which could fly in the air and could be destroyed only by Shiva. The power got to their head and they tormented the people and when the devas appealed to Shiva, he could not go against his own devotees. So he sent Vishnu as Buddha to lead them out of the faith and then summoned all the devas, concentrating all the powers of the Gods – the earth became his chariot, the Sun and the Moon the wheels, the very Meru mountain his bow, Brahma as his charioteer and Vishnu the arrow. Am i right Perunthachan”

” Ofcourse Sir, the chariot was crafted by Viswakarma himself who we trace our lineage from. We have painted Brahma here – as the charioteer”

” Father, but why is brahma shown as though he is speaking to Shiva rather than facing the enemies?”

‘ Yes, my son – this is an emotive panel – the painter is trying to tell a story in a single panel”

:Sirs, you can see Vishnu on top seated like Buddha with the demons worshiping him. you can also see Ganesh on his mouse mount, Muruga on his peacock and Devi on her Lion accompanying shiva into battle along with a host of Ganas.”

” Yes, the demons look really cruel – can you ask you man to take the torch nearer – i can see something here, which i think is what you want to show me – Rajendra can you find out?”

‘ Remember hearing the two thevaram verses refer to this incident – very contrasting references. One verse says he was angered and another verse says he smiled.

Thevaram Verse1

Thevaram Verse2

” That is fantastic, you have been concentrating on reading the verses as well. My guru interpreted it – that as Shiva in all his war attire, accompanied by all the devas – confronts the army of the Tripura asuras, he is red with anger, eyes bulging out – your dancer friend would be able to tell you the correct name – i think it is called Raudra drishti in Natya Sastra of Bharata. In depicting this pitiless sentiment, the eye balls should be lifted up, rough, and reddish in line. The eyebrows should be kept crooked.”

” Father, do we have to bring her into this conversation !! Well, yes i can see the painter has depicted that emotion here – Shiva is fully red with rage like you when you get angry.”

‘ son, you seem to have turned a bit red now as well, why? but do you notice something different in the face of Shiva’

” Father, i do notice something more different in the way he is shown holding the bow. The bow is facing inward and not at the enemy”

‘ son, that is the greatness of the painter. to continue to story, there are two versions. One says, the devas grew a bit arrogant and their ego made them think that Shiva needed their help to destroy the demons- while the other version says that Brahma asked Shiva, why he needed the assortment of weapons and entrouge of ganas for this fight. Anyway, at that point, Shiva bends his bow holding hand curling it inwards and just smiled – the next instant – the asuras were burnt to ashes”

” Now, can you see the smile of Shiva – masterly portrayed by the artist. One half of the face he has shown rage and the lower portion a childish smile”

Oh, great work father, i cant wait to see the rest of the works””

Photos courtesy: I am indebted to Dr Kudavoil Balasubramaniam for his guidance and support. This post just scrapes the surface of these fantastic paintings. Please read his masterly work on the Big temple. HIndu paper article on sir’s book release

Thanks for support of REACH Chandra and all others.

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    (Continued from. Vol. IV, PAGE 266.)

    No. 25. Inscription, in the Sthanunatha temple at Suchindram near Cape comorin.

    Svasti sr[i] tirumaga[l]…pola =………..
    ……………………………………………………………….ko isaraa [sa]
    kesari [vanma]rkku [ya]ndu padin ain [ju] iv [v] -andu kanni – [nay]irru muv[v-a]
    n [diy=ag]i [S] e[v] vay – [k] kilmai porra [Pu] rayirattadi-nal

    ” In the year fifteen (of the reign) of king Rajaraja-Kesarivarman, on the day of
    Purva-Bhadrapada, which corresponded to a Tuesday, three evenings having expired
    of the month of Kanya in this year”

    We have found before (above, Vol. IV, p. 266) that Rajaraja’s reign commenced between
    the 24th December A.D. 984 and the 26th September A.D. 985. A date of the month of Kanya
    (August-September) of the 15th year of his reign, therefore, will be expected to fall either
    in A.D. 999, in saka-samvat 921 expired, or in A.D. 1000, in Sata-Samvat 922 expired.
    Aa a matter of fact, this new date works out correctly for Saka-Samvat 921 expired.

