(The Tamil Saiva tradition nourished by the 63 great Tamil saints (called Nayanmars) ,is perhaps one of the greatest in India as apart from having a torrential overflow of Bhakthi, it also had a very strong philosophical tradition called Saiva Sidhanta. The moving outpouring of the three most prominent SAivite saints is called Tevaram. Here is a very divine and moving prayers to be chanted by us from the time we wake up to the time we sleep
1. Chant this prayer as soon as one gets up.
Potthi yen vaazh mudal aagiya porule, Pularndathu poongazharkku inai thunai malar kondu, Yetthi nin thirumugathu yemakkarul malarum, Ezhil nagai kondu nin thiruvadi thozhuthom, Chethidazh kamalangal malarum than vayal choozh, Thiruperumthurai urai Shiva perumaane, Yethuyar kodiyudayai , yenai udayay, Yem perman palli ezhundarulaaye.
Salutations to you , who is the first meaning of my life,
The new day has broken and please grant me your smile ,
As a sign of your grace , when I salute and offer flowers at your holy feet,
Oh God presiding over Thiruperumthurai,
Which is surrounded ponds, full of open lotus flowers,
And where your flag of the bulls flies very high,
For my sake Oh God be pleased to wake up.
2. Prayer to be chanted before Breakfast
Unakku pani cheya, undanai yennalum , Ninaikka varam yenakku nee thaa, Manakkavalai neekukindra then Madurai nirmalane, Yevvulugum aakukindra Chokkanatha
You please give me a boon to daily think about you,
And also serve you daily , Oh Chokkanatha ,
Who is the pure one of southern Madurai ,
Who removes all my worries and who is the one who creates all the worlds.
3. Prayer to be chanted before Lunch
Puzhuvai pirakkinum punniyaa , un adi, Yen manathe vazhuvadhu irukka varam vendum, Yivaiyakathe thozhuvarkku irangi irundhu arul chei, Padiri Puliyur chezhu neer punar gangai, Chenjadai mel vaitha theevannane.
Oh holy one, even if I take birth as a worm,
Please give me a boon , that your divine feet ,
Should always be in my mind without slipping away,
Oh lord with the colour of fire, who showers his mercy ,
On those who salute him and who keeps in Thirupadiripuliyur,
The flowing waters of the ganges on his red head.
4. Prayers to be chanted in the evening
Idarinum thalarinum yen thuru noi , Thodarinum un kazhal thozhuthezhuven, Kadal thanil amudhodu kalantha nanjai, Midarinil adakkiya Vediyane, Ithuvo yemai aalumaru , eevathondru yemakku illayel, Adhuvo unathu innarul , AAvadu thurai arane.
Even if I get tired or fall down or my sickness continues,
I would salute your feet and then only get up,
On Lord worshipped by Vedas , who kept the poison mixed with nectar in his neck,
Was it some thing that gave us to rule over us ,
Or otherwise is it your sweet grace , Oh king of Thiruvadu Thurai.
5. Prayer to be chanted before Dinner
Kuraivila niraive , Guna kundre , Koothane , Kuzhai kathu udayane, Uravilen , unai andri mathru adiyen, Oru pizhai poruthaal yizhuvunde, Chirai vandar pozhil choozh thiruvarur , Chembone, Thiruvavaduthurayul , Aravane enai anchalendrai, Aar yenakku uravu Amararkal yere.
Oh God who is complete without any defects, Oh mountain of good qualities,
Oh king of dances who wears ear globes in his ears,
I do not have any relations and except to you I do not bow to others,
Would it bring you bad name if you pardon one mistake,
Oh Red gold of THiruvarur whose gardens are full of teeming honey bees,
Oh Personification of Dharma who is in Thiruvavaduthurai,
You told me not to get afraid ,
Who would except you be my relation, Oh king of devas.
6. Prayer to be chanted before retiring to bed.
Van mukil vazhathu peiga, Malai valam churakka, Mannan kon murai arasu Cheiga, Kuraivilathu uyirgal vaazhga, Naan marai arangal onga, Natthava velvi malga, Menmai kol saiva Neethi vilanguka ulagam yellam.
Let the cloud in the sky cause rainfall,
Let the fertility from the mountains flow out ,
Let the king rule according to the proper rules,
Let all beings live without any wants,
Let the dharmas of the four Vedas increase,
Let the Yajnas done with true penance flourish,
Let the justice of the great Saiva tradition shine all over the world.