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Lyrics and meaning: isha.sadhguru.org/Thevaram
Thevarams are devotional hymns sung in praise of Shiva by the 3 Nayanmars: Sambandar, Thirunavukkarasar and Sundarar. Rendered in an ancient musical style that precedes most Indian classical music systems, these songs give us an insight into the wave of bhakti that swept across southern India during the 7th Century. In this album, children of Isha Samskriti have rendered a select few Thevaram, as an offering to today’s world.
The Nayanmars travelled the length and breadth of South India, predominantly in current day Tamil Nadu, and the temples in this region find a place in their songs. The 275 temples mentioned in Thevaram are referred to as “Paadal Petra Thalam,” which literally means “the temples that were sung in the verses”. The singing of Thevaram is still an active process in many Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu.
It is said that at the age of three, Sambandar was taken to a temple, where Shiva and Parvati had appeared before him. After a while, the child’s father noticed drops of milk on his lips. it is said that he was fed the milk of wisdom by goddess Parvathi herself. When asked about it, the child broke into a song – Thodudaiya Seviyan.
“The man connected with Divine wisdom” or Thiru Gnana Sambandar was a young, a bala yogi from around the 7th century CE, Tamil Nadu. He couldn’t teach since he was a child, so he sang wonderfully to express his enlightenment. He challenged the existing belief systems through his poetry and discourses. The first three of the Thirumurai are compilations of his poems.
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