Approaching Kaanci nagaram
Oh dear Swan friend! There is a city with the name of Kaanci in the Satya Vrata Kshetram. It is a top most gem among cities. Its glories are revealed by the many precious objects found there. Delectable SangItam will be heard there all the time (nitya sangIta nAdAm).
This city in the BhUlokam is like an AbharaNam (bhUshaNam) for BhUmi devi’s Vaibhavam. You are going to see this auspicious city of Kaanci to your heart’s content (nAnA ratnai: upacita guNAm kAncIm drakshyasi). There is a special item at Kaanci. It is the Lord with the name of PeraruLALan, who is seen on top of the hill known as Hastigiri. His Vaibhavam is beyond anyone’s description. He is outside the twins (dvandvams): hunger-thirst, sorrow-delusion, old age-death, puNyam-pApam. He is the Possessor of immeasurable and lasting wealth. This Lord, ubhaya vibhUti nAthan, Lord VaradarAjan is casting always His auspicious and dayA-laden glances on the city of Kaanci (satya kAma: sa purusha: hastiSaila adhivAsI yasyAm nityam nihita nayana: drSyate khalu). May You delight over the darSana saubhAgyam of this city of Kaanci.
The sacredness of the dust from the streets of Kaanci
Oh Swan Friend! The Kaanci nagaram described by Me was constructed at the beginning of Krta yugam through the sankalpam of Brahma devan (Adau kruta yuga mukhe dhAtu: icchA vaSena jAtAm nagarIm). The architect of the celestials, ViSvakarmA created this city of Kaanci. Once you arrive at this sacred Kshetram (tAm nagarIm AsIdhn), please bend your head and offer your worship (bhakti namreNa mUrdhnA praNama). The Lord of this sacred city blessing us in His arcA form as SrI VaradarAjan travels on the streets of His city on the vAhanams of GaruDan, Seshan and horse in rapid stride. His speedy travel raises sacred dust from the ground (karigiri pate: vAha vega: avadhUtAn dhanyAn yat vIthI reNUn). The celestials assembled at Kaanci to enjoy the Lord’s utsavam pick up the dust particles from the Raaja vIti-s of Kaanci and place them reverentially on their heads because of their sacredness (tridaSa pataya: uttamAngai dhArayanti). Great indeed is the glory of those dust particles!
English Commentary by Sri Oppiliappan Sadagopan
Courtesy: Smt Jayanthi Sridharan (Carnatic vocalist)