|Vedanta Spiritual Library|
By Neelakanda Sivan
Translated by P. R. Ramachander
[Sage Neelakanta Sivan was a great composer belonging to South Travancore and lived at the end of 19th century. Though a very great composer of Carnatic music Krithis, many people do not know about him. His Disciple Papanasam Sivan is however well known. www.carnaticcorner.com/articles/nilakanta_sivan.html as well as www.carnatica.net/neelakantasivan.htm give a detailed account of this composer and his Krithis. Though he is said to have composed over 2000 Krithis very few of them are now available.]
Karunai cheyvai saranam neeye
Visala karna, vakra thunda, velavanukku,
Mun thondriya Moola mudal porulagia
Bala chandra veniyan Bala, umai lola,
Pazha vagai payaru aval undarulum seela, Anukoolaa,
Neelakanda dasan kavikku nernthu vandhu arul pothaa,
Nithya nirmala nischala, nishkala sathiya sampath prasada,
Aaladi thangiya nadha, Anbar paninthidum pathaa,
Malayanum thozhum vedaa, Mangalam arul, iynkara nadha.
Oh leader of Ganas with the face of an elephant,
Please show mercy as you are my only protection.
You were Broad eyed, curved tusked, born before,
Lord Subrahmanya as the primeval basic aspect.
Son of the God who has crescent in his hair, Darling of Parvathi,
God who eats fruits, cow pea seeds and beaten rice and is partial to us,
You came and showered your grace on the poet Neelakanta dasa,
You are without change, pure, immobile without stains and grant true wealth,
Oh father who lives below a banyan tree whose feet are saluted by devotees,
You are worshipped by Brahma and Vishnu, Oh fived armed God, Bless me with good things.