(Kumara SAmbhavam is the story of the birth of Lord Subramanya . Poet Kalidasa has written a great poetic work by the same name. Smt. D.Pattammal has written it in the form of several Carnatic Krithis)
The story starts with a prayer to Lord Ganesa Gaja Mukhanai nee anu dhinamum
WE would daily salute the elephant faced one,
We would pray him with true devotion
WE would sing about him and sing his praises,
Please avoid failure due to this
We would take Aruga grass and Yerukku flowers,
And make them in to a garland and wear it to him,
We would offer to him sugar cane and various fruits,
And salute him calling him Oh Ganapathi
In the pretty Himalaya mountain , after loosing goddess Sathi,
Lord undertook a very hard penance.
Parvathi who was the daughter of Himalayas and Mena,
Did very many services to that Lord.
With jingling anklets she harvested several flowers,
With great pain to her hips she brought also,
Loosing her tiredness due to the cool rays,
Of the crescent , she went on doing the service.
W e Surrender, we surrender , Oh God Brahma , we surrender
The problems created by Aura Tharaka is immeasurable,
Please have mercy on us and protect us.
The heat of the sun should not reduce,
The light of the moon should not diminish,
The ladies should tremble greatly,
And do various types of service.
Leave out this wory , Oh all devas, you please,
I am sad to hear about your problems.
For getting problems solved , make the son of Lord Shiva,
As your commander with help of Goddess Parvathi.
“Like destroying the plant that one has himself planted,
For me it is not proper to destroy Tharaka,”
When Lord Brahma told like this , the devas became clear,
And waiting for the good day, they lived happily.
4.The Lord of Love shoots flower arrows at Shiva on the request of Indra and is burnt down
Indra approached Manmatha lovingly ,
And explained to him in a nice manner,
Become happy when he shot a flower arrow on Lord Shiva,
Goddess Parvathi also was waiting for the time of his coming.
Understanding the reason for the disturbance in his penance,
Immediately as soon as he burnt Manmatha by his eyes,
And went to some other place to continue his penance ,
And the lass becoming shy went to her father’s place.
5.The wailing of Rathi , the consort of Lord of love
Oh season spring see the fate of your friend,
See the way that he has turned in to ashes.
Oh season spring, when you and my husband were always together ,
What is the reason why he only attained this state.
You who usually makes a bed of flowers,
Please prepare his death bed ,
Please pour water and carry out after death rites,
And make it keeping a bunch of mango flowers.
6.Consoling of Rathi by the voice from the sky
Oh Rathi do not become sad about your husband,
This news came as a sound from the sky.
When marriage takes place between the teen aged lass
Parvathi and to the God Shiva ,Manmatha also rose up.
When Manmatha was trying to make Lord Brahma,
With his own daughter, he got this curse from him,
And Brahma also then told the release from the curse ,
To Lord Yama , even at that time itself.
7.Parvathi doing penance to marry Lord Shiva
The pretty Parvathi , in spite of being prevented by her mother ,
Dressed in the garb for penance and started her penance.
Like children liking trees as well as animals,
Without any fear she did penance on the snow mountain.
Seeing that she gets no result , Parvathi became afraid,
She did penance in between five types of fires ,
Dipping herself in the water and eating only leaves,
Making all sages becoming surprised she did penance.
8.Lord Shiva coming as a Brahmachari and teasing Parvathi
Though from a noble family and also havng a pretty form,
Why are you searching for a husband?
For lessening your tiresomeness , he said he will give half his penance,
And asked her who was the man whom she loved?
Becoming shy, Parvathi saw her friend,
And that friend, told the news of all that happened,
And said that she is going to make Shiva ,
Who was not falling in the net of pretty maidens, love her .
9.Lord Shiva details the draw backs of Shiva and teasing continues
You are loving him in spite of knowing?
Like a person falling in a deep well , knowing it.
When with live he tries to catch hold of your hand,
Would you not be afraid , on seeing a snake.
He would dress in elephant’s hide and beg for alms,
He would take the ash of cremation ground and apply on his chest,
And instead of elephant he would make you climb on a old bull,
And take you out so that all people would laugh at you.
10.Parvathi retorting to Lord Shiva
You have not understood Lord Shiva,Sir,
I understood it immediately , sir,
In this world great people behave differently,
People who do not know this are fools.
Without wearing any auspicious things himself,
He would give them in plenty to those who come and beg,
If you further find fault with the Lord who shines everywhere,
As soon as I hear it I will fine you.
11.Lord Shiva showing his real form and wooing Goddess Parvathi
Then his cloth of wodden bark slipped , she became furious,
And that lass Parvathi started from there.
That bachelor , took the form of Lord Shiva,
Jumped and caught hold of the hand of the lass and pulled her
By your penance , you made me your slave ,
When Shiva told her thus, with shyness she bent her head,
And banishing worries and forgetting sufferings,
That Shiva came in his true form came before her.
12.Lord Shiva sending sages to request for Parvathi’s hand
Oh sages go for my sake ,
And talk with Himavan regarding giving of,
His daughter in marriage to me.
All devas came to me ,
And told all the suffering all of them undergo to me.
Because Brahma told that the problems of Tharaka,
Would be got rid of by my son , As per Deva’s request,
I would get married to the very pretty Parvathi,
And solve the problems of the devas.
13.The sages asking Himavan for Parvathi and his agreeing for it
Oh best of mountins , We have come here.
To talk about anf fix the marriage of your daughter.
The Shiva who carries Ganges on his head,
Has desired to marry your daughter Parvathi.
He then called his daughter Parvathi and when
Showed her and told, She is the bride of Lord Shiva,
Mena her mother thinking about parting with her daughter became sorry,
And seeing this Arundathi came and consoled her.
14.Arrangements for marriage of Goddess Parvathi
After erecting the entrance , after drawing rangoli with pearls,
After spreading flowers in the street , he erected a golden door .
Several pretty ladies made her sit on their laps,
Made her wear ornaments and made her up.
Handing over a small cup in her hand, , keeping white mustard on her head,
And also kept tips of Arugam grass and after rubbing,
And then after rubbing perfumes on her head ,
They gave a bath to Parvathi in a luxurious manner.
15.Lord Shiva’s arrival for the marriage
1.The Lord came to marry Goddess Parvathi,
With the groups of boothas following singing and dancing .
2.With out wearing the ornamental decoration ,
Given by the mothers, he started fast with great desire.
Once when they reached Himalayas , he looked well made up ,
Before he saluted Himavan , he became shy and bent his head.
16.The marriage of Shiva and Parvathi
Great is the marriage of Parvathi
Great is the marriage of Lord Shiva
1.Lord Vishnu with colour of black cloud and Brahma with his four heads,
Ganas ., sages and Devas surrounded them.
2.Goddess Parvathi whom the world praised, saluted Lord Brahma,
And he greeted her , “You would be a mother of a valorous son
3.Dharma requested the Lord to make Manmatha alive,
And the lord joined Manmatha with Rathi.
17.Song of auspicious ending of the marriage
Auspiciousness, victorious auspiciousness to Goddess Parvathi ,
Auspiciousness and holy auspiciousness to Lord Shiva,
Auspiciousness , daily auspiciousness
All auspiciousness to the treasure of mercy,
Who lives and showers sweet graces ,
On the raising fame of the Kandha mountain