I have been researching into the affinity between two great Languages of India, Sanskrit and Tamil.
Tamil ,recent researches indicate is about 17,000 years old and it quotes Sanskrit in its earliest works.
Sanskrit in its turn quotes Tamil!
Please read my post million Year old Tamil Quotes Vedas and They quote Tamil.
References to Tamil, Tamil Culture, Tamil Kings are found in the Vedas,Puranas,Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Curiously no other language is referred to in these Sanskrit Texts.
There are references to Valmiki in Tamil.
Valmiki is referred to as Vanmiki,in Tamil the letter L and N are interchangeable under certain Grammar rules.
There is a work by Valmiki called Vanmikatpathinaaru, sixteen verses of Valmiki.
Valmiki is classified among the Siddhas along with Bogar, who installed the Idol of Lord Subrahmanya in Palani in Tamil Nadu .
One of the major differences between Valmiki as a Siddha and others Valmiki advocates the study of the Vedas, the Siddhas to Ignore and go beyond the Vedas.
The theme in the 16 verses of the Valmiki Sixteen is different from the themes of all other works of other Siddhas. All others praise lord Shiva as the Ultimate God who blesses one with Moksha. But Valmiki differs from them. In the very first verse of Valmiki Sixteen, he says that Shiv Shakti emerged from Vishnu, the Consort of Sri / Lakshmi.
‘சிவசக்தி திருமாலின் ரூபமாகும்.
வருமுருவே சிவசக்தி வடிவமாகும்‘
This concept is radically different from the concept of other Siddhas. This is conceded by the poet Valmiki himself in subsequent verses. He mentions in the 11th verse that seeing his concept to be different, other Siddhas complained to Lord Shiva. Poet Valmiki says further, that Shiva was angry with those Siddhas only. His theme (of Vishnu being the Primary force from which Shiva- Shakthi emerged) conveyed in these poems were regarded as the key (to understand all poems of all other Siddhas.
சிவசிவா பதினெண்பேர் பாடற் கெல்லாம்
திறவுகோல் வால்மீகன் பதினாறாகும்:
சிவம்பெத்த சித்தரேல்லா மென்னூல் பார்த்துச்
சிவனோடே கோள் சொன்னார் சினந்தான் நாதன்:
அவமாகிப் போகாமல் சிவனுத் தார
அருளினால் திறந்து சொன்னேன் உலகுக்காக:
நவமான நவக்கிரகம் தன்னுளேயே
நாக்கு வாய் செவி மூக்கு மத்திக்கப்பால். (11)
நாக்கு வாய் செவி மூக்கு மத்திக் கப்பால்
நடுவீதி குய்ய முதல் உச்சி தொட்டுத்
தாக்குவாய் அங்கென்ற அதிலே முட்டுத்
தாயாரைப் பூசித்து வேதம் ஓது: (12)
While the other Siddhas preached to forsake Vedas, this poet Valmiki preached that people must to chant Vedas. In addition he says that Vedas should be pursued after worshiping Divine Mother.”
Valmiki, according to Tamil, wrote three works,
Ramayana in Sanskrit,
Vanmikiipathinaaru, Sixteen verses of Valmiki, and
a Poem in Puranaanooru in Tamil.
He also participated in the Tamil Sangam.
He commanded so much respect for his scholarship in Tamil , that the earliest Tamil Grammar work in Tamil, Tholkaapiyam, quotes his works, along with that of Lord Shiva as Primary Tamil Education.
Tamil was classified into Primary,Intermediary and Secondary.
This is the poem.
தமிழ்ச் செய்யுட் கண்ணும் இறையனாரும்,
கவுதமனாரும் போலார் செய்தன தலை”
The primary education in Tamil must be from the works of,
Lord Shiva is presumed to have founded the Tamil language and he presided over the First Tamil Sangam, the Conclave of Tamil Scholars.
Valmiki participated in it.
There are two temples associated with Valmiki in Tamil Nadu.
Marundheeswarar Temple, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai, where Valmiki is worshiped.
The other temple is Ettukkudi, a Murugan Sthala where Valmiki is reported to have died and his samadhi is found there.
Siddhas speak of Valmiki in their works quite frequently and indicate he was also well versed in Medicine.
Dates of Ramayana and Sangam.
adding up the years of the 3 sangam periods to this last year of the last sangam at 2000 years BP, we arrive at the following years.
3rd sangam started around 1850 BC.
2nd sangam started around 5550 BC
1st sangam started around 9990 BC.”
This is in agreement with the premise that Valmiki indeed wrote in Tamil and participated in he Tail Sangam.