Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Kalingathup Parani – 62

Beads of sweat rolling in crescent like forehead,
chains swinging between bosoms, dark tresses
adorned with flowers disheveling, bangles jingling-
Women who so make love, open your doors.

கூடு மிளம்பிறையிற் குறுவெயர் முத்துருளக்
கொங்கை வடம்புரளச் செங்கழு நீரளகக்
காடு குலைந்தலையக் கைவளை பூசலிடக்
கலவி விடாமடவீர் கடைதிற மின்றிறமின்.

Written by Jeyamkondar in 12th Century, Kalingathup Parani details the victory of Chola army led by Karunakara  Thondaiman over the Kalinga (present day Odisha) kingdom. In the first part of the work, the poet asks women to open their doors to their valorous lovers.

In this poem, he says “women who are generally in a state of dishevel while making love, open your doors”.

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