"It will be the right tribute paid to King Raja Raja Chola" "It is only in Tamil Nadu that some people think God cannot understand Tamil"
Thanjavur: Taking steps to sing Thirumurais in all the temples will be the right tribute paid to King Raja Raja Chola, who retrived Thirumurais from the clutches of Diksh*thars of Chidambaram, said Sri Ponnambala Adigalar of Kundrakudi Mutt here on Tuesday, 31 Oct., 2006.
Speaking at the 1021st `Sadhaya vizha' — birth anniversarycelebrations of the great King — at the Big Temple, Ponnambala Adigalar said that even now there was a controversy over singing of Thirumurais at the Chidambaram temple.
"This is very unfortunate. It is only in Tamil Nadu that some people think God cannot understand Tamil language," he said and appealed to the people to sing Thirumurais, which showed the way of life.
Pope and Tamil
He recalled the services rendered by G.U. Pope, who learnt Tamil and translated Thiruvasagam into English. He said that Raja Raja Cholan was the monarch who lived as a democrat. He introduced `kudavolai' method of elections and paved the way for democracy at the lower level.
Lord Siva treated saint Sundarar as one of his friend and did all he could for him. But nowadays friendship was there for making gains. Friendship was born out of dependence and necessity.
S.N.M. Ubayathullah, Minister for Commercial Taxes, said that spirituality formed the basis for life. T. Selvam, chairman, Sadhaya vizha committee, Sri Babaji Rajah Bhonsle, senior prince and hereditary trustee of Palace Devasthanam, and S. Ilango, Joint Commissioner, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments, participated.
Tamil scholars V.Thamizh Seranar, R. Kaliyaperumal and Kudavayil Balasubramanian spoke on various aspects of King Raja Raja Cholan.
Earlier, Thirumurais were sung by Kalimedu Appar Peravai Othuvars. Discourse by Saraswathi Ramanathan, `Kaviarangam' and Patti Mandram were held in the evening.