Monday, February 1, 2010

Meaning of Harivarasanam

After the posting of Lokaveeram.... Many of our devotees are mailing me to post the meaning of Harivarasanam too... I had been to Chennai for a "Hariharaputra Sapthaham" at the wonderful Perambur Ayyappan Temple and so could not do it immediately...

With a very great mental solitude and vibration I gained from Perambur Ayyappan.. Iam presenting the Harivarsanam here..

Let me give a small introduction about Harivarasanam before we get in to the meaning...

Many people are under the impression that “Harivarasanam" was written by Jesudas.... This wonderful work was composed by Shri. Kulathur Iyer(who lived at Chennai belonging to the illustrious Kambankudi family..) If I remember right, He published it in a book called
"Darma Sastha Stuti Kadambam" (A garland of praises to Lord Darma Sastha)

It is again a myth that this "Ashtakam" is song to make the Lord sleep.... How can you make the Master of the universe sleep? The ashtakam says "devam-ashraye.." - I take refugee in you.. I surrender to you... How can you surrender to a sleeping person?

And the "Sharanam Ayyappaa Swami Sharanam Ayyappa" doesn't appear in the earlier texts and might have been a later addition... [dear devotees... it is not Sararanam Ayyappa... or Charanam Ayyappa... its Sharanam Ayyappa]

Now the audio recording at Sabarimalai has "Panchadreeshwara Mangalam...." added after Harivarasanam - which is again from the work of Shri. Kambankudi Kulathu Iyer (Last Sloka of Sasthru Shatakam - 100 verses on Lord Sastha)
In the early 1950s the area was just a wild jungle - with only a handful of devotees visited. One devotee, a Menon, stayed there at Sannidhanam and he was very fond
of this Ashtakam and used to recite it at the Sannidhanam. Some years later, due to administrative reasons he was moved out and he died as an orphan. Thirumeni Eashwaran Nampoothiri, an old Mel Santhi of the temple remembered his friend and started reciting Harivarasanam while closing the doors... Thus started a tradition that continues to this day.

- V.Aravind Subramanyam (Sastha Aravind)
Harivarasanam Viswamohanam Haridadhiswara Aaradhyapadhukam
Arivimardhanam Nithyanarthanam Hariharathmajam Devamashraye

One who is seated on a supreme Simhasana, One who enchants the universe, One whose holy feet is worshipped by Surya(Haridadhiswara - is Surya), One who kills enemies(of good deeds), One who always dances the cosmic dance, Oh Hariharaputra Deva! (Son of Hari and Hara !)- I take refuge in thee.

Sharanakirtanam Shakhtamanasam Bharanalolupam Narthanalasam
Arunabhasuram Bhoothanayakam Hariharathmajam Devamashraye

One whose mind gladdens on hearing the Sharana Gosham, One who is the great ruler(of the universe), One who loves to dance, One who shines like the rising sun, One who is the Master of all beings, Oh Hariharaputra Deva! - I take refuge in thee.

Pranaya Sathyaka Praananayakam Pranathakalpakam Suprabhanjitham
Pranavamanidram Keerthanapriyam Hariharathmajam Devamashraye

One who is the darling of his dear most soul Sathyaka(son of Lord Sastha), One who grants all the wishes of the devotees, One who shines with a divine glow, One who is the very abode of “OM”(Pranavam), One who loves songs, Oh Hariharaputra Deva! - I take refuge in thee.

Thuragavahanam Sundarananam Varagadhayudham Vedavarnitham
Gurukrupakaram Keerthanapriyam Hariharathmajam Devamashraye

One who rides a horse, who has a beautiful face, One who has the divine mace as his weapon, One who is described by the Vedhas, One who bestows the grace like a teacher, One who loves songs, Oh Hariharaputra Deva! - I take refuge in thee.

Tribuvanarchitam Devathathmakam Trinayanam Prabhum Divyadeshikam
Tridashapoojitham Chinthithapradam Hariharathmajam Devamashraye

One who is worshiped by the three worlds, who is the soul of all divine beings, One who is the Three - eyed Lord, One who is worshipped by devas(Tridasha = Devas), One who grants all the desires, Oh Hariharaputra Deva! - I take refuge in thee.

