BHUVANESWARI NAVAVARANAM by PUDUKKOTTAI ADHISTHANAM (Sahithyam: V.Ramayya)

This set of Navavarana krithis was written by Sri. V.Ramayya; these are on the Matha Sree Bhuvaneswari Amman Temple, (Uthira Navasalapuri, Puthukkottai) Andal Nagar, West Velachery, Chennai. The presiding Deity of this temple is Sri Bhuvaneswari Amman. The Temple is facing south and with an entrance arch. Amman is in the sitting posture. In the upper hands she has Mazhu and Pasam. Lower hands are in Abhaya and Vara Hastham. Mahameru is in front with Urchavar. Varaahi and Rajamathangi area at the entrance of the sannidhi, in addition to Vinayagar and Subramanyar. In koshtam, Panchamukha Anjaneyar, Durga and Ayyappan. In the prakaram sannidhi for Vinayakar, Sri Shanthananda Swamikal, Dathreyar foot prints, Nava Grahas, Shiva Lingam with Nandi under Vilwa tree. The temple was constructed in 1982 AD and maintained by Sri Bhuvaneswari Bhaktha Mandali. Sri Shanthananda Swamikal was the instrumental in establishing the Bhuvaneswari Peetam of Pudukkottai.

All important Festivals, especially Navarathri, are celebrated here. There are three idols of Sadashiva Bruhmendra Saraswathi Swamikal, Sri Swayamprakasha Bruhmendra Saraswathi Swamikal and Sri Santhananda Bruhmendra Saraswathi Swamikal on the main gopuram.


There are 11 krithis in the Navavaranam set of krithis; these were set to the different ragas by Smt. Rajam Nagarajan, as :


1. Dhyanam – Bhuvaneswari Sadanandakari – Ragam Saveri

2. Bhuvaneswari – Ragam Sankarabharanam

3. Bhuvaneswari paadukaam avalambe - Kambhoji

4. Bhuvaneswarya nikhila jananya - Begaḍa

5. Bhuvaneswaryai bhramadhyaramyakaantyai - bhairavi

6. Bhuvaneswaryaḥ gagana sareerayaḥ - Kalyaṇi

7. Bhuvaneswaryaḥ bhuvanapraaṇaayaaḥ - Thoḍi

8. Bhuvaneswaryam bhuvanadeepikayam - Mohanam

9. Bhuvaneswari apaamroopiṇi - Anandabhairavi

10. Bhuvaneswari bhoopuranilayini - Vasantha

11. Maṅgaḻam - Jayathu jayathu Bhuvaneswari - ragamaḻika (aṭhaṇa, bilahari, sahana, madhyamavathi)


Sri Trichy Ganeshan and vid. Nalini Ramprasad also has sung the above compositions, with an Introduction and a Poorvanga song (totally 13); but in different ragas; which is more popular. These have been composed by Sri. L.Krishnan.


01.Introduction

02.Poorvaanga song-Mohanam

03.Dhyaanam-Hamsadhwani

04.Bhuvaneshwari Nireeshwari- Sankarabharanam

05.Bhuvaneshwari Paadukaam-Ranjani

06.Bhuvaneshwaryaa-Hindolam

07.Bhuvaneshwaryai-Bhairavi

08.Bhuvaneshwaryaha-Bageshree

09.Bhuvaneshwaryaha-Mohanam

10.Bhuvaneshwari-Kanada

11.Bhuvaneshwari-Shubhapantuvarali

12.Bhuvaneshwari-Yamankalyaani

13.Mangala Charanam-Ragamalika


This set is named ‘Bhuvaneswari Navavaranam’, but none of the compositions 04 to 12 (supposed to pertain to each of the Navavaranams) give any reference to any particular Avaranam; except 09 and 10, where the word ‘avaranam’ is used. Also, ‘Bhuvaneswari bhoopuranilayini’ refers to the first Avaranam (Trailokya mohana chakram). All the above compositions refer to ‘Navasalpureswari’, confirming that this set is on the Pudukkottai temple.


Here are the various links to each of the composition; sung by vid. Nalini Ramprasad:

Track Details:

01.Introduction : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o05Tbd8Gv4o

02.Poorvaanga song-Mohanam : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-mpwyOtcqA 03.Dhyaanam-Hamsadhwani : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZFFET_4XHU

04.Bhuvaneshwari Nireeshwari- Sankarabharanam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcF5xPcEmko

05.Bhuvaneshwari Paadukaam-Ranjani : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCEZ-b1oZCU

06.Bhuvaneshwaryaa-Hindolam : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKwDFRUdXf4

07.Bhuvaneshwaryai-Bhairavi : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCbHsFjAOso

08.Bhuvaneshwaryaha-Baageshree : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vayhf-Up3J4

09.Bhuvaneshwaryaha-Mohanam : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnNLVg1zh5E

10.Bhuvaneshwari-Kaanadaa : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssDKyrgF2AU

11.Bhuvaneshwari-Shubhapantuvaraali : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH41Bnysr8U

12.Bhuvaneshwari-Yamankalyaani : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wV6FWrc9h8

13.Mangala Charanam-Raagamaalikaa : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZfQS-HSGV0

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