The Divine Athira Dance, the
traditional Dance of Kerala, is coming up in
all parts of the world, with Mega Thiruvathiras taking place everywhere.
It consists of 4 Steps, Introductory Verse ( Dhaynam ), Main Song ( Padam ),
lore Kummi and the Concluding Verse ( Mangalam ). The verses are in
Sanskritised Malayalam and the dancers dance in circular, pirouetting steps.
Unni Ganapathi Thamburanum
Vinnil Piranna Bhagavatiyum
Mangalya Athira Pooja
Njangale ennum Thunachidenam
We call upon Infant Ganesh and the Lord
And Mother Divine born in
To perform this auspicious Pooja
Bless us always !
When Purusha mated with Prakriti
Lord Ganesh was born !
The Lord became the male elephant
And She the female
When they revelled in ecstasy
Mother Divine became pregnant !
She gave birth to a brilliant Boy,
With tusks and a pot belly !