Mallige Hoovagi – Kannada Folk Song Meaning and Lyrics

Background: In this song, the simple God loving person, sings praises of Lord Madappa ( Shiva ) and says that he/she will always be a devotee.

Mallige hoovaagi

Chellitu nimparisi

Chellatagaara madappa

Oh ho..chellatagara Madappa

// Madappa plays with the jasmine flowers, which scatter beautifully for Madappa //

Madappa Baruvaaga Maalella Gammendu

Maaladali Garike CHiguryavo

Maaladali Garike CHiguryavo

Maadayya Moodanavi maleya sridaavo

Moodanavi maleya sridaavo

// When Madappa arrives, the surroundings emit fragrance. Garike grass spring up everywhere. In the east, rainfall occurs.//

Gandu gallina mele

Ganduliya Kulirisi

Gondeya kondi bigimaadi

mAdayya Gandliya meleri Meredano

// On a sturdy stone , he makes the tiger sit. Madappa sits on the tiger and tightens its reins. He reigns supreme. This stanza describes the strength of Lord Madappa//

Hottu Mulugidarenu

Kattaladarenu Appa ninna gudige Baruenu

Muttina baagila teredidu

Swami Muttina baagila teredidu

// Even though its dusk , I will come to your temple , O Lord, please keep your temple doors adorned with gems open.//