Dance Duel and its divine origins – Story of Goddess in Tamil Nadu


If you have seen Tamil movies surely you would have seen of an arrogant heroine challenged by hero to a dance duel. Hero wins it either fairly or by hook and crook. Heroine arrogance is subdued and she become a fit subordinate women from an independent arrogant one. These themes have origins in many Tamil religious traditions. These are storied of Goddess who lose their independent self to become subordinate Goddess to the Male deity. This is post to throw light on Goddess who lost their space to male counter part and story of local deities losing space to deities of organized religion. #karkanirka

Give my bangles – Nachiyar Thirumozhi 8.5


Fifth of the ten poems from Nachiyar Thirumozhi – Vin Neela Mellappu (sky blue cloth). Love theme of Sangam transformed into love between a human soul and the divine.  Here Andal sends the could as her messenger to Mal of Vengadam (Thirupathi). வான்கொண்டு கிளர்ந்தெழுந்த மாமுகில்காள் வேங்கடத்துத் தேன்கொண்ட மலர்ச்சிதறத் திரண்டேறிப் பொழிவீர்காள் ஊன்கொண்ட வள்ளுகிரால் இரணியனை யுடலிடந்தான் தான்கொண்ட... Continue Reading →

All left me with ease – Nachiyar Thirumozhi 8.3


Third of the ten poems from Nachiyar Thirumozhi – Vin Neela Mellappu (sky blue cloth). Love theme of Sangam transformed into love between a human soul and the divine.  Here Andal sends the could as her messenger to Mal of Vengadam (Thirupathi). ஒளிவண்ணம் வளைசிந்தை உறக்கத்தோ டிவையெல்லாம் எளிமையா லிட்டென்னை ஈடழியப் போயினவால் குளிரருவி வேங்கடத்தென் கோவிந்தன் குணம்பாடி அளியத்த... Continue Reading →

It is my stupidity – Ainkurunooru 269


This poem is the ninth poem of series of 10 poems from Ainkurunooru with reference to wild boar. These poems  by Kapilar speak of love and separation. ஐங்குறுநூறு 269, கபிலர், குறிஞ்சித் திணை – தோழி தலைவியிடம் சொன்னது, சிறைப்புறத்தானாக இருந்த தலைவன் கேட்கும்படி கேழல் உழுதெனக் கிளர்ந்த எருவை, விளைந்த செறுவில் தோன்றும் நாடன், வாராது அவண் உறை நீடின், நேர் வளை இணை ஈர் ஓதி நீ அழத், துணை நனி... Continue Reading →

Question of Desperation – Kurunthokai 156


Brahmins were respected for their negotiation skill during Sangam age and were valued as messengers.  There is a puram poem where a Brahmin stopped war just thorugh his negotiation. He our hero who is full of love asks Brahmin messenger a crazy question. After all love makes a person crazy.

Earliest reference of Krishna stealing clothes of Gopikas – Akam 59


Reading Sangam literature can always throw you some pleasant surprises. This is one of such surprise. Krishna stealing Gopika's dress while they were bathing in Yamuna, is absent in any of Sanskrit litertaure before 5th century and the earliest available literature for the theme is available only in Sangam literature. Below lines for Agananooru are the earliest available lines on this motif.

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