    In Saka-Sanival 921 expired the month of Kanya lasted from the 27th August to the
    25fch September AD. 999, and during this period the moon was in the nakshatra Purva-
    Rhadrapada – by the equal-space system for 15 h. 6 m,, by the Brahma-siddhanta for 3 h
    56 m, and according to Garga for 3 h, 17 m., after mean sunrise on Tuesday, the 28tb
    August A.D. 999, which was the third day of the month of Kavya* (and the full-moon
    day of the month of Bhadrapada) .

    The date reduces the period during which the reign of Rajaraja must have commenced
    to the time from the 24th December A.D. 984 to (approximately) the 29th August A.D. 985.

  2. This is a treasure.

    Wonderful and Classic Post in honour of the Great King, probably no country in the world could have seen so far in these ages.

    200th post was not an easy journey for you, I know. My Wishes for crossing soon the 2000th post.


  3. Hi Vijay,

    Let this journey continue for generations !!!

    Only one in thousand showcases such historical masterpieces.

    You are “One in Thousand ” “Aayirathil Oruvan”

    Heartiest Wishes !!!

  4. Wonderful Vijay.
    No better way to bring out the greatness of our dear Arunmozhi!!!
    Simply great.
    Congratulations for the 200th post which is not an easy task.

  5. Dear Vijay:
    It is really wonderful and quite amazing to see the way your efforts are evolving and seriousness with which you have taken up this initiative. Bravo and keep it up. Very best Wishes !!

  6. Thanks for the post!!! I was waiting to see this painting after i read abt it in Udaiyar.. Happy seeing it here…. My best wishes to you 🙂

  7. இந்த அருமையான இடுகையை கருவூலத்தில் வைத்து பாதுகாக்கவேண்டும். படித்தும், பார்த்தும், பகிர்ந்துகொண்டும் அகமகிழ்ந்தேன்.

    நன்றி, வாழ்த்துக்கள், விஜய்.

  8. Dear Shri Vijay, What a wonderful tribute of love and reverence to the mighty king who in humility regarded himself as nothing but a child and Shiva –paadha serener.
    The legends you recounted are as remarkable as the ageless paintings.
    You are truly blessed.
    Thank for the classic post. And, congrats for your persistence and continued excellence.
    Warm Regards

  9. @ Dhivakar sir – thanks for your continued support and guidance ( aka troubles)

    @ manii – thanks…hope to merge into the thousand soon….

    @ mouli – our dear Arunmozhi!!!….you said it.

    @ seethalakshmi madam – am honored and blessed by yours.

    @ kalyan – thanks KK. btw, for the record you and your contributions – are one of the inspirations …

    @annapoorna – thanks – have to complete udayar – somehow kept it down after the reference to sembian madevi…

    @ இன்னம்பூரான் – ரசித்தமைக்கு நன்றி…

    @ kathie – yes, has been an eventful journey and learning process for me too. always envious if not jealous of you ….

    @ Umapathy sir – this is a special tribute to your clan.

    @ Sreenivasarao sir – am honored to receive such from an expert scholar like you.

    thanks everyone..


  10. one of your best posts ever..congrats on 200 posts…its not just sustaining the blog thats difficult, but to make every post interesting – i think you’ve achieved that so easily…im going to reread this post again ..

  11. Totally Innovative and Inspiring VJ.

    Thanks for your Ever Present Support.

    And Wishes on 200 Post and it was a dynamo…

    Hope to Wish you on 500th Post Soon 🙂

  12. Dear VJ, me not a regular reader, but once a while i do like to read and have to say a good and sincere effort by all…….nammudaiya ilaignargal konjam avargal sindanaiyai idhil seluthinal we can continue to maintain our history well… yendrum anbudan

  13. Congrats Vijay on your 200th Post. May your journey continue more and keep enlightening us.


  14. Dear VJ,
    Congrats on your 200th post.. you took us back 1000 years with your words and pictures. It is befitting that this post has come out in the 1000th year of consecration of the temple. Pls keep up your noble deed and continue to enthrall us

  15. awesome vj as expected.. many congratulations and many thanks too 🙂
    passion and reverence for any subject is truly a powerful combo…

  16. அற்புதம் விஜய். அருள்மொழி வர்மருக்கு நீங்கள் செய்திருக்கும் மரியாதை அளப்பரியது.

