Aandavan Pichai


Smt Saraswathi Thyagarajan mami is another Periyava devotee whose interview will be done and posted here very soon . She recently mentioned about another great lady – “Aandavan Pichai” (God’s alms).

Andavan Pichai is another contemporary woman composer who composed in Telugu, Tamil and Sanskrit. It is said that her vision of Lord Muruga was the impetus behind her compositions. One of the well known songs for all us “Ullam Urugudhayaa” was composed by you but got lot popular after TMS sang that song. She is also an ambal upasaki. She has composed a Tamil version of Soundarya Lahari. It is believed that she composed a poem on ambal while she was delivering her child!

It seems that this great soul has been born with a special devotion and a blessing from divinity from childhood. Once when Mahaperiyava was visiting her place, everyone in her street were standing outside with poorna kumbam etc. Her parents were also one among them. When Periyava approached and told her father, “Go and call the girl who is washing the dishes inside”…”She is not an ordinary girl…She is Aandavan Pichai”. After she came out Periyava accepted the poorna kumbam and blessed her. This incident was narrated by one of the people who were there at that time…(I dont have a proof for this!). In her last days, she went to rishikesh and attained siddhi.

Sharing one of her works – Devi Manasa Puja (Tamil) and a video…

So many great souls – so connected with Periyava….

Jaya Jaya Shankara Hara Hara Shankara!




Categories: Bookshelf, Devotee Experiences

23 replies

  1. I wonder how this incident could have happened in terms of chronology. This devotee Andavan Pichai was born in 1899 and Mahaperiyava ascended the Peetam in 1908 when she was about 9 years old.
    Did this incident happen when Periyava was about 13-14 years old ? She was married off at 9 years though she remained in her father’s house for few years after that.

  2. Can I get contact number of Meera prakash

  3. Dear Mr Rajan,
    Greetings. Most divine composition of Andavan Pichai is -Thanthai Thai irundhal Umakku indha nilai…” sung on Lord Shiva has no parallel both in its divine meaning and lyrical richness. Ms N.C.Vasnthagokilam was my mother’s favourite singer and she could hardly get opportunity to hear in her life time, though she used to mention this frequently when I was 10 years old. I am sixty six now and I had searched hard to get her renderings from You Tube and this composition by Ms Andavan Pichai which I located recently among the available songs by NCV is just unmatched.
    I am also having two boys who lost both their parents and as a single father I had legally adopted them. When I hear this song I just get lost but there is hope that even Lord also has no parents.
    The simplicity of lyrics and the language used is just beyond description of words. No wonder Mahaperiyava blessed this great person.
    My request is that we need to spread the singing of these compositions at as many private and public settings as possible. She had done a wide variety and thanks for the readers for posting it on You Tube to create awareness.
    V.Ramachandran 9444066195 (Sitham pokku Sivan pokku)

  4. Is this Sri Andavan Pichai the same as the one who wrote the immortal song “than Thai Thai irundal”,made famous by Smt N.C.Vasanthakokilam?


  6. Thank you for your effort in bringing out the Book and Songs about Sri Andavan Pichai Amma.
    Is there an English Version also available. It would be of great assistance to those who are not proficient in Tamil.

    Om Namo Bhagawathe Sri Ramanaya

  7. Thank you all for your comments about my grandmother Sri Andavan Pichai, I have just released her book Andavan Pichai Arut Padalgal and Arul Vaku (It is three parts: Biography, arul vaku, Atmanubhavam and songs )along with a set of four MP3s containing over 250 songs. This is available at Karnatic music center, Royapettah, Chennai and Sukra Music store in Luz (near tank).

  8. Pujya Mathaji Andav pichy Ammas Devi Manasa puja is the big treasure.I was very fortunate enough for this sthothram was personaly taught by Matha to me .Daily I am chanting this.There are 106 or 108 potry’s are there .Only few of them mentioned here.If no objection I like to post full Manasa puja in this blog.

