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Editor's Note - 99 (August 1, 2016)



An Overview Of Thooppul Pillai’s Tamil Prabandhams - 7

Dear Fellow-Bhagavathas,

11. Panniru Naamam

Yet another Prabandham dedicated to the Lord of Hasthigiri, ‘Panniru Naamam’ tells us the hue, weapon(s), direction and place of Thiruman of each of the 12 Vyuha forms of Lord Vishnu. Fittingly, the Thaniyan says that the Dwadasa Pundra (12 Thirumans) are the forms of the feet of Perarulaala. It concludes averring that glorifying this wonderful work of Swami Desika, who belongs to the feet of Sri Ramanuja, will fetch the Lord’s feet.

The author, it would seem that, has composed this Prabandham on the lines of ‘Dwaadasa Naama Panjara Sthothram’, incorporating place of Thiruman also. Thiruman, by convention, includes Srichoornam also, unless stated otherwise.

We have, earlier in these columns (Note No. 50), discussed the imperativeness of wearing Dwadasa Pundra, drawing extensively from Swami Desika’s ‘Sachcharitha Rakshai’. The most important questions — the five ‘W’s and the ‘H’ (What, Who, Why, When, Where and How) — that might arise about Thiruman have been covered in it.

Each of the 12 Thirumans represents a Vyuha form of the Lord (from Kesava to Damodara). We must chant the respective Dwaadasa Naama at the time of wearing Dwaadasa Pundra and also recite this Prabandham, every day.

The following table brings out the substance of ‘Panniru Naamam’.


Dwadasa NaamaHueWeapon DirectionPlace of Thiruman
KesavaGoldenQuadruple DiscusEastForehead
NarayanaCloud BlueQuadruple ConchWestStomach
MadhavaGem BlueQuadruple MaceUpwardChest
GovindaMoon WhiteQuadruple BowSouthFront Neck
VishnuPollen of LotusQuadruple PloughNorthRight Stomach
MadhusudhanaLotusQuadruple PestleSouth-EastRight Arm
ThrivikramaFireQuadruple KnifeSouth-WestRight Neck
VamanaRising SunQuadruple ThunderboltNorth-WestLeft Stomach
SridharaWhite LotusQuadruple SwordNorth-EastLeft Arm
HrishikesaLightningQuadruple HammerDownwardLeft Neck
PadmanabhaSunPanchaayudhaMindBottom of the Back
DamodaraRising SunQuadruple NooseIn and Out of bodyBack Neck

In Phala Sruti, Swami Desika says that these 12 Paasurams, which are the root of deliverance, will delight the devotees of Lord Varadaraja who intently learn the Prabandham.

Meet you in the next Note.


எங்கள் தூப்புல் பிள்ளை பாதம் என் சென்னியதே!

Natteri P. Srihari (a) Lakshmi Narasimhacharyar

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