Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Paripadal Thirattu – 10

Will Madurai ever be flawed,
and not splendidly thrive
like fish shaped golden ear rings of Karthigai women –
till the flagged charioteer’s language is alive?

கார்த்திகை காதில் கன மகர குண்டலம்போல்,
சீர்த்து விளங்கித் திருப் பூத்தல் அல்லது,
கோத்தை உண்டாமோ மதுரை-கொடித் தேரான்
வார்த்தை உண்டாகும் அளவு?

This is from Paripadal thirattu, singing the praise of  Madurai. Madurai will thrive and be flawless as long as Tamil language is alive. Karthigai women are the ones who nurtured Murugan. Flagged charioteer stands for Pandiyan Kings with fish symbol in their flags. Pandiyan Kings nurtured Tamil like how the Karthigai women nurtured Murugan. Madurai is the blemish less  jewel of the Pandiyans like the fish shaped ear rings of the  Karthigai women.

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