  9. Devi manadapujais not fully in this book.I am fortunate enough to take a writing copy from Mathamma(we used call Andavan pichai amma like)when she was alive.She is our distant relation.IfAny body have her Devi Pancharathnam keertans?That was fentastic I forgot that and I don’t have lyrics.But this Devi manadapuja is my daily parayanam.At this age of seventy still I am telling daily
    anam .

  10. Great Work Many Devotees in Bringing her Voice. She attained Samadhi Near CHengalpet accroding to Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamigal whose ashram is near Padapai

  11. Namaskarams. Amma avarhalai patri kelvi pattirukkiraen. Devi Manasa Pooja mihavum simple tamil la ullathu. Padikkumpodhae anandhamaha irukkirathu. Avarhalain kuralil ella slohangalumae romba arputhamaha irukkirathu.

    Jaya Jaya Sankara ! Hara Hara Sankara !

  12. Many thanks for posting the video on Kanda Sashti Kavacham by Andavan Pichai Amma and Her Devi Manasa Pooja. Smt. Saraswathi Thygarajan deserves our grateful thanks.
    Smt. Meera Prkash is the maternal grand daughter of Andavan Pichai Amma. Her mother Smt. Kamakshi Kuppuswamy is the daughter of Andavan Pichai Amma. Smt. Meera Prakash has posted in the You Tube some songs of Amma, “Kapaliishvaram Bhaje” is in Her own Voice! Very great work indeed. The descendents are planning to bring out all Her songs in book and CD form soon. I request early release of these which will be a boon to Devotees. Probably Smt. Meera Prakash is in US. I do not know their address or other contact number. P.D. Pani and Sons, Triplicane, Chennai published Her books of Songs of great profoundness, simplicity and steeped in Devotion. Unfortunately these books are no longer available and the Publisher also seems to have closed down publishing. A few more links to Mataji’s Songs on You Tube:

    Kapaleeshvaram Bajeham(Sung by Amma Herself! Fortunate to hear Her Divine Voice!)

    Kapaleesvaram Bhajeham

    Kapalishwaram Bhajeham Kalpakambika Prana Natham

    Kripakaram Gangadharam Haram
    Apaara Mahimatbhutha vigraham

    Jatamakuta dharam sundaram Chandra kaladharam Neelakantharam
    Lalaata netram roudram Rati Manohara prana haranam
    Mridani vamanga dharam shubhakaram
    Mridula komala karam shuladharam
    Kattora garjana vyaghra sharmambharam
    Kailasa chala vaasa priya karam

    Mangala Vinayakam

    Maname Inimel – Murugan Song

    Om Namo Narayana

  13. I am fortunate to have ‘darshan’ of Andavan Pichai Amma twice when I was a young girl,while learning Thirupugazh and Thevaram at Kalikambal Temple,Chennai. First at this temple and other at Vaishnavi Temple,Ambattur. Amma is a great Soul. She composed many songs on Kamashi,Meenashi,Saradambika,Nadarajar and Panchadasi keerthanaikal. Since I was young,I dont know much details. If anyone got the Kamakshi keerthanaikal please post it.

  14. i too heard about smt aandavan pichai thanks for sharing her photo.

  15. Thanks for sharing photo of Smt Aandavan Pichai. I was searching for a long time.

  16. More information regarding  Andavan Pitchai can be obtained from the book The Gift of God or Andavan Pichhai by Smt and Dr Krishna Rao.; One can read the summarised information here http://sri-ramana-maharshi.blogspot.in/2008/06/andavan-pichhai_09.html

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  17. More information regarding  Andavan Pitchai can be obtained from the book The Gift of God or Andavan Pichhai by Smt and Dr Krishna Rao.; One can read the summarised information here http://sri-ramana-maharshi.blogspot.in/2008/06/andavan-pichhai_09.html

    SSR  ॐ ईशा वास्यमिदँ सर्वं यत्किञ्च जगत्यां जगत्”All this- whatever exists in this changing universe, is pervaded by God”                                                      -Isa Upanishad

    • Meera Prakash: I would like to know if notations for the compositions of Andavan Picci are available for purchase. I heard that one book titles Stotramala Kirtanangal has notations but I am unable to locate a copy. Please contact me here: luzchurch@gmail.com Thanks.

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