My experiences: Sixteen wealths

My experiences

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Sixteen wealths

Am roughly with my bad english transilating "pathinaru selvangal" as "16 wealths" .. in Tamilnadu when any person is blessing, he/she would bless saying "pathinarum petru peru vazvu vazga" . roughly translating to "live a great life with possession of all 16 wealths" !

Abirami Thudhi
16 Selvangal

I had long time wondered what are those 16 types of wealth. Asked few old people, but what they said was "yellarum solluvanga appadiye nangalum sollaroam" .. "ie., everyone is saying like that so we too do the same..(but dont know what)"
We went on a Temple tour and at Tirunallur, there is a Appar Kovil, where these 16 types are wealth are described as a poem, and reciting it as a Mantra will bless us with those wealth. The poem is sung by Appar, one of the great poets of Tamil and is dedicated for Abirami.
I just snapped it. Its really worth knowing the wealth, since we think money and assets are the only wealth, our ancesstors are very brilliant that they know money is not the only wealth, but its one of the wealth among the 16 types. Perhaps we forgot and forget it !
Just translating it -
1. Education
2. Age
3. Friendship
4. Prosperity
5. Youth
6. Physique
7. Mind
8. Wife
9. Patience / Perseverance


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    By Blogger tpraja, at 8:04 AM  

  • Hi there, many thanks for posting such a wonderful and resourceful material in your blog....I was searching for this 16 selvangal's real meaning and this piece of information really helped me. Once again thanks a million...and keep posting this type of useful articles...! God bless :)


    By Blogger VIGNESH, at 11:34 PM  

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    By Blogger Diana, at 10:40 PM  

  • Incredible I think its important we keep our traditions alive and also understand our culture and the meanings associated with it.

    Thanks for shedding light coz I've too always wanted to know what this saying meant

    By Blogger Diana, at 10:43 PM  

  • 9th one is not patience, it is the 'gift of having children' which is called "Santhaanam".

    By Blogger Jai, at 11:12 AM  

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