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1. maarkazhith thiNGkal

Simple Word for Word meanings
maarkazhith   thiNGkaL     mathin^iRain^tha      nannaaLaal *
Dec/Jan       month    (a) full moon        (an) auspicious day

nIraatap          pOthuvIr!               pOthuminO nErizhaiyIr! *
To bathe  (those) who want to go (please) let us go (Oh) bejewelled girls !

cIrmalkum      aayppaatic        celvac     ciRumIrkaaL! *
rich and grand aaypAdi    , (Oh) prosperous young girls (of)

kUr            vEl             kotun^thozhilan                   nan^thakOpan kumaran *
(With a) sharp spear , (doing) cruel deeds (to enemies) , (Lord) NandagOpan's son (He)

Eraarn^tha          kaNNi yacOthai   iLaNY  ciNGkam *
beautiful  eyed  YasOdha's  little lion (child) (He)

kaar mEnic          ceNG      kaN                     kathir          mathiyam pOl  mukaththaan *
Dark skinned (with) beautiful eyes (shining like the) sun    (with a) moon     like face

naaraayaNanE          namakkE paRai      tharuvaan *
Lord Narayana himself to us   blessings  will give

paarOr                                             pukazhap      patin^thu          
The people of the world (the practice) (that they) praise , (of) immersing in water 

El                                Or empaavaay
Come (Let us do) (the penance of) paavai nOmbu

Translation   By Dr. V.K.S.N. Raghavan

" It is the good full Moon day of the month of Marghazhi.Oh the well ornamented maidens ! Those desirous of taking the bath (in the YamunA ) may please come on. Oh the prosperous young girls of AaypAdi ( Gokulam) that is rich and grand ( in beauty and wealth) ! Lord NaarAyana will surely yield to us alone the drum (paRai). He is the son of King NandagOpa , of cruel deeds (towards the enemies), and holding a sharp spear in his hand always. He (KrishNa) is the young lion-cub of Queen YasOdhA with very charming eyes.He( Lord NaarAyaNa) has a dark cloud-like divine complexion ,(lotus like) reddish eyes and (lustrous) face (shining) like the bright Sun and Moon. ( This Lord NaarAyaNan alone is the Saviour). (Let us ) resort (to Him) performing the Paavai-Nonbhu and get the benefit of praise from the people of the world. { (Oh dear freind , may You recite and learn this)-know the purport of this hymn}. (Mention may be made of the slOkam of Bhagavath GitA :" mAsAnAm mArga-sirshOham--X.35); " Lord NaarAyanan alone will grant Moksha SaamrAjyam to the individual soul" is indicated in the seventh line of this First paasuram ".

Commentary   By Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchari Sadagopan

SvApadEsArtham (Inner Meanings) of the First Paasuram
There are many inner meanings to every word used by ANDAL in this and every paasuram of ThiruppAvai.For reasons of brevity , we will give only the condensed meanings for the words of the paasuram as revealed by Sri U.Ve.PerukkAraNai Swamy :

Seer malhum: The place where those blessed ones ,who comprehend fully the anantha kalyANa GuNams of the Lord reside

AaypADi In this dark SamsAric world

nErizhayeer Oh People with the noble traits of Samam and dhamam ( auspicious Aathma GuNams of Tranquility and Control over the senses)!

NiRaintha- On this day , which is like the Moon with ThingaL Mathi all its sixteen digits (kalai) just as the ShAdgunya SampoorNa BhagavAn Himself

NannALAl Since it is such an auspicious day

Maarghazhi Those who wish to follow the most noble Neerada upAyam (means) of Prapatthi (self-surrender)! pOthuveer Please join us! pOdhuminO !

Koor vEl The one with the sharp-pointed sankalpam similar to the tip of a well honed spear or javelin

kodum Thozhilan One who destroys our sins

NandhagOpan and is the eteranl Youth , who is Kumaran the BrahmAnandha Svaroopan , who initiated BrahmA into the Vedams and their meanings. 

yErArntha KaNNI the One , who adorns the beautiful flower garland known as Vaijayanthi

Yasodhai the One , who has attained unquestionable fame (Yasas) by granting us BrahmAnandham

iLam Singham One , who is like the powerful Lion chasing away our sins and enemies

KaarmEni One who has the hue of a dark blue rainy SenkaNN cloud and has lotus like besutiful eyes

Kadhir madhiyam One who has the lustrous face like pOl MuhatthAn the radiant Sun and the cool Moon

NaarAYaNanE That SarvEsvarn , who has incarnated as Krishnan now amidst us

pArOr Puhazha who is compassionate towards us and padinthu who is lauded by the world for His sensitivity about not failing in His duties to protect us always

NamakkE for us , BhaagavathAs , who have performed Bhara NyAsam (Aathma Samarpanam, Prapatthi ) at His sacred feet


Other thoughts on selected key words of paasuram 1
(1)The sacred Month of Marghazhi has Kesavan ( the first of the 12 Upa-VyUha Moorthys) as the presiding deity .  Therefore , any Vratham , charity (dhAnam) , SnAnam ,AarAdhanam performed in Marghazhi will quickly yield fruits according to Swamy Desikan ( Taathparya Chandrikai). That desired fruit is Parai or nithya kaimkaryam in His SaamrAjyam (Sri Vaikuntam).

(2) Swamy JnaanyaachAr summarizes the significance of the message of this paasuram as " PrApya PrApakangaL iraNDum NAARAYANANE " .

(3) "yElOrempAvAi" --This refrain is the Chandas for the Nonbhu according to Swamy JananAycchAr. Upanishad BhAshyakArar recognizes this Makutam of ThiruppAvai as "Paadha PoorNArtham ".

(4)" PaRai TaruvAn ":As the Purushan with the greatest affection for His Pathivrathai wife , Sriman NaarAyaNan will bless us with the requirements(tools) for Kaimkaryam and Ubhaya anushtAnam such as Jn~Anam , Seelam and other auspicous Aathma GuNams ( Sri Abhinava Desikan ).

(5) " NaarAyaNanE--TharuvAn ": Lord NaarAyaNan Himself , the inner meaning of Thiru AshtAksharam , will bless the ChEthanams (MakArArtha Jeevans)-- after being pleased with their AshtAkshara Japam -- will perform UpAya anushtAnam for them (through a SadAchAryan)...(Sri Abhinava Desikan).

(6) The yEkAram in " NaarAyaNanE " and "NamakkE": This yEkAram asserts that " SadhArchanE TantharuLa Vallan ; SathsishyanE PeRatthahunthavan" ( The SadAchAryan ALONE can bless us; the sath-sishyan alone is qualified to receive that rarest of blessings " (Sri PBA Swamy).

Soodikkoduttha NaacchiyAr ThiruvadigaLE Saranam , 
Sarvam KrushNArpanam asthu
RaamAnuja Daasan , Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SatakOpan