This song was transmitted through oral tradition and when it was sung at the Tripurasundari puja in the 1950’s by Veenai Neela mami, Kanchi Mahaswamigal called her later and corrected the lyrics as it had many mistakes. His Holiness also said that this was a song composed by one of the women devotees of the Kanchi mutt spontaneously while she saw the entourage of the 65th Acharya crossing the Godavari River. Ever since the song has been sung at the mutt and it can also be used in marriages during oonjal. Odam is a symbolic representation of crossing the ocean of samsara.
Sri & Smt. Ramesh, Prof. IIT, Chennai had the fortune of singing the song recently in Kovuru, when Sri Periyava had His Snananushtanam in bank of Rainer Gothavari on 4th March, 2023, on the day of 5th Varshika Aradhana, of PujyaSri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal.
"Essentially history repeated after 150 years at Kovvuru - the banks of Rajamahendrapuram"
On the advice of His Holiness Sankara Vijayendra Sarasvati Swamigal, this is printed for circulation so that more devotees can learn and sing towards the end of Sri Chandramouleeswara puja when you visit the mutt/camp.