This keerthana describes the upachaarams(nothing but seva).These upacharams are of 16 types.They are Avaahanam,Aasanam,Paadyam,Aargyam,Aachamanam,Snaanam,Vasthralankaram, Upaveetham,Gandham,Pushpakshathani,Dhupam,Deepam,Naivedyam,ThAmboolam Neerajanam,Pradakshina namaskaaram (mantra puShpam). Here in this songs Annamacharya describes all these upachaarams.
Shodasa Kalanidhiki: Kalanidhi is a honour given given for the people who masters a art. here shodasa kalanidhi means the one who mastered all the sixteen arts.
Shodasopacharamulu: Avaahanam,aasanam,paadyam,aargyam e.t.c
jaada thoda: keep track of
samarpayami: I will perform
[bold]Meaning: To the one who excelled in all the 16 arts, I will peform these shodasopacharas daily in proper order.
Alaru Viswathmukunaku Aavahanamidhe: Alaru: to please Viswa+Athmunaku: one who is present every where in the universe Avahanam:Requesting God to come with in us
The god who pleases all our wishes and who is omnipresent, i am doin Aavahanam
sarva nilayuna kaasanamu nemminidhe: sarva nilayunaku is once again omnipresent aasanamu nemminidhe: i am offering aasanam(the place where one sits..like lotus is the aasana for goddess saraswathi)
I am offering Aasanam to the all pervading god.
ala ganga janakunakargya paadhyachamanalu: ganga janakunaku: Janaka means father.Our puranas say that River Ganga is born at the foot of sri Hari.So we consider Sri Hari as the father of ganga. Argyam:water used for washing hands.It is washing out the past karmas (deeds), and reaching the state of purna Ananda paadyam : This is to wash the dirt on the feet of the deity Achamanam: Sipping a little water, in the prescribed manner, for self-purification, remembering the Supreme All-pervading Reality.
I am offering argyam,paadhyam and achamanam to the Srimannarayana(Ganga's father)
jaladhi saayikini majjanamidhe Jaladhi Saayi: the once who is resting on the Paala Samudhram Majjanamidhe: Again sprinkling water over oneself with the Mantras praying for welfare here in the world and highest spiritual attainment hereafter.
So Annamacharya says he is offering Marjanam to the God.
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