5 The Steed of Vata, Vayu's friend, the Muni, by the Gods impelled,In both the oceans hath his home, in eastern and in western sea.6 Treading the path of sylvan beasts, Gandharvas, and Apsarases,He with long locks, who knows the wish, is a sweet most delightful friend7 Vayu hath churned for him: for him he poundeth things most hard tobend,When he with long loose locks hath drunk, with Rudra, water from thecup.
Reference in Mariamman Thalattu
Mariamman Thalattu is a lullaby dedicated to Goddess Mariamman. Thereare some references to various deities in this lullaby. The following arethe reference made to Vaal Muni and Sem Muni.
Vaal muniyum Sem muniyum vandu koluvirundar,
Kathan karuppanodu kattazhagar veethu irundar,
Thotiyathu chinnanum, durai magamum thaan irundhar,
The Vaal muni and Sem muni came and sat with her,The Kattazhagar (handsome one) sat along with Kathan and Karuppan,The Chinnan of Thottiyam and Duraimagan (Son of the Landlord) sat withher,
Meaning of Muniandi
The word Muniandi is a combination of two words, Muni and Andi. Theword Andi could be defined in two ways. One referring to
slave of God
ruling (as in ruler).
The second explanation could be derivedfrom the word Aandavar which literally means
he who rules
. The reasonfor this explanation is the word Andi being used for other Gods in theTamil Hindu pantheon.Please refer to the following examples:
Brahma - Virumandi
Vishnu - Mayandi
Siva - Peyandi
Murugan - MalayandiAs such, the word Muniandi could refer to
a slave Muni
he who rules inthe form of Muni
. Munis like Vaal Muni are also known as Vaal MuniAndavar and Vaal Muniswaran.