Uni5 Thiruvilaiyadal Puranam - 2. South Pandya Tamils

Uni5 Thiruvilaiyadal Puranam – 64 plays of Shiva in Madurai

Chapter 2 – South Pandya Tamils

Long ago, a group of fishermen in the southern tip of India identified a region and settled there with their family and brethern.

They worshipped Goddess Sakthi as their deity and believed that they were descendants of the moon. They must have strived to guide their waxing and waning emotions towards greater spiritual consciousness.

Pandya dynasty is among the oldest dynasties to have realised that Sakthi and the power behind it, Sivam, are the Ultimate Truth. One can say that their name Pandya is derived from the word Pandeya, which means ancient people.

One can say that because they belong to a clan that understood the Ultimate and Ancient Truth they are called Pandyas.

They called their land Kumari Naadu – the land of the virgin. We can see that in the Indian tradition, there existed a tradition of worshipping the Sakthi as a virgin. They saw everything in this world as a manifestation of Sakthi and named land, hills, rivers as Kumari. Kumari hill range, Kumari stream – everything was called thus.

Fish cannot live without water. The Pandyas, realising that Divine which is like the water is essential for life on earth, selected fish as their symbol. They bedecked themselves with neem leaves which they considered a manifestation of Sakthi. Their rule began in a region to the south of Kanyakumari. Researchers call this place Lemuria.

Tamil Language is Mother Divine!

Language is the Power of expressing what is in our mind. Without language there could have been no development possible for human beings. The Pandyas who understood this revered Tamil as their mother. Through that language, learned poets’ deep thoughts that would help people live an enlightened life for the greater good of the society were published. Editorial boards were established to identify evolved thoughts and present them aesthetically so that they may increase spiritual awareness amongst the people.

Grammar is that which defined the pattern and template for presenting these thoughts as literature. With the help of sages like Agastya, the first among the Saptharishis, and Tholkappiyar, the Pandyas established Tamil Sangams in their cities.

We must understand the deeper meaning when it is said that Lord Siva and Muruga participated in these discussions. Sivan is the deeper realisation within us. Muruga stands for complete Knowledge.  Spiritually enlightened Tamil writers wrote many texts that combined knowledge and realisation to guide the common man.

Pandya kings and the affluent were themselves learned poets and sang many songs. If it is for social good, does it matter who says it?

Pandya’s two capital cities, South Madurai and Kapatapuram, were destroyed by tsunami. Many died and much wealth was lost. Many Sangams were also destroyed. Much of the literature was washed away and only a list of titles remains with us.

When the tsunami hit Pandya kingdom a second time, Kulasekara was the king at the time. With a heavy heart the king and his people moved inland, very far away from the sea.

He installed the clan’s deity Sakthi in the form of Kumari in the southern sea as he believed that his kingdom could not bear yet another attack from the sea; this place is today known as Kanyakumari.

Kulasekara Pandya selected Manalur for establishing his court and ruled his kingdom from there. But he always dreamed of building a beautiful city one day. He resolved to build a capital city that no one had seen before. He also prayed to his deity that his dreams may come true.

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