Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Kalingathup Parani – 22

You who make the strong and sane
lose their balance and go insane,
as your young breasts swell and grow,
Open your locked doors

புடைபட இளமுலை வளர்தொறும்
பொறைஅறி வுடையரும் நிலைதளர்ந்து
இடைபடு வதுபட அருளுவீர்
இடுகதவு உயர்கடை திறமினோ.

In this KalingathuParani poem, the poet asks women to open their doors and let in their warrior husbands who are back from battle. Kalingathu Parani was written in praise of Karunakara Thondaiman, the general of Chola king Kulothungan who decimated the Kalinga army.

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