What does Panduranga mean?

திருநாவுக்கரசர் தேவாரம் தலம் திருப்பழனம் பண் பழந்தக்கராகம் நான்காம் திருமுறை திருச்சிற்றம்பலம் கண்டகங்காள் முண்டகங்காள் கைதைகாள் நெய்தல்காள் பண்டரங்க வேடத்தான் பாட்டோவாப் பழனத்தான் வண்டு உலாம் தடம் மூழ்கி மற்று அவன் என் தளிர் வண்ணம் கண்ட நாள் தானறிவான் குறிக்கொள்ளாது ஒழிவானோ. திருச்சிற்றம்பலம் thirun^Avukkaracar thEvAram thalam thiruppazanam paN pazan^thakkarAkam n^AnkAm thirumuRai thiruchchiRRambalam kaNDakaN^kAL muNDakaN^kAL kaithaikAL n^eythalkAL paNDaraN^ga vEDaththAn pATTOvAp pazanaththAn vaNDu ulAm thaDam mUzki maRRu avan en thaLir vaNNam koNDa n^AL thAnaRivAn kuRikkoLLAdhu ozivAnO. thiruchchiRRambalam Meaning: Oh the flowers of the land (kaNDakam, muNDakam, kaithai & n^eythal), One in ash smeared form, the Lord of pazanam where the singing never stops, He knows the day on which plunging in to the water, where the beetles roam around, He accepted my tenderness. Will He leave without pursuing ? Notes: 1. The heroine in this agaththuRai song was like the person who never knew the glory of the realization of God. One fine day it occurred. Having enjoyed the never-known-before Glory of God, the devotee now yearns to be always with the Lord Who is the Eternal Bliss. The pursuit to catch Him would continue till He reveals and accepts this devotee without leaving. >2. paNDaraNga - is the dance the Lord plays on the ash filled ground (after burning tripura). pANdu means white. Ranga is the stage or dais. So pANduranga means the one on the white dais. pANduranga and paNdarangan are the different forms of the word. When Lord shiva burnt tripuras, their ashes formed a dais. The God danced on that white ash dais, so He is called pANDuranga or paNDarangan. c.f. kaliththokai - kaDavuL vAzththu More information on tripurantaka murthi 3. OvA - unceasing; thaDam - (water) flow; thaLir - tender.

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