The Resplendent Verses: The Kolaru Pathigam

Chant the Kolaru Padhigam and have no worry about ill effects of planets

The Kolaru Padhigam has recently been making headlines, along with the Sengol. It is widely known that the Sengol, or Sceptre, retrieved from the Allahabad museum, now holds a place of honor in the newly constructed Indian Parliament. Back in 1947, the Thiruvaduthurai Mutt saints entrusted the Sengol to Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s new Prime Minister, and during the handover ceremony, they chanted the Kolaru Padhigam, the verses composed by Saint Thirugnanasambandar. Interestingly, when the Sengol was recently handed over to Prime Minister Modi, the Mutt saints once again recited the same powerful Kolaru Padhigam.

Now, let’s delve into the captivating story behind this ancient hymn:

The term “Kol” in Tamil can mean both “planets” and “evil,” while “Aru” signifies “taking away.” “Padhigam” refers to a collection of 10 verses. The Kolaru Padhigam was written in the 7th century by Saint Thirugnanasambandar in India, a time when the Western world didn’t even believe the Earth was round!

During that era, the Pandya King ruling Madurai was a Jain, while his wife, Mangayarkarasi, was a devoted Saivite. She desired the Saint’s presence to persuade the king to embrace Saivism. Consequently, she sent a message to Saint Thirugnanasambandar, who was residing in Vedaranyam alongside Saint Appar. Upon hearing of the invitation, Saint Appar tried to dissuade Thirugnanasambandar from going to Madurai, citing unfavorable planetary positions and inauspicious days. Appar didn’t want the young saint to endure the same suffering he had experienced at the hands of the Jains. (Appar had been cast into the sea, bound to a granite stone, and had also been confined in a lime kiln for seven days. However, through divine grace, he miraculously escaped unharmed.)

Yet, Thirugnanasambandar remained undeterred by Appar’s concerns. He proclaimed that the influence of planets and the negativity of certain days held no power over those who had the Lord within themselves. This pathigam  (hymn with 10 stanzas) which he sang to negate Appar’s concerns, is brimming with positivity. While it is true that planetary positions and an individual’s horoscope can influence their life, Thirugnanasambandar’s message to all those who wholeheartedly believe in the concept of auspicious and inauspicious days is that all evil becomes nullified when the Lord resides within oneself.

With its profound teachings, the Kolaru Padhigam serves as a powerful reminder that the divine presence can transcend the influence of celestial bodies and guide individuals toward a life filled with positivity and spiritual awakening.

Sharing Dr Sudha Seshaiyyan’s lecture on Kolaru Padhigam. Click here. 

Listen to the Kolaru Padhigam everyday. Chanting these powerful verses keeps evil at bay. If there is no time to chant all of them the first stanza itself would suffice.

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