Chennaiite translates Nammazhvar’s ‘Thiruvaimozhi’ to Hindi

By G Srinivasan Published on Jul 28, 2018 04:44 PM IST

Chennai: In an achievement that has brought pride to the city, scholar RM Srinivasan, a long time resident of South KR Koil Street, at T Nagar has succeeded in translating Nammazhvar’s ‘Thiruvaimozhi’ to Hindi.

The book that was released recently by Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama secretary Swami Padmasthananda, has garnered praise from all quarters.

Speaking to News Today about his efforts, Srinivasan says,”I have written and translated several books on Sri Ramanujar, Krishna Bhakti Kavvya, but this one is special to me. I feel blessed to have taken up Thiruvaimozhi containing over 1,000 pasurams of Nammazhar, which forms a part of Nalayira Divya Prabhandam. The book till date was read only by those who knew Tamil, but now my translated version will be useful to people across the country.”

Stating that it took him over four years to complete and release the work, he says, “The day Mambalam faced flash floods was when I had given my half-finished hand written manuscript for xerox, at a shop near Madley Road subway. I would say that it is a miracle that the entire shop was flooded with rain water, but my manuscript was untouched inside a cupboard kept there.”

About the response, he notes, “I have already started sending the publication to various universities and libraries across the country for the benefit of students to understand the greatness of Nammazhvar and Thiruvaimozhi. The book will serve as a tool for academicians to teach lessons on Vaishnavism at institutions.”

How was the support from his family?

“All these four years, my wife was a constant source of encouragement and helped me on various counts to finish the translation. My son, daughter and their families stood with me all along the journey and they deserve a special thanks,” he says.

On his future plans, he states,”I am currently working on writing books on saint Thirumazhisai Azhvar and the experiences of devotees with Kanchi Mahaperiyava in Hindi.”

R M Srinivasan can be reached at 91760 92616.