‘Silappadhikaram’ the Story of Anklet, Describing the Fury of a Chaste Woman, Ruining the Whole City

‘Silappadhikaram’, the epic of anklet (silambu in Tamil) is one of the five great epics of Sangam Tamil Literature. Its author is Saint Elango known as Elango Adikal. He was a prince brother of Cheran senguttuvan but renunciated worldly life and took to Jain Sainthood to give way for his brother to occupy the throne, thereby falsifying a sooth saying that the younger brother would supersede the elder in occupying the throne. They were from the harbour capital Vanchi and the epic was written by the poet from Chera kingdom.(Now a part of Modern Kerala).

The story line of Silappadhikaram is nothing less than a modern suspense thriller. This was the first of its kind to portray common citizens as hero and heroine as against other epics having only Gods and kings as main characters. Its main female character Kannagi is celebrated as Goddess Durga all over India and a temple is there known as Kannagi temple in Kerala. The story explains in detail the three kingdoms prevailing in South India namely Chola, Pandiya and Chera kingdoms occupying the then South India, 포커사이트 their rulers, life and practices of people living in those times. Emphasise is given to the high moral values of people and the excellent sense of justice among the kings. No doubt, this is considered as one of the masterpieces in world literature.

The story in brief:

Though the author Elango belonged to Chera kingdom, the main characters belonged to Chola kingdom. Kannagi, the female lead of the story was the daughter of a flourishing businessman from Poompuhar, the coastal headquarters of Chola kingdom.. She was married to Kovalan, son of another equally wealthy businessman. Their married life was very happy and peaceful till Kovalan met Madhavi, a beautiful dancer in a dance concert. Kovalan got infatuated with Madhavi and started living with her, abandoning Kannagi. Both of them had a very happy living together till the day of ‘Indira festival. That day, along the Poompuhar beach, dance, music and merriment used to take place. During the merriment, Madhavi sang a poem indirectly implying that all men were womanisers (including Kovalan of course). Infuriated by this, Kovalan left her and again returned to Kannagi. (Madhavi gave birth to a pretty girl child Manimekalai, whose life was described in another epic Manimekalai. The two epics Silappadhikaram and Manimekalai are known as twin epics of Tamil)



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