That Sanatana Dharma was practiced in the South is indisputable.
The truth got muddled by the British to divide the country so that they might rule over the Bharatavarsha.
Unlike the other Nations they conquered,they found it difficult to make a headway in subjugating the people and spread Christianity.
The stumbling block?
Sanatana Dharma and its strong rooted Culture.
So strong was this, Lord Macaulay, in his speech in the British Parliament, while stressing the necessity of making English as The Language of India, said,
“If we want to rule India, it is possible only with the introduction English in India.
And it is necessary to make the Hindus lose their respect for their religion and culture, which is so deep-rooted that it does not allow other cultures to permeate.
Destroy their pride in their cultural values and religion.
And this is possible only with the introduction English in India.”
The quote is not verbatim, but the essence.Readers may refer Macaulay’s’ speech in the web.
That they have achieved it 100 %, through the good offices of self-styled Indian Anglophiles later.
We do have them even today among us under the garb of Liberals and Intelligentsia.
The illegitimate offspring of the British, the Justice party of Tamil Nadu and their successors the DK and DMK still sing the song of separate Tamil Race, Identity, fueled by the devious Max Mueller and earlier Missionaries under the Garb of Tamil Scholars.
I have posts on this.
Their concocted Aryan Invasion theory has been debunked for quite some time now.
I have posted articles that Rama’s ancestor Satyavrata Manu was in Dravida Desa and migrated to Ayodhya to establish the Ayodhya Kingdom.
More evidence has been provided in this site.
There is something more.
Ancient Tamil Sangam Poets had Sanskrit names and in some cases they have Tamilicized it.
Agastya is the founder of Tamil from Lord Shiva.
He wrote the first Grammar of Tamil, Agathiyam.
Tholkappiyar wrote another ancient grammar in Tamil.
The name Tholkapiyar is the Tamil version of Adi Kavi, which is the name to Vallmiki who composed the Ramayana.
And there are 358 verses in the Purananuru a Sangam literature, written by Vanmikar(Valmiki?)
And one finds the name Valmiki in many a temple in Tail Nadu.
Sanskrit names in Tamil Literature, Poets.
Damodaran, Kesavan, Vishnu Dasan (Vinnanthayan), Kamakshi (Kamak Kanni), Maha Devan (Maathevanar), Kausika (Kosikan), Kapila (very pouplar Rishi’s name), Parana (Parana is a Gotra name),Nagaraja (Mudinaagaraayar),Maha Sastha (Maasaaththan), Lochana(ulochanar), Bhutapandya, Krishna (Kannan), Arudra (Aththirai), Kumara (kumaranar), Gauthama (Gothamanar), Sanga Varunan, Rudra (Nalluruththiranar), Nagas (at least 20 names with Naga as surname)Brahma (piramanar), Brahma Dutt ( Yaz piramathaththan), Uthra (Uththiraiyar), Maha Chitra (perumsiththiranar), Maha Padma (perumpathumanar), Atreya, Kavya (kappiynaar) Yagna Acharya (Velaasaan), Beri Sastha.
Tamil kings performed Rajasuya, Asvamedha and Soamyaga (Avvaiyar attended the Rajasuya Yagna and praised the Tamil unity which was very rare. Kalidasa praised Pandyan king’s (probably Mudukudumi Peru Vazuthi’s ) Asvamedha Yangna indirectly by referring to Avabrudha Snana. Peruvazuthi coins have been discovered with Yupa pillar and horse/Asva.”
Vanmikam in Sanskrit means ant hill. This robber turned saint did penance for a long time and ant hill grew over him and he got the name Valmiki. His original name was Prachedas. We have this name associated with several saints with the same experience of long penance and ants building a hill over them. Gods in several Shiva temples had his name in Tamil Nadu. Vanmeekanathar is found in Tiruvarur, Sankarankoil, Kudavasal, Kancheepuram, Thiruvetriyur and Valmiki Samadhi (grave) in Ettukkudi. Every temple had its own story of that particular Valmiki. Slowly priests and tourist guides or Sthala Puranas (Local Temple History) identified them with the most famous Valmiki.
Valmiki seems to be a Gothra, like Kasyapa, Bharatwaja.
The following note was copied by me on 5th May 2002 from the book ‘’Retrieval of History from Puranic Myths’’ by P.L.Bhargava (available at SOAS Library, University of London):
“Pravaradhyaya of the ancient Baudhayana Srauta Sutra (800 to 400 BC) mentions Valmiki as a Gotra in the Vatsa Paksha of the family of Bhrgu. This name thus could be borne by other persons of this gotra and this is proved by the fact that we learn from the Taitriya Pratisakhya of a Phoenician Valmiki who was different from the famous poet Valmiki.’’
More to follow on this topic.
I am handicapped by my ignorance of other Indian Languages.
Readers may send in their information on this subject, from their languages, which I am sure must exist in them.