    உள்ளம் நெகிழ்ந்த நன்றிகள்.

  17. Dear Sir,

    Congratulations on your 200th Post!!! This was a wonderful post taking us 1000 years back and making us visualize the incident!!! Great honour to the Greatest of Kings, Raja Raja Chozha! Long live his Fame!

    Thank you very much!


  18. Dear VJ,
    Great!! Congrats for the 200th post. This is indeed a wonderful post. Even I thought of bathing and wearing white dhothi before ascending up to the gopuram with you 🙂

  19. Been to Thanjavur last week, my brother told me he can help me go to the top of the temple as the temple is getting ready for the kumbabishekam. Unfortunately I couldn’t. But just looking at it would always take me back to 1000 CE and try to see how they were able to build it. How come it can still stand with pride when all other buildings of that time disappeared without a trace. I am sure it touched, touches and will touch whoever sees it and make them feel humble.

    A very suitable topic for 200th post, One day I will get to go inside and climb on it to see the masterpiece.

    Thanks Vijay

    Keep up the good work.

    • thanks thiru. would not have been possible with your support.

      eternally obliged to the man who runs the tech side of poetryinstone.


  20. முதலில் 200வது பதிவுக்கு என் மனமார்ந்த நல்வாழ்த்துகள். ராஜராஜன் தஞ்சைப் பெருங்கோயிலைக் கட்டிய அதே கலை நுணுக்கத்தோடேயே உங்களது ஒவ்வொரு படைப்பும், அதிக கவனத்தோடும், அதீத உழைப்போடும் படைக்கப் படுகிறது. அதற்குச் சற்றும் குறைந்ததில்லை உங்கள் படைப்பும். இது தொடர்ந்து ஆயிரமாயிரம் பதிவுகளாய்ப் பல சிற்ப அதிசயங்களை வெளிக்கொண்டு வர என் மனமார்ந்த நல்வாழ்த்துகள், ஆசிகள்.

    • மிக்க நன்றி கீதா அம்மா . உங்களிடம் கேட்டு தெளிவு பெற்ற கதைகள் இந்த தலத்தில் பல வந்துள்ளன. மீண்டும் நன்றி

  21. திருசிற்றம்பலம்…..

    200வது பதிவுக்கு என் மனமார்ந்த நன்றி மகிழ்வோடு சொல்லிக்கொள்வதால் வாழ்த்துக்கள் என்றே எழுதிவிட்டேன்.

    • நன்றி பிரவீன். விரைவில் கோவையில் சிந்திப்போம்.


  22. நண்பரே,

    இந்த இருநூறாவது பதிவைப் படிக்கும் பொழுது உள்ளம் நெகிழ்கிறது, உடல் புல்லரிக்கின்றது. அது இருநூறாவது பதிவு என்ற ஆனந்தத்தினால் மட்டுமல்ல, அருமையான, அரிதான தகவல்களைக் காட்டும் பதிவாலும் தான்.

    ஒவ்வொரு பதிவிற்கும் தாங்கள் உழைக்கும் உழைப்பிற்கான விளைவு, இங்கு தங்களுடைய கருத்தைப் பதிந்திருக்கும் அன்பர்களின் மறுமொழியிலேயே தெரிகிறது.

    இந்தப் பயணம் முடிவின்றி தொடர வேண்டும், கால எல்லையின்றி பதிவுகள் நிலைத்து பின் வரும் சந்ததியினருக்கு விழிப்புணர்வை ஏற்படுத்தவேண்டும்.

