Potri nindru pugazndhidum;
Thigazhu nannila maanthiruchuzhi
thannil vandha dhayabaran.
pugazhum = praising; pon ulagam = golden world; vaanavar = devas, celestial (vaan, short for vaanam means sky); potri = praise and worship; dhayabaran = compassionate being
In Thiruchuzhi, a Siva sthala, praised by even the celestial beings living in the golden world of Mount Meru, was born our lord of great compassion, Ramana!
Tiruchuzhi, where Bhagavan was born, has a special place in Saivite history as it is one of the ‘pedal petra thalams’ where Sundarar, one of the venerable Shiva saints (nayanmars) and poet, sang verses worshipping the deity, Bhuminathar, here [any temple where the nayanmars went and sang in praise of the the deity earns the distinction of ‘pedal petra thalam’ literally meaning ‘song begotten place’].
Legend has it that during one of the cyclical dissolution of the world there was a massive flood that was swallowing everything in its path (called pralaya). The king of Tiruchuzhi prayed to Lord Siva to spare this place, and Siva agreed. He made a hole in the ground with his Trishul and the flood water swirled through the hole thus leaving the city intact. Swirl in Tamil is called ‘chuzhi’, and ‘thiru’ is a mark of respect and is a prefix for something holy.
Legend also has it that the deity here was worshipped by Vishnu, Indra, Surya (Sun), Sage Gowthama, Arjuna among others which is summed up in the first line that says even celestials came to worship here. Mount Meru is considered to the centre of physical and spiritual universes in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.