Raathinkal Poothaali

(Translation on request for A5)
Anjali and her fiance Gopi, try to find grooms for her elder sisters before they can get married. All the alliances brought to the eldest sister Ashwathy falls through because she is a mute. Gopi’s friend confides in him that he has always liked Ashwathy, but was hesitant to ask for her hand as he comes from a financially strained situation. Ashwathy is happy to be married to him as she finds complete acceptance despite of her condition. The song from the movie Ee Puzhayum Kadannu, is about how he appreciates her beauty and her presence in his home.

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Rathinkal poothaali chaarthi
kannil nakshathra nira deepam neetti
[Wearing a moon like thaali* pendant
with your eyes lit like stars]
Rathinkal poothaali chaarthi
kannil nakshathra nira deepam neetti
[Wearing a moon like thaali* pendant
with your eyes lit like stars]
Naalilla** kolaayil, pooveli pulppayil, navami nilave nee virinju
Nenjil naru japa theertham aayi nee niranju
[On the veranda, on top of the grass sleeping mat, hey moon of Navami, you blossomed
In my heart, like pure holy water, you filled]

Rathinkal poothaali chaarthi
kannil nakshathra nira deepam neetti
[Wearing a moon like thaali* pendant
with your eyes lit like stars]

Pazhirul veezhumee naalu kettil**,
ninte paadhangal thottappol paurnami aayi
[In this house where useless darkness fall
when your feet touched, it became a full moon night]
Pazhirul veezhumee naalu kettil**,
ninte paadhangal thottappol paurnami aayi
[In this house where useless darkness fall
when your feet touched, it became a full moon night]
Novukal marala moodum manassinte
Novukal marala moodum manassinte machile shreedevi aayi
[In my heart which is webbed with pain
In the attic of my heart which is webbed with pain, you became the Goddess]
Mankala paalayil malarkkudam aayi
Maninaaga kaavile mannvilakku aayi
[In the paala tree, you became the bunch of flowers
and the beautiful lit lamp in the sacred grove of snakes]

Rathinkal poothaali chaarthi
kannil nakshathra nira deepam neetti
[Wearing a moon like thaali* pendant
with your eyes lit like stars]

Kaavadi aadum ee kann thadavum,
ninte kasthuri chorum ee kavilininayum
[These dancing eyelids
and your (glowing) cheeks which are seeping kasthuri***]
Kaavadi aadum ee kann thadavum,
ninte kasthuri chorum ee kavilininayum
[These dancing eyelids
and your (glowling) cheeks which are seeping kasthuri***]
Maarile maaleya madhuchandranum
Maarile maaleya madhuchandranum ninne mattoru sree lakshmi aakki
[The sandalwood moon on your chest
The sandalwood moon on your chest made you another Goddess Lakshmi (in our home)]
Thamara pooviral nee thodumbol,
tharalamen swapnavum thani thankam aayi
[When you touch with those (soft) lotus (petal like) fingers
even my tremulous dreams became pure gold]

Rathinkal poothaali chaarthi
kannil nakshathra nira deepam neetti
[Wearing a moon like thaali* pendant
with your eyes lit like stars]
Naalilla** kolaayil, pooveli pulppayil, navami nilave nee virinju
Nenjil naru japa theertham aayi nee niranju
[On the veranda, on top of the grass sleeping mat, hey moon of Navami, you blossomed
In my heart, like pure holy water, you filled]

* Thaali is a gold pendant which signifies marriage in Kerala.
** Naalillam/Naalukettu is a traditional quadrilateral housing architecture where 4 sections of the house meet in corners with an open central courtyard. Usually owned by affluent upper caste Hindus in the past; nowadays people build in that model to get the traditional look despite of what religion they are. (Wiki Link)

***Kasthuri manjal – is a type of medicinal root which resembles the turmeric and its paste is used for creating face masks. It is believed to give a glow to your face. It is part of the Ayurvedic skincare routine.

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