    எல்லாம் வல்ல இறைவன் துணையிருப்பான்

    வாழ்க நின் தொண்டு…

    • நன்றி சதீஷ் – விரைவில் தாயகம் திரும்புங்கள், செய்ய வேண்டிய பணிகள் இன்னும் அதிகம் உள்ளன..


  23. Hi vj,
    Really nice narration, it makes reading very enjoyable. I read the Hindu article and found that the book by Mr Balasubramaniyam needs to be procured from him only. I hope that you know him, is it possible that you can arrange a copy of this book for me and I will get this when we meet in Chennai? It would be a big favor to me.

  24. hi saurabh

    Can can. but easier to ask sps sir to get for you. since i land just the night before we meet. i got mine via him as well.


  25. Very well written Vijay. The photos are superb. the artist must have been an expert in the pallette, knowing that the colours fade with age and therby mixing them so that people like us can appreicate the painting as well as he could 1000 years back

  26. Thanks pradeep – keeping in mind that they had a coat of Nayak paintings on top – for the original palette to survive needs exceptional skill.

  27. Could not help reading the 200th post again and again.. the imagination of the cymbals and the drums beating and the smell of incense and camphor at the entry of Udayar Sri Raja Raja Chola still resonates in the mind. Heard melodies are sweet, unheard are sweeter !

    Wanted to share John Keats words with you all, “The excellence of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreables evaporate from their being in close relationship with Beauty and Truth.”

  28. Vijay, im an ardent reader of your blog and this post is a peacock feather in your hat. I seriously suggest that you come up with a colorful hard-bound book with all your posts..Will you do?

    • thank you saikarthigeyan. I strongly believe the reach of the net is much greater than any printed book, so as far now am contended with blogging. But we never know what lies ahead !!


  29. Another brilliant narration.

    It is very sensible to relate sculptures and paintings with their details along with the actual scenes. If every sculpture and painting can be like this, I think even a child can enjoy and appreciate it.

  30. Wow… the information about illustrating roudra dhrishti is invaluable. The painting of Lord Shiva with anger in this eyes and childish smile on his lips… leaves me breathless. Art in the days of yore seems to have been taught and researched in a different dimension. Artists during chola reign seem to have focussed on creativity and realism so much that they were able to make their paintings convey more than words/texts. If only every aspiring artist today can get to see this and be inspired from this!

  31. A befitting tribute to our great ancestor,the monarch who ruled a vast portion of the earth,greater than Alexander.I feel elated to know your unparalleled venture in reconstructing the past glory of Tamils.Hats off to Vijay.Let your quest go longer.You need many laurels and accolades.

  32. அற்புதம் விஜய்,கண்ணீர் வந்து விட்டது எனக்கு,
    தஞ்சை பெரியகோயில்

    – பத்மநாபபுரம் அரவிந்தன் –

    சிந்தையுள் சிவனேற… சிவ போதை தலைக்கேற

    யோசித்தான் அம்மன்னன் என்னதான் செய்வதென்று?

    மனதுள் உருவெடுத்து மலர்ந்ததோர் பெருலிங்கம்

    இதுவரை கண்டிராத, எவருக்கும் தோன்றிராத

    மாலிங்க வடிவமது ..விக்கித்துப் போன மன்னன்

    திசையெங்கும் பறையறைந்தான்…

    சோழ சாம்ராஜ்ய விரிவைப்போல்

    பிரமாண்ட கோயிலொன்றை

    விரைவாகப் பணிய வேண்டும்.. போரெடுத்து

    வென்று வந்த பெரும் செல்வம் அத்தனையும்

    மக்களுக்குப் போக மீதி மகேசனின் பணிக்கேயென்றான் …

    மனதுள் உதித்தெழுந்த மாலிங்க வடிவமதும்

    பெரும் பரப்பில் உயர்ந்து நின்ற வான் முட்டும்

    விமானமும் தினந்தோறும் கனவு கண்டான்

    கனவதனை நனவாக்க பலவாறு சிந்தித்தான் ..