Bhavabhayapaham Bhavukavaham Bhuvanamohanam Bhoothibhooshanam
Dhavalavahanam Divyavaranam Hariharathmajam Devamashraye

One who destroys fear(of Birth & Death), who grants brings prosperity to the devotees like a father, One who is enchanter of the entire universe, One who is adorned with the holy ash(Voboothi) as ornament, One who rides on a divine white elephant, Oh Hariharaputra Deva! - I take refuge in thee.
Kalamrudusmitham Sundarananam Kalabhakomalam Gathramohanam
Kalabhakesari Vajivahanam Hariharathmajam Devamashraye

One who has an enchanting smile, who has a beautiful face, One who has an enchanting , soft, pretty form, One who has Elephant, Lion and Horse as his Vahanas Oh Hariharaputra Deva! - I take refuge in thee.

Srithajanapriyam Chinthithapradam Sruthivibhushanam Sadhujeevanam
Sruthimanoharam Geethalalasam Hariharathmajam Devamashraye

One who is dear to the people (who have surrendered to him), One who fulfills all the wishes, One has Vedas as his ornaments and One who is the very life of Good people, One whose glory is wonderfully praised by the Shrutis(Vedas) and who enjoys divine music Oh Hariharaputra Deva! - I take refuge in thee.


  1. The meaning of Ayyappa songs,long awaited is made known to the devotees through this e-mail which will help them to understand the grace of Ayyappa,how he blesses HIS devotees.
    thanks a lot.

    feb 2,2010

  2. Thanks a lot.... for posting the meaning of harivarasanam..


  3. It is absolutely correct. Many people don't know
    meaning of harivarasanam and they sung the song with complete mistakes in front of Ayyappa. People still believe Harivarasanam is the song for sleeping Ayyappa only.

    Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa

  4. Respected Sir,
    Namasthes in milions. First time I came along your blog and understood each and everything about this Harivarasanam.
    Really, I was also thinking in the same way that it was composed by Yesudoss since only he had been singing this every time he came to sannidhanam. And also I thought this is for the Swamy's palliyarai paau as it is being sung at the closing time only.
    You are doing a great work and wish you healthy and a good span of life to enable us to understand true meaning of so many of this spiritual world.
    anbudan K.Varadarajan,

  5. I hope to see many more unfolding of truth hiden in various utterences of LORD flows out of yourself with such a clarity for the consumption,digestion,and salvation of humanity.

  6. Divine mind locked for meaning for long time is truly opened by your clear meanings of Harvarasanam .Thanks. may lord Ayyappa bless you .

  7. Thank you so much for a succinct yet clear understanding of the meaning of this eternally divine song that touches the soul deep in the hearts of devotees. Swamiye Sharanam Ayyappa

  8. Dear sir,
    it is indeed a pleasure to know the meaning of this great devotional song of which many are not aware. Everybody, I mean majority feels this is sung to make the lord sleep, but you have clarified the correct meaning.Now when we recite this we will bein a better position to understand this. May The Lord Ayyappa bless us all.

  9. thank you for valuable things about shastha with clear meanings thanks for posting everythinh keep posting the facts about shastha

    Srinivas Talluri

  10. Quite accidentally I visited this site and I got the answer for a question which I was searching for a long time, ie the author and the meaning of "Harivarasanam". It has got really a mesmeric power especially through the divine voice of Yesudas. Thanks and regards,

  11. How sweet Ayyappa is...thanks so much! :-)

  12. Swami Sharanam:) thanks a lot for posting the meaning

  13. Swami Sharanam, Thanks for the wonderful post :)

  14. It is an eye opener. Your efforts are praiseworthy.I wish the meaning is understood by many stanch devotees who believe thatb this song can not be sung on other occasions except when Lord retires!!! to sleep ( As Sastha Aravind has observed,who are we to retire HIM to sleep.

  15. Swamy Sharanam.

    Thank you so much for sharing the true knowledge, which was hidden for years.

    Seems every sentence has deeper meaning

    Swamy Sharanam