Bhu Stuthi – Slokam 15


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puurvaM varaaha vapuShaa puruShottamena
priitena bhogi sadane samudiixitaayaaH.
paadaahataaH pralaya vaaridhayastavaasan. h
udvaaha ma~Ngala vidher. h uchitaa mR^ida~NgaaH.. 15

This shlokam describes the happiness of the Lord finding BhUmi Devi in the nether world and His rescue of Her. Swamy Desikan compares the occasion to VivAha MangaLa uthsavam.


Oh BhUmi PirAtti! At one time, You were submerged under the ocean in the Naaga lOkam due to the aggressiveness of an asuran by the name of HiraNyAkshan. Your Lord took on the roopam of a gigantic wild Boar to rescue You from there. When He saw You in the Naaga lOkam, His joy was immense. Rescuing You and reuniting with You was like a festival of marriage (VivAha MahOthsavam) for Him. It is customary to have the sounding of MangaLa Vaadhyams like drums (MatthaLams) during the occasion of VivAham. During the upward travel from inside the ocean, Your Lord kicked the surrounding waters with His mighty feet. That produced a terrific sound (ghetti mELam), which served the purpose of having the MangaLa Vaadhyam. The seas seemed to play the Mrudhanga Vaadhyam for the occasion of Your reunion with Your Lord. It has been pointed out that the word “udhvAham” chosen by Swamy Desikan in this shlokam stands for both VivAham and Uplift.

Courtesy: Sri Oppiliappan Koil Sri Varadachari Sathakopan

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