    கல்லெடுக்க மலையொன்றை தானேப்போய்

    கண்டுவந்து சிற்பிகள் உதவியோடு தரமான

    கல்லென்று தரம் பிரித்து ஆராய்ந்து

    தொலை தூரம் கொண்டுவர

    தடம் போட்டு பாதை செய்து

    பெருங்கற்கள் பலகொண்டு தஞ்சையில்

    குவித்து வைத்தான் .. இதுவரையில்

    எவரும் செய்யவே நினைக்காத

    பெருலிங்கம் செய்தெடுத்தான்….

    லிங்கத்தை அமர்த்தியபின்

    விமானம் உயரவைத்து

    பல சிற்பம் அதிலமைத்து அற்புதம்

    படைத்திட்டான்.. சிற்பிகள் மட்டுமன்றி

    அரசனும் உழைத்திட்டான்..

    கோவிலின் பிரம்மாண்டம்

    சகலரும் பிரம்மிக்க .. நன்கொடைகள்

    தாராளம் வந்தங்கு சங்கமித்து

    மேன்மேலும் மெருகேறி விமானம் விரிந்தெழ …

    பெருந்தச்சன் விரலசைக்க உளிகள் உறவாட

    சிற்பங்கள் உயிரோட.. பெருவுடையார் கோயிலது

    பேரழகு கொண்டு நிற்க மன்னன் ராஜராஜன்

    வெளி நின்று உள்நோக்கி தன்னுள்ளே யோசித்தான்

    ‘ இது நானா கட்டியது?பெருந்தச்சனா கட்டியது?

    இல்லையில்லை .. எம் பெருவுடையார்

    தனக்குத் தானே கட்டியது

    அவனில்லாது போயிருப்பின்

    எவனிதனை செய்ய ஒக்கும் ?’

    பெருவுடையார் ஆசிக்காய்

    நெடுங்கிடையாய் விழுந்தெழுந்தான்…

    ராஜராஜேஸ்வரம் வாழும் பெருவுடையார்

    திருக்கோயிலென்று திரு நாமம் சூட்டி

    தன் பெயரை மட்டுமன்றி

    நன்கொடைகள் தந்தவரும், கோயிலுக்காய்

    உழைத்தவரும், சிற்பிகள் மொத்த பெயரும்

    கல்லில் செதுக்கி வைத்து .. அன்று முதல்

    அம்மன்னன் மாமன்னன் பெயரெடுத்து

    இன்று வரை அங்கேயே வாழ்ந்துவரும்

    அருள் மொழி வர்மனான

    உடையார் ஸ்ரீ ராஜராஜத் தேவர் வாழ்க வாழ்கவே…

    – பத்மநாபபுரம் அரவிந்தன் –


  33. During the 1000th year celebrations of the temple, one English weekly (I think India Today) released a special release on the occasion. There is a introductory writing where King Raja Raja and Vanthiathevan come to current period and talks about the 1000 year celebration, I enjoyed that article very muah. After that I happened to read the above and had the same feeling. I am from Thanjavur and I love Big Temple.

  34. விஜய் : நண்பரே , அருண்மொழி என்ற ஒரு காந்தம் நாம் அனைவரையும் கட்டி வைத்துள்ளது . இங்கு நாம் அனைவரும் இணைந்ததன் காரணமும் இதுவே . நீங்கள் கூறியது போல் இது எங்கள் மண் , இவர் எங்கள் அரசன் என்று எங்கோ ஒரு விட்ட குறை தொட்ட குறை , உண்மை தான் அவருடன் நாம் இருந்தோம் அதனால் தான்அவரை பற்றி பேசும் போது கூட நாம் ஒன்றாகி இருக்கிறோம். பத்மநாபபுரம் அரவிந்தன் பதிவை படித்து அழுது கொண்டே தான் இந்த மறுமொழியை எழுதி கொண்டிருக்கிறேன்.
    “திருமகள் போல பெருநில செல்வியும் தனக்கே உரிமை பூண்டமை எனகென காந்தளூர் சாலை கலமறுத் தருளி …… ”

    “வாழ்க உடையார் ஸ்ரீ ராஜராஜத் தேவர் ”

    அரவிந்தன் (திருச்சி)

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