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Gajanana Ganeswarane


Neelakanda Sivan


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(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,  very many people do not know about him.  His Disciple Papanasam Sivan  is however well known.  http://www.carnaticcorner.com/articles/nilakanta_sivan.html  as well as http://www.carnatica.net/neelakantasivan.htm give a very detailed account of this composer  and his Krithis. Though he is said have composed over 2000 Krithis very few of them are now available.)



Ragam Panthuvarali

Thalam Roopakam



Gajanana Ganeswarane,

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.


English translation




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.