Koodaravalli

 

Today, 12-01-2016 is celebrated as Koodaravalli to commemorate the acceptance of Andal by Perumal after her 26days of penance.

Koodaravalli

Andal

 

Sri Andal sang the Thiruppavai containing 30 verses – one verse for each day of Margazhi (December – January) – in praise of Lord Narayana. On the 27th day, while singing “Koodaarai vellum seer Govinda…”, the Lord blessed her with the boon of marriage. This day every year is celebrated at Koodaravalli to commemorate this event.

koodaravalli

Sri Andal and her friends complete their fast on the 27th day, and prepare to enjoy themselves for the last three days of the month.

The 27th pasuram, “koodarai vellum” signifies the conclusion of the fast.

koodaarai vellum seer gOvindhaa undhannai(p)
paadi(p) paRai kondu yaam peRum sammaanam
naadu pugazhum parisinaal nanRaaga(ch)
choodagamE thOL vaLaiyE thOdE sevip poovE
paadagamE enRanaiya palagalanum yaam aNivOm
aadai uduppOm adhan pinnE paaR chORu
mooda ney peydhu muzhangai vazhi vaara(k)
koodi irundhu kuLirndhElOr embaavaay

Meaning:

Oh Lord Govinda who defeats all who does not fall in line with you, the gift that we would get after singing your praise(on account of our vow) would be that we would adorn ourselves with beautiful ornaments on our hands, ears, legs in such a manner that the whole town would talk about them. We would drape ourselves in beautiful clothes and then cook rice in milk and mix ghee (clarified butter) to submerge the cooked rice and enjoy the delicious food.

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