(Prayer to Goddess of wealth)
Thalam THisra ekam
(This is not a popular poem of the Mahakavi. There is certain an amount of satire in his words .He was a man who lead a life of a courageous freedom fighter , who used to rise up and fight at anything he considers as injustice .In the first few lines he says , that there is no point in living a life like a mad person in love with money.)
1.Nitham unai vendi manam,
Ninaipathellam neeyai ,
Pithanai pol vazzvathile ,
Perumayundo thiruve ,
Chitha uruthi kondirunthar ,
Cheikai yellam vetti konde ,
Uthama nilai chervar yendre,
Sutha verum poyyodi
Chudar maniye, thiruve,
Metha mayyal kondu vitten ,
1.Oh Goddess of wealth , by daily requesting you ,
And making all thoughts of the day be engaged only in you ,
And living like a mad man , Was there anything great that was achieved?
Are the words of the very great Vedas, which tell,
That all acts of people with a stable mind ,
Would lead them to victory and they would attain great positions, a lie,
Oh gem of the flame , Oh wealth ,
I have fallen greatly in love with you, Oh Goddess Lakshmi
Please develop desire to me .
Ulagamisai vere ?
Ponnai vadivendrudayai ,
Puthamuthe , Thiruve ,
Minnoli tharu nan manigal ,
Medai uyarntha maligaikal,
Vannamudaya Thamarai poo,
Mani kulamulla cholaikalum,
Annam, neryu nei palum,
Ninnarulai vazhthi yendrum ,
2.Is there more pleasure than you ,
Apart from eminence in the world?
Oh Goddess who has the form of Gold ,
Oh newly made nectar , Oh wealth !
The gems that give out great luster like lightning,
Huge buildings whose stairs are very tall,
The lotus flower which has great colour,
The gardens with gem studded ponds ,
Cooked rice , quality ghee and milk ,
Are given by you in rare cases,
Oh Goddess Lakshmi, I would ,
Praise your grace and would be stable
Veedukalum nedu nilamum ,
EEdu ninakkor deivamundo?
Yenakku unnai andri charanamundo?
Vaadu nilathai kandirangaa ,
Mazhayinai pola ullamundo?
Nadu m,ani chelvamellam m ,
Nangu arulvai thiruve ,
Peedutaya vaan porule,
Perum kaliye thiruve.
3,Oh Goddess give me with great speed ,
Goats , cows, pretty horses, homes and broad land,
Is there any other thing which can be compared to you?
Is there any other protection other than you to me?
Is there a heart , which is like the rain ,
Which does not take mercy seeing a fading land?
Oh Goddess Lakshmi give me countries, gems and wealth ,
Oh noble material in the sky, Oh great sport , Oh Goddess of weath.