Friday, November 19, 2010

Bhagyada Lakshmi BaraAmma

Jai Bedi Anjaneya!!!!

Jai Bedi Anjaneya!!!!

This song is composed by Sri Purandara dasaru, the pitamaha of Carnatic Sangeeta; he composed 4.75 Lakhs compositions. He is Deva Rishi Narada avataara. His compositions are called Purandara Upanishad, because they have so much shastra in them. Sri Purandara Dasaru is so holy that all that river Goddess came and drew rangoli at his door step everyday. Sri Purandara Dasaru is called Carnatic Sangeetha Pitamaha; because he systematized learning of Carnatic sangeet, he introduced pillari geetas and various other constructs by which Carnatic sangeeta could be easily taught to the public. Prior to this, only gifted people could be taught sangeeta. Just like reading the shastras and understanding the deep meanings is tough; so was  sangeeta. Sri Purandara Dasaru with his genius made the shastras easier as well as the sangeeta.
Sri Purandara Dasaige Namon Namaha !!!

His shishya Sri VijayDasaru (Brighu Muni avataara)started the Dasa parmapare (giving Ankitas).

I just remembered some things I was taught about this song. Please accept my humble contribuitions.

Simple songs like this have been filled with tremendous shastra and meanings by the Dasaru’s. Any mistakes are solely mine !

bhAgyada lakShmI bArammA nammamma nI saubhAgyada lakShmI bArammA

Bhagya Lakshmi bArammA – O MahaLaksmi, Goddess of Fortune, Please come O Mother
nammamma nI saubhAgyada lakShmI bArammA – Our mother, you are the Goddess of infinite auspiciousness and fortune, O MahaLakshmi Please Come !

hejjaya mele hhejjeyanikkuta -
There is a lot of Shastra in this : The literal translation is “Keeping one foot on another come forward” Or a more sane translation would appear to be “Come to me putting steps”
But why has Dasa Sreshsta Purandara Dasaru chosen this style of expression; no word of his is futile. To understand this, we need to understand the circumstance of composing the song.
Since Purandara Dasaru is an Aproksha Gynani, the Lord showed him visions of his leelas from time to time. SRI Purandara Dasaru would immidiately burst out with devotion and compose a song.
The vision for this song is, puttu Sri Krishna or a child Sri Krishna is running around the house. Her mother Yashoda is chasing him around. Yashoda has a special amsha of MahaLaxmi else no one can touch Sri Krishna. Dasaru sees this vision and he notices one thing.

Yashoda places her feet or hejje(footstep) only where Sri Krishna’s hejje (footprint) is present. Dasaru immediately connects it with Shastra that Sri Hari and Sri MahaLaxmi are nitya aviyogi, they don’t have even a moment of separation. Sri MahaLaxmi will come only where her husband Sri Hari is honoured and respected. Sri MahaLaxmi is the ultimate wife. She blesses and bestows grace to people only when they worship/respect her husband Sri Krishna.

To view this in another angle; Sri MahaLaxmi is the Abhimani Devata for all the shastras, Vedas, Puranas, Itihasa etc. (Vidya Laxmi). The entire Shastras follow the footsteps of Sri Krishna.


Dasaru sees Sri Krishna running towards him and sees Sri MahaLaxmi in Yashoda running towards him and composes this song.

So hejjaya mele hhejjeyanikkuta – means Sri MahaLaxmi places her hejje only on Sri Krishna’s hejje

gejje kAlgaLa dhvaniya madutha
Payal or Anklets are making sweet sounds while your are running (Mantras/meaning of Shastras)

sajjana sAdhu pUjeya vELege majjigeyoLagina beNNeyante
sajjana sAdhu – Satvik people
pUjeya vELege – at the time of Pooja or worship

majjigeyoLagina beNNeyante – like butter appearing from buttermilk
* Buttermilk or Yogurt drink, is churned with a churning rod repeatedly to form butter.
#1) This reference is to the Samudhra Manthana (During KurmaAvatara the milk ocean was churned and Sri MahaLaxmi appeared in a special roopa and married Sri Vishnu)
Sri MahaLaxmi got must be married to Sri Hari or in other words, money/intellegence/education must be directed towards Sri Hari.

#2) This refers also to the Sadhane towards Sri Hari, Upanishads and Sri HariKathaAmruthSara talk about Sri Hari residing in arani(a type of sacred wood) sticks in the form of fire. Only when the arani sticks are rubbed together does the fire appear. Only when the buttermilk is churned that butter appears. Only when the Shastras are contemplated on deeply under the guidance of Tattvavada parampare does the true and real meaning come out.

kanaka vrStiya kareyuta bAre mana kAmanaya siddhiya tOrE
kanaka vrStiya kareyuta bAre – Please create a rain of Gold coins while you come
mana kAmanaya siddhiya tOrE – Please fulfill all my desires

dinakara kOTi tEjadi hoLeva janakarAyana kumAri bega
dinakara – Surya
kOTi – crore
tEjadi – brilliance
hoLeva – shine

O JankaRaja’s daughter (Sri Seeta Devi w/o Sri Rama), you shine with the brilliance of more than a crore suns, please come quickly O Mother.


attittalagalade bhaktara maneyali nitya mahOtsava nitya sumangaLa
Your devotees (Sri Hari and yours, Sri MahaLaxmi is never prayed alone; always with Sri Hari)
never face any trouble whatsoever; their houses are always happy; everyday is a festival and there is all around happiness and auspiciousness every day

satyava tOruva sAdhu sajjanara cittadi hoLevA puttaLi bombe
satyava tOruva sAdhu sajjanara – The Satwiks who show the truth of the Shastras (Sri Hari Sarvothamma !)
cittadi hoLevA puttaLi bombe – You along with Sri Hari reside in their hearts an shine brilliantly like a doll

sankhye illAda bhAgyava koTTu kankaNa kaiya tiruvuta bAre
sankhye illAda bhAgyava  - You shower innumerable good fortune on your devotees
kankaNa kaiya tiruvuta bAre - kankaNa kaiya - the hand wearing kankaNa (right hand) (the hand Sri MahaLaxmi pours gold coins with)

kunkumAnkite pankaja lOcane venkaTaramaNana binkada rANI
You always wear the kumkum ( red vermilion power) on your forehead; O Lotus eyed; wife of Sri Venkataramana !

sakkare tuppada kAluve harisi shukravAradha pUjaya vELage
Rivers of Sugar, Ghee (Clarified butter) flow from your feet towards us; especially during Friday’s pooja time
* Ghee is a symbol of richness and health in India

akkareyuLLa aLagiri rangana cokka purandara viThalana rANI
O Merciful, Eternal Queen of Sri Purandara Vitthala !

Jai Bharateesha,

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