The upacAram rendered by the wind to the Swan engaged in Bhagavat Kaimkaryam
Oh Swan Friend! When you arrive at Kaanci and stay worshipping Lord VaradarAjan, the gentle breeze will welcome you as a dear friend, who has returned after a long separation. That breeze (gandha vAha:) will come close to you and offer its upacAram. Earlier this breeze would have rushed by a mango grove (cUta shaNDam) and travel from there gently. Next, it will pass by the cool, crescent Moon resting on the matted locks of EkAmbareSvaran of the local SivA temple. The breeze would have the admixture of drops of snow associated with the crescent Moon on SivA’s hair (paSupati SiraScandra nAhAra vAhI). It will now travel with affection (kAmukha:) over the lotus forests (kamala vanikA) present in the Kampai river (one of the seven branches of Vegavati river) and incorporate the fragrance of the lotus inside it. This gentle breeze incorporating softness, coolness and fragrance will now blow over you and delight you.
The glory of the river Vegavati
Oh Swan Friend! Bramha devan arose out of the lotus in the Lord’s navel. Sarasvati devi is the dearest consort of that Brahma devan (padma yone: vallabhA). Taking the form of a river (Vegavati), She is the queen of all of you who reside on the water (kavInAm va: svAminI). When She stays as the goddess of Learning, She is the queen of all the poets. When She stays as the devatai of speech, She is present as the seven divisions of aksharams like akAram. When She flows as a Kaanci river, She divides Herself in to seven types of floods (SuktikA, KanakA, SrbhrA, KampA, pheyA, ManjuLA and caNDalekhA) and is revered by all. On both sides of the river Vegavati, the arcA mUrtis of different divya desams benefit from Her and honor Her (mAnyA). The clear waters of Vegavati is sweet to taste and is a delight to watch as it flows (svaccha svAdu prasara subhagA). Great indeed is Her fame as a river (mahatIm vegA samj~nAm vahati)!
English Commentary by Sri Oppiliappan Sadagopan
Courtesy: Smt Jayanthi Sridharan (Carnatic vocalist)