RAmalinga AdigaL on Chennai

Some of you may have heard about the poet saint Ra(a)malinga AdigaL also known as Arut Praka(a)sa VaLLaLa(a)r (1823-1874). He is known to have established “worship of light” as omnipresent. He also founded the “Samarasa Sanma(a)rga Sangam” (Society for Truth and Righteous Living) with Vadalur being the headquarters, one of whose aims is to feed as many needy people as possible. His recitals of 6000 poems are inte-grated into a song of verses called (use Unicode (UTF-8) to view) “திருவருட்பா”/”Thiru(v)arutpa(a)”.

Honestly, I don’t know much about this great man myself and my awareness comes solely from a small roadside temple (if it can be called that) for him in my neighborhood in Chennai that I used to pass everyday to school and college. [The reason I am writing about him today is that my brother sent me an email with a quote from VaLLaLa(a)r that is as relevant today as it was then.] – see words in italics at the end of the post.

Thettile Migundha Chennaiyil Irundhaal
Sirukurum EnruLam Bhayandhe
Naattile Siriya OorpurangaLile NaNNinen
Oorpuram aduththa
Kaattile Parukkaikkallile Punsei
KaLatthile Thirinthurra ILaippai
Yettile Ezhutha Mudiyumo Ivaikal Endhai
Nee Arindhadhuthaane!

Meaning: I was afraid that if I stayed in the opulent Chennai my heart may be enchanted to that way of life. That is why I preferred to stay in small villages, townships and even adjacent forests and groves and take rest. Wouldn’t you not know about such things that cannot be brought out in print?

That VaLLaLa(a)r says this of Chennai life roughly 150 years back is to be noted.

(This post again from ChennaiCentral archives dated February 01, 2006)

59 Comments so far

  1. surya (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 9:45 am

    I think Tamil language should be promoted imposed if that doesn’t work. We have a serious problem even Kamal Hassan spoke about this in a speech at Singapore he said that people in Chennai have forgotten Tamil they use thanks instead of nandri. Well if he is commenting of this issue then it must be serious.


  2. F e r r a r i (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 10:36 am

    No movie is a Visu movie, unless the actors are addressed as kannaa by visu. Solra kanna, ennada kanna, vaada kanna, poda kanna, noLLai kanna etc


  3. anantha (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 11:27 am

    Surya: Yes. Kamal is the upholder of Tamil culture. Avar sonna adhu definitely serious aaga dhaan irrukum.

    Ferrari: What about bamabara kanna?


  4. kris (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 11:27 am

    ellam seri makkale, mudalil mozhi katrupom. adu Tamil illai thamizh enge sollu.. nam ooril 90% makkalal thamizh endru sollave mudiyadu…
    irandavadu, thamizh culture sethu pochu nu ellam aangilathil ezhudugireergal..

    “If you are a true Tamil, which I doubt, you will have to thee kulichify.”

    Ayaho vendaamappa, yerkanave “Thee pidika thee pidika mutham kududa” paathu onju thenju mudiyala, idukum edavadu paathu ezhudidivaanga namma kavignar..


  5. kris (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 11:35 am

    makkale mudalil thamizh endru sollungal adu “tamil” alla.. nammalal thamizh endre solla mudiyadu..
    thamizhil pesinaal thamizh kalacharam ayiduma??

    “If you are a true Tamil, which I doubt, you will have to thee kulichify.”

    Ayaho vendamappa, “thee pidika thee pidika mutham koduda” paathu innum onju thenju mudiyala.. idai veithu namma kavignar innum oru paadal ezhudi adil bipasha basu vai aada vitu… ayaho thamizh kalacharam..

    mellum thamizh patri silla nagaichuvai nerathuku paarkavum “Alli thanda Vaanam” endra thamizh padam..


  6. Bejhar Boy (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 6:23 pm

    adango**a, yey evanda athu? moonjai keesiduvaen…nenjila keera manja sothai, vaai valiya edthu kailay kudthruvaen…inna nekkalu iruntha, tamil therithaannu kaeppai?
    yay, madras pasango tamil-la peesina, piriyuma onakku? somma siluppariyay…
    inna yakka, ootla soraakkamay, somma innathukku onakku intha visu paya penathal yellam…? paaru bejara poodchu, namma pasangalukku…
    daai, somma soda bottle vutta odi poveengo…
    yyyyaaayyynngo**a, auto edra, saaman ellam thookuda. intha nilu paya kaalai odichu, antha koovathaanda samadhi katlaam…
    yey aandhu, mothalla mudiya vetra…poravu sattam pesalaam…


  7. beeda seth (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 1:21 am

    I am a north indian living in Chennai. I would like to convert to Tamil race. Please advise me on how to go about it. Thanks in advance


  8. surya (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 7:30 am

    I am sorry Beeda Seth you can’t convert to being a Tamil, why don’t you stick to your beeda and holi and go back to the hole you crawled out of in North India.


  9. vishal (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 7:49 am

    Beeda Seth can I ask how I can convert into a North Indian how easy would that be I would only need to speak Hindi right and think that no other language in India is equivalent? Sounds pretty easy to me. Damm North Indian bastard.



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