Ponnar Meniyane is a devotional song composed by Sundarar, one of the four great Shaivite saints of Tamil Nadu. The song is part of the seventh Thirumurai, a collection of hymns in praise of Lord Shiva. The song was sung by Sundarar at Thirumazhapadi, a temple town in Chola Nadu, where he met his wife Paravaiyar.
The song expresses Sundarar's love and devotion for Shiva, who is described as having a golden body adorned with jewels and flowers. Sundarar says that he cannot think of anyone else but Shiva, who is the supreme lord of the universe. He also recounts how Shiva blessed him with various boons and miracles in his life.
The song has ten verses, each ending with the refrain \"annE unnaiyallAl ini yAraininai kkenE\", which means \"O lord, who else can I think of but you?\". The song uses various poetic devices such as alliteration, rhyme, imagery and metaphor to convey Sundarar's emotions and sentiments.
The song is set to Thirumazhapadi talam, a rhythmic cycle of seven beats. The song is sung in Tamil, the ancient Dravidian language of South India. The song is popular among devotees of Shiva and is often performed in temples and festivals.
The lyrics of the song can be found online in Tamil and English. A PDF version of the lyrics can be downloaded from this link: https://aanmeegamlyrics.com/sivan-songs/ponnar-meniyane-song-lyrics-tamil/. A video of the song can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWN9Wk1lo7M.
Sundarar is regarded as one of the four great saints of Tamil Shaivism, along with Appar, Sambandar and Manikkavasagar. He is also known as Chuntarar, Chuntaramurtti, Nampi Aruran or Tampiran Tolan. He composed over 300 hymns in praise of various forms and aspects of Shiva, which are collected in the seventh volume of the Tirumurai, the canonical scripture of Tamil Shaivism. His hymns are known for their musicality, lyrical beauty and emotional intensity.
Sundarar's life was full of miracles and divine interventions. He is said to have received a golden axe from Shiva to cut down a palm tree that obstructed his view of the temple. He also received a golden hand from Shiva to replace his severed hand that was bitten by a crocodile. He was cured of his blindness by the grace of Shiva after he sang a hymn in Thiruvennainallur. He also had the power to revive the dead by singing hymns in their ears.
Sundarar travelled extensively throughout Tamil Nadu, visiting various Shiva temples and singing his hymns. He also had many disciples and followers who accompanied him in his journeys. He had a special bond with Cheraman Perumal, the king of Kerala, who became his devotee and friend. Sundarar also had two wives, Paravaiyar and Sangiliyar, who were both temple dancers and devotees of Shiva. They supported Sundarar in his spiritual quest and shared his love for Shiva. 29c81ba772