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51 pantuvaraaLi (kaamavardhani) mela
ninnE nera namminAnura O rAma rAmayya
anni kallalanucu ADi pADi vEDi pannagashayana nE cinna tanamu nADE
vEda shAstra purANa vidyalacE bhEda vAdamula dIraka bhramayu vArala jUci
bhOgamula kOraku bhuvilO rAjasammuna yAgAdu lonarinci yalayu vArula jUci
I janmamuna ninnu rAji jEsikonalEka rAjillarAni tyAgarAja rAja rAghava
anupallavi: I realized that worldly happiness is a mirage, so I engaged myself in singing your glory a nd praying for your grace while dancing to the rhythmic chanting of your names, ever since my childhood.
caraNam 1: Oh, you who recline on the serpent couch, observing men who are caught in the web of eternal arguments and disputes despite their profic iency in the Vedas and Epics. They waste their time in fruitless exercises and waste precious time.
caraNam 2: Seeing those who come to grief after engaging themselves in sacrifices in order to experience pleasure, I turned to you.
caraNam 3: Knowin g that those who are not blessed by you in birth have no chance of redemption, I have firm faith in you, O Rama.
ninne - you
Song performed for karnATik by Uma Ayyar.