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Harivarasanam : The lullaby to Lord Ayyappa.

Monday, April 15, 2013

The divine song “Harivarasanam” or Hari Haratmaka Ashtakam is sung when the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple close for the day at night. The emotions of Ayyappa devotees in Sabarimala are beyond explanation when they hear Harivarsanam rendered in Sanctorium. The whole area will be filled with Sarana Manthra and every devotee feel the presence of Lord Ayyappa in their minds.

The Harivarasanam lyrics were composed in 1950 and written by Kumbakudi Kulathur Iyer. After serving the last meal or Athaza puja or panakam when the temple doors are about to close Kulathur Iyer used to sing Harivarasanam daily to Lord Ayyappa. The Panakam (prepared of the jaggery sirup, dry ginger, cardamom, pepper powder, and cumin-seed mixed) offered to the lord Ayyappa are distributed to the devotees. It is believed that this divine drink is an ideal medicine and health drink that overcome the severe winter cold and resist diseases.

In those days the Melshanti or the main priest used to play the flute while closing the doors of the temple. It is said that in 50s sacred sanctum used to open once in a month. During those times Sri.V R Gopala Menon a devotee from Alapuzha used to stay at Sabarimala. Sri.V R Gopala Menon known by nick name as 'Sabrimalayile Kudikidappukaran' used to sing the sweet song Harivarasanam daily. He became a great friend of Sri. Vadakatham Easwaran Namboodiri who was the then melsanthi(chief priest). Gopala Menon used to roam about in forest and one day he died.Hearing the death of this great Ayyappa devotee Sri Easwaran Namboodiri broke his heart and he sang Harivarasanam just before closing the sanctum of lord Ayyappa to pay his tribute to this departed soul.

In 1955 Swami Vimochanananda sang in his beautiful voice and popularized Harivarasanam by travelling throughout the South India.

Today, the Melshanti and the other priests stand on both the sides of Ayyappa idol and recite the Harivarasanam. While it’s been rendered one by one the priests exits the Sanctum Sanctorum without making noise. When the song is sung about halfway, the chief priest or Melshanti puts off each of the lamp in the sanctum sanctorum. As the song ends only the Melshanti will be inside the Sreekovil or Sacred Sanctorium. When the final line is sung, the chief priest closes the door of the Sanctum Sanctorum and locks it.

At present the temple plays the Harivarasanam recital by noted singer and a strong Ayyappa devotee “Ganagandharvan” K.J. Yesudas'. The Music is composed in Madhyamavathi raga by renowned music director G. Devarajan. The composition has 352 letters,108 words in 32 lines (8 stanzas).

The lyrics and meaning of Harivarasanam are as follows:

Harivarasanam Viswamohanam, Haridadhiswaram Aaradhyapadhukam, Arivimardhanam Nithyanarthanam, Hariharathmajam Devamashraye, Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa, Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa.

One who is seated on the supreme Simhasana. One who enchants the Universe. One whose holy feet is worshipped by Surya. One who kills the enemies of good thought and who enacts cosmic dance every day. Oh Son of Hari And Hara,I take refuge in you Ayyappa, I take refuge in you Ayyappa.

Saranakirtanam Bakhtamanasam, Bharanalolupam Narthanalasam, Arunabhasuram Bhoothanayakam, Hariharathmajam Devamashraye, Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa, Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa.

One whose mind gladdens on hearing Sharana Gosham,One who is a great ruler of the Universe, One who loves to dance, One who shines in the rising Sun, One who is the master of all beings, Oh Hariharaputra Deva, I take refuge in you Ayyappa, I take refuge in you Ayyappa.

Pranayasathyakam Praananayakam, Pranathakalpakam Suprabhanjitham, Pranavamanidram Keerthanapriyam, Hariharathmajam Devamashraye, Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa, Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa.

One whose soul is truth,One who is the darling of all souls,One who created universe, Onewho shines with a glittering Halo,One who is the abode of “OM”, One who loves songs, Oh Hariharaputra Deva, I take refuge in you Ayyappa, I take refuge in you Ayyappa.

Thuragavahanam Sundarananam, Varagadhayudham Vedavavarnitham, Gurukrupakaram Keerthanapriyam, Hariharathmajam Devamashraye, Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa, Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa.

One who has a pretty face One who rides a horse,One who has a pretty face,One who has the blessed mace as weapon,One who bestows grace like a teacher,One who loves songs,Son of Hari and Hara,I take refuge in you Ayyappa, I take refuge in you Ayyappa.

Tribuvanarchitam Devathathmakam, Trinayanam Prabhum Divyadeshikam, Tridashapoojitham Chinthithapradam, Hariharathmajam Devamashraye, Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa, Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa.

One who is worshiped by the three worlds,One who is the soul of all gods,One who is the lord of Shiva,One who is worshipped by devas,One who is who is worshipped three times a day,One whose thought is fulfilling,Son of Hari and Hara I take refuge in you Ayyappa, I take refuge in you Ayyappa.

Bhavabhayapaham Bhavukavaham, Bhuvanamohanam Bhoothibhooshanam, Dhavalavahanam Divyavaranam, Hariharathmajam Devamashraye, Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa, Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa.

One who destroys fear,One who brings prosperity,One who is enchanter of universe,One who wears holy ash as ornament,One who rides a white elephant,Son of Hari and Hara,I take refuge in you Ayyappa, I take refuge in you Ayyappa.

Kalamrudusmitham Sundarananam, Kalabhakomalam Gathramohanam, Kalabhakesari Vajivahanam, Hariharathmajam Devamashraye, Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa, Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa.

One who blesses with enchanting smile,One who has is very pretty,One who is adorned by sandal paste,One who has a pretty mien,One who is a like a lion to the elephants,One who rides on a tiger,Son of Hari and Hara,I take refuge in you Ayyappa,I take refuge in you Ayyappa.

Srithajanapriyam Chinthithapradam, Sruthivibhushanam Sadhujeevanam, Sruthimanoharam Geethalalasam, Hariharathmajam Devamashraye, Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa, Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa.

One who is dear to his devotees,One who fulfills wishes,One who is praised by Vedas,One who blesses life of ascetics,One who is the essence of Vedas,One who enjoys divine music,Son of Hari and Hara,I take refuge in you Ayyappa, I take refuge in you Ayyappa.

“Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa”.

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