Somanathan Iyer


A prayer to Lord Siva


At the stroke of midnight witnessed the Universe
The Supreme God Siva in the form of phallic symbol
Denoting that He is the creator of everything
Visible or invisible moving or static living or life giving

On this day Called Sivarathri or the night of Lord Siva
All the Gods and Demons of fourteen worlds prostrate before him
Seeking his support and protection in guarding their subjects
Denoting that He is the protector of this Universe and beyond

He is the creator of genders both male and female
Showing the way of according equal status to fair sex
Allowed half of his body abode of his consort Mother Durga
Denoting that He is cause for reproduction process

The day other Gods express things out of control
Explodes a terrible dance called Tandava from him
Merging all the Gods and pious souls with Him
Opens up his third eye the symbol for Deluge

Raging like a volcano rising like a tsunami
Swaying like a hurricane shaking like an earth quake
Gales fire floods and fury all erupt at a time
Nothing will remain except vast sheet of waters

I salute thee and bow down again and again
You are the Creator You are the Savior
Let wisdom prevail on our human race
In keeping this world peaceful and harmonious

Submitted: Sunday, March 10, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

On this auspicious occasion of Sivarathri, the emergence of Siva in Lingakara, I take pride in presenting this poem.

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  • Freshman - 2,395 Points Mohabeer Beeharry (8/28/2013 1:12:00 PM)

    It looks like a lot of effort and frustration went into this poem.
    The final prayer gave me some relief.
    I like it very much.
    I am a devotee of Lord Shiva. Just reading about Him makes me happy

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  • Rookie - 10 Points Ravi A (6/27/2013 11:40:00 PM)

    The last couple of lines really throw light into the poem. Good. (Report) Reply

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