This is a part of a series of articles on how the Sanatna Dharma and Tamil Dravida was intertwined.
Rama’s ancestor Vaivaswatha Manu migrated from Dravida to Ayodhya after a Tsunami.
Shiva and his son Ganesha migrated through the Middle east to Arctic, after establishing their lineage, clan in the present Europe,Africa, and the successors reentered Bharata varsha from the Arctic through Russia ,Iran .
Valmiki is considered as a Siddha and wrote a literary work Vanmikar Pathinaaru,Valmiki’s Sixteen, which deals with Philosophy and Practical Life.
Krishna married a Pandya Princess and had a Daughter through her.
Arjuna married a Pandyan Princess and had a son, Babruvahana.
Sahadeva traveled in the South.
Tamil Chera King,Perunchotru Udiyan Cheralathan fed both the Pandava and Kaurava Armies during the Mahabharata Battle and performed Tharpana in Tamil Nadu, (Rites for Dead killed during the war).
Ravana entered into a peace treaty with a Pandya King.
Rig Veda and Puranas have references to pieces, Elephant Tusks,Gems, and Pearls being imported from Tamil Nadu /Dravida.
Tamil Kings were present during the Swayamwar of Damayanthi, Sita, Draupadi, descriptions of the may be found in the Ramayana ,Mahabharata and the Puranas.
I have some articles on this.
During the Mahabharata Days the interaction between the South and the North were more intense and frequent than what it was during the Ramayana Period.
Lord Krishna attended the Tamil Sangam,Conclave of Poets held at Kavatapuram.
He was a special Invitee.
“Krishna was known to Tamil lands even during his life time. He had been one of the esteemed guests at the 2nd Sangam assemblage that took place in Kavaatam, the then capital of the Pandyans. Kavaatam’s location can be deciphered from Shugreeva’s description of the trail to the South which he described to the vanaras in chapter 4-41-19a. That place was submerged around the time Byt Dwaraka was submerged.”
Krishna married Nappinnai, a Pandyan Princess and had a Daughter Pandyahs, that’s how Megasthanes calls her.
Krishna had probably had his daughter married to a Pandya Prince and had her settled near Madurai.
Krishna’s daughter had been given a gift of 365 Yadava Families by Krishna.
Krishna’s daughter’s descendants have been in existence during the Silappadhikaram, A Tamil Epic, period, where it is mentioned that the Ayar woman performed the story of Hari Vamsa.
“The inference is that she must have been one among the 365 families of Yadavas of Mathura or Dwaraka whom Krishna must have sent as his gifts to his daughter on her marriage to the Pandyan king. The Krishna cult can therefore be said to have started in Tamil lands even at that time when Krishna was around. The Rasa lila which is not found in any ancient Sanskrit text but cropped up as late as the 15th century in the North, is found mentioned in Agananuru written not less than 2000 years ago goes to show that the intimate memories of Krishna had been carried by the Yadavas who had once shared their moments with Krishna.