Sojugada Sooju Mallige | Ananya Bhat

This is a folk song on the Mahadeshwara of Male Mahadeshwara hills (MM Hills). This is a Shiva temple in the Western ghats near Mysore, Karnataka. I”ll try to explain the meaning of this song. I am putting it very loosely. Although I don’t think I can do justice to this beautiful song. You must really learn Kannada to get the feel of it. But I’ll try.

Maadeva..Maadeva
Maadeva..Maadeva
Maadeva..Maadeva
Maadeva..Maadevaaaaaaa
Sojugada soojumallige
Maadeva nimma manDe myale dunDu mallige
Sojugada soojumallige
Maadeva nimma manDe myale dunDu mallige
Andaavare mundaavare
matte taavare Pushpa
Chandakki maale bilpatre,Maadeva nimge
Chandakki maale bilpatre tulasi daLava
Maadappa poojege bandu,Maadeva nimma
Sojugada soojumallige
Maadeva nimma manDe myale dunDu mallige
TappaLe beLagyuvni,tuppava kaaysyuvni
KitaaLe haNNa tandyuvni,Maadeva nimge
KittaLe haNNa tandyuvni Madappa
Kittadi baruva parasege,Maadeva nimma
Sojugada soojumallige
Maadeva nimma manDe myale dunDu mallige

Bet hatkonD hogorge hatti hambalavyaaka
Bettadmaadeva gati endu
Maadeva neeveeeeeeee..
Maadeva neeve…….
Maadeva neeve…….
Bet hatkonD hogorge hatti hambalavyaaka
Bettadmaadeva gati yendu,Maadeva neeve
Bettadmaadeva gati yendu avarinnu
Hatti hambalava maretaaro,Maadeva nimma
Sojugada soojumallige
Maadeva nimma manDe myale dunDu mallige
Sojugada soojumallige
Maadeva nimma manDe myale dunDu mallige
Maadeva nimma manDe myale dunDu mallige
Maadeva nimma manDe myale dunDu mallige

Explanation:

Sooji Mallige is a type of Jasmine flower. ‘Sooji’ means a safety pin, this type of Jasmine is sharp like the safety pin. Dundu Mallige is another type of Jasmine. ‘Dundu’ means round, this type of Jasmine is round. In the first paragraph, the singer is saying, “I offer Happy flowers on your head, Mahadeva. Happy flowers on your head”

She’s saying she’s brought Lotus flower, a tightly knit flower garland maale, Vilva leaf, Tulsi leaf as an offering for him for the pooja.

She says, “I’ve washed the vessel clean, have made clarified butter, have brought Oranges, have brought Oranges for you after bargaining hard for a seru(it’s a measure of quantity, like KG)
Those who are climbing the mountains to have your Darshan, they have forgotten their dreams, their homes, completely surrendering to you.

The context I see is this is a folk song, so many hundreds of years ago, this woman has made clarified butter to offer, you can imagine how difficult it would have been in those days to distill clarified butter starting from Milk. Also to wash a vessel clean, fit enough to offer something in it to her beloved Mahadeshwara, these ppl have forgotten their dreams and homes aspiring to have darshan of Male Mahadeshwara and have ventured into the thick forests of Western Ghats. Risking them becoming food for the wild. Completely surrendering to him.

Author: Shashi Kumar Aansoo

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