As we celebrate Ganesh Chadhurthi tomorrow ,let us think about the great woman poet Auvaiyar who lived during Tamizh sanga period ( C.E 1st century) along with the great poet Thiruvalluvar.After this period, Another Auvaiyar ( woman poet) lived during 13th century Chozha kingdom along with poets Kambar & Ottakkoothar.Many are aware about "Kamba Ramayanam" written by Kambar,the great literary work in Tamizh telling about the life history of " Sitarama ",Hanuman & Ravana.Ottakkoothar used to sing for Gold coins . Auvaiyar mingled with ordinary people of Tamilnadu.She did not like rich people who were misers & did not help poor people.She was leading a saintly life.She always travelled from one place to another .She was widely respected for her talent in Tamizh language by the kings.Many a time she has acted like an adviser between kings who were trying to wage war with one another & successfully stopped the war.It is said that when her parents were trying to marry her ,she prayed to God Ganesha to give her an elderly woman's look, so that she could not be forced to married life.As she was very particular about this God Ganesha appeared before her & sanctioned this boon to her.She is an ardent devotee of God Ganesha who always blessed her. She composed a beautiful poem called ,"Vinayagar Agaval" in Tamizh ( Seedhak kalaba - சீதக் களப செந்தாமரைப் பூவும் ).She has described in this elaborately, how to awake "Kundalini Power " which is lying idle in our body.She has also written six more literary works which are very famous among Tamizh speaking people."Aathichudi,Konrai vendhan,Moothurai & Nalvazhi.They were simple to learn with telling us how to lead a good life without hurting others, encouraging charities, emphasising the speaking of truth & in many ways to mould good character.Even though she has mastered Tamizh,she has said that her learning is only a handful & the remaining to be learnt is an ocean(கற்றது கை மண்ணளவு - கல்லாதது உலகளவு).Her quoting is written in the entrance of an American university.In 2009 poet & translator Mr.Thomas Pruiksma who studied in "American College" at Madurai in Tamilnadu has selected poems of our great poet Auvaiyar & got published by Red Hen Press in English.The king Adhiamaan who ruled the present Dharmapuri, Salem area was a great admirer of Auvaiyar & valued her friendship very much.When someone gave him an amla fruit (rare type of fruit only available in remote hilly area) which gives longer life period to those who consumes it,he happily persuaded Auvaiyar to eat it so that she would live long & serve Tamizh society.What a noble gesture. It is said that she observed in her meditation ,Sundaramoorthy Nayanar,the great devotee of God Shiva was riding in a white divine horse sent from Mount Kailash to Cheraman prumal another Shiva devotee . Cheraman Perumal was invited by God Shiva to his abode in Kailash.As Sundharar was his close friend,he takes him also.But Sundarar is hanging by catching the tail of the white horse till it reaches Kailash,( He was not invited).There he was stopped by Sri.Nandigeshwarar .So Sundarar composes beautiful songs called "Aadhi andha ula aasu"(ஆதி அந்த உலா ஆசு பாடிய ,சேரர் கொங்கு வைகாவூர் - நாத விந்து கலாதி நமோ நம என்று தொடங்கும் அருணை முனிவரின் திருப்புகழ் ) & after hearing Sundarar's song,God Shiva allows him, As Auvaiyar was also interested to reach Kailash, she was performing the daily prayer in haste,God Ganesha appeared before her & advised her to perform as usual.Once the prayer was over, God Ganesha lifts Auvaiyar in his trunk & places her in Kailash before Sundaramoorthy & Cheraman reaches Kailash.
Photo courtesy from Delhi Sri Rahavan - Thiruppugazh Anbargal book.