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05-11-2012, 03:46 PM
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Once there lived an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna by name Poonthaanam. He (http://keralites.net) worshipped Guruvayoorappan (Lord Krishna) with all his heart and soul.
People loved him for his beautiful Bhagavatam discourses. There is a temple
in North Kerala called Kottiyoor. The significant deity in the temple is
Lord Siva. The temple was kept open only for a few days during a year. There
were no human activities in that place for the rest of the year. Once
Poonthaanam reached the Kottiyoor temple and had a bath in the holy river.
He worshiped the compassionate Lord Siva, felt happy, and stayed there for a
few days. He recited Bhagavatam everyday in front of the deity and several
hundreds of people listened to his sweet discourse on the wonderful pastime
in the 10th Canto 60th of Srimad Bhagavatam named "Lord Krishna Teases Queen
Rukmini." The Lord always plays a complete role in all the pastimes. Let it
be as Parthasarathi or being a son, husband, friend, He plays the role
spotlessly. The Lord decides to play with a great devotee and His beloved
wife Queen Rukmini and wanted to listen to Her. He playfully asks Her why
She wanted to marry the Lord when She had better choices like King Sisupala,
Salva, Jarasandha, etc. Hearing this Queen Rukmini faints and Lord consoles
Her. This is the gist of the chapter. Poonthaanam finished reading this part
of the chapter and kept the bookmark at the end of the chapter so that he
can continue reciting from the next chapter. Next day, to his surprise, he
found the bookmark at beginning of the same chapter. So Poonthaanam read the
same part for the second time. This was repeated for the rest of the days.
It was the last day to close the temple for the year. Poonthanam finished
the discourse and was returning from the temple with the other devotees, but
somehow left the Bhagavatam in the temple itself. Having walked some
distance suddenly he remembered that he forgot to bring the Bhagavatam with
him. He hurried back; crossed the river and reached the entrance to the
temple, which was closed. He was all alone.

He could hear somebody reciting the same part of the chapter from Bhagavatam
inside the temple. As he looked through the keyhole he saw Lord Siva himself
reading from Poonthanam's Bhagavatam. Mother Parvati and his other
Bhoothaganas were listening. Their eyes were filled with tears out of
devotion. Poonthaanam stood there motionless and heard the whole recitation.
At the end Lord Siva asked Parvati devi, "Did you like the Bhagavatam
recitation"? Parvathi replied,"Yes, it was nice, but was not as good as
Poonthaanam's". Lord Siva replied, "Yes. That is true. I also like to hear
Bhagavatam from Poonthaanam. That is why I placed the bookmark again and
again at the beginning of the same topic every day." Hearing this
Poonthaanam who stood outside was shaken up and uttered the holy name of
Krishna loudly. When he watched again, Lord Siva and Mother Parvati had
disappeared from his sight. This pastime clearly explains how all the living
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06-11-2012, 10:38 AM
Dear Sri Padmanabhan,
Very good post on the famous Poet Poonthanam.

Here is a small piece on this great Bhakta, that I wish to add.


Poet Poonthanam Nampoodri was a contemporary of Melpattur Narayana Bhattadri, who wrote Narayaneeyam. He was born in 1547 in Keezhaatrur, near Perinthalamanna ( Malapuram district), in a Namboodiri family. Poonthanam was his family name, his personal name is not known. He was a great devotee of Lord Krishna. He prayed to Guruvayurappan to grant him a child and recited ‘Santhana Gopalam.’ A child was born but died on Annaprasanam day. According to legend a heartbroken Poonthanam was consoled by Guruvayurappan, who laid himself on his lap as a child for a moment. Poonthanam spent the rest of his life reading the Bhagavatham and singing the Lord's glories in simple Malayalam. His magnum opus, Jnanappana which means 'the song of wisdom' in Malayalam was composed during this period. He wrote this soulful poem after a transforming spiritual experience following the tragic death of his child

""Unni Krishnan Manasil Kalikkumbol Unnikkal Matru Venamo Makkalai? ... " ("When the divine child Krishna dances in my heart, Is there any need to have other (human) children?")

Once while Poonthanam was travelling, he was waylaid by robbers and Krishna appeared as Mangaatachan, a minister, and saved him. Poonthanam gave him his ring as reward. When the temple priest opened the door the next day, he heard a voice saying, “The ring on my idol belongs to Poonthanam. Please return it to him!” Mahakavi Vallathol has penned a poem based on this incident.

Another famous incident used to be quoted about Poonthanam's devotion to Lord.Though a scholar and poet, Poonthanam was not that good in Sanskrit like Melpathur Narayana Bhattadri. At the time Melpathur was composing his Narayaneeyam, Poonthanam approached him with the request to read and comment upon his work "Santanagopala paana". But Melpathur dismissed his request saying that Poonathanam lacked in grammar and syntax, his grasp of "vibhakti" was poor. Crest fallen by these words Poonthanam retired to a corner of Guruvayoor Temple shedding tears. At that time the voice of Sri Guruvayoorappan came from the Srikovil (Sanctum) of the Temple rebuking Narayana Bhattadri for ignoring Poonthanam’s kriti ‘Santhanagopala Paana.’ and told that he admired Poonthanam’s true " bhakti" more than Bhattadri’s "Vibhakti". The mortified scholar sought out forgiveness from Poonthanam immediately.

Ponthanam always wanted that he should continue to do namasamkirtanam of the Lord till his last breath. Legend has it that he left this world with his body like Sant Tukaram. He announced that he was leaving for heaven and whoever wanted could join him. While the villagers were skeptical, his servant maid who had nursed his ailing wife all along joined him. This was said to have happened in 1640.


06-11-2012, 06:41 PM
ஸ்ரீ பூந்தானம் பற்றிய விவரங்கள் by ஸ்ரீ பத்மநாபன் மற்றும் ஸ்ரீ பிரமன்யன் அற்புதம் இருவருக்கும் எனது மனமார்ந்த நன்றிகள்

07-11-2012, 02:32 PM
Excellent Additional Info, Thanks Sri. Brahmanyan

Priya Radhi
08-11-2012, 12:06 PM
மிகவும் அரிய விஷயங்களை தெரிவித்தமைக்கு நன்றி.
மெய் சிலிர்க்க வைக்கும் இறைவனின் திருவிளையாடல்களை
அறிய வைத்துள்ளீர்கள் ஸ்ரீ பத்மநாபன் மற்றும் ஸ்ரீ பிரமன்யன் இருவருக்கும் நன்றி