I have often wondered about the antiquity of the South of India,. called Dravida Desa, the Ancient Langauge Tamil which is often quoted by the Vedas and Puranas and tamil Kings being mentioned in the Ithihasaas ,Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Rig Veda refers to Pearls, Sandalwood,Akhil( a type of Incense wood),Elephants and intricate silk from the Dravida desa,pointing out the Chera Kingdom, now called Kerala, which was once a part of the Tamil Chera Kingdom.
There is also this reference of Viswamitra banishing his sons to Dravida Desa.
Their descendant, Apasthamba compiled the Apasthamba Sutra, incorporating Tamil practices into Vedic Culture.
Tamil Records show that Lord Krishna attendd the Tamil Poets’ Conclave, He married a Pandyan Princess and had a Daughter through her.
Arjuna performed Tirta Yatra, Pilgrimage to South and married a Pandyan Princess.
He had a son through her , Babruvahana, who was the only one to defeat Arjuna and killed him(Arjuna was revived by Krishna)
Parashurama created what is Now Kerala .
Balarama visited the Dravida Desa and worshiped Lord Subrahmanya, worshiped there as Murugan.
Chera King Udiyan Cheralaathan and another Pandyan King participated in the Kurukshetra War of Mahabharata.
While Udiyan Ceralaathan fed both the Kaurava and Pandava armies during the war and performed Sraddha for the slain in the Mahabharata war,a Pandyan King Darshak fought on the side of the Pandavas.
Lord Krishna fought with a Pandya King and killed him.
There are references in the Bhavatham and Tamil Classics that during one of the Tsunamis,Satyavrata Manu, the ancestor of Lord Rama migrated to South and his son Ikshvaku founded the Ikshvaku dynasty.
The Chola Kings trace their Lineage to the Solar Dynasty of Rama and one of their early Kings called Sibi belonged to Ikshvaku Dynasty.
Mahabharata and Raghuvamsa of Kalidasa record this.
The archeological finding in Arikkamedu in Pondicherry and a Vedic Homa Kunda is found with references to Vedic Rites in Kanya Kumari dating back to 280BC.
More archeological finds are reported from Tamil Nadu linking Sanatana Dharma and the Tamils.
Tamil Brahmi script was found in Harappa.
Now comes the startling find.
Drawings of the Indus Valley Scripts are found in Hampi, Karnataka!
The writing system of the Indus Valley Civilization is not deciphered and it still remains a mystery. All attempts to decipher it have failed. This is one of the reasons why the Indus Valley Civilization is one of the least known of the important early civilizations of antiquity.
“On the goddess Kotamma temple woollen market way there is a rocky roof shelter for shepherds and sheep to stay at night up to morning.”
The sentence emerged after a set of 19 drawing and pictographs discovered on a hilltop in Hampi (Karnataka, India) were deciphered using root morphemes of Gondi Tribe language.
Eleven of the Hampi pictographs resemble those of the Indus valley civilisation. This innocuous sounding statement could actually be a revolutionary find linking the Gond or Gondi tribe to the Indus Valley civilisation.
The Gondi people are a Dravidian people of central India, spread over the states of Madhya Pradesh, eastern Maharashtra (Vidarbha), Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana and Western Odisha. With over four million people, they are the largest tribe in Central India.
“Eleven of the Hampi pictographs resemble the Late Harappan writing of the Indus Valley Civilisation”, says Dr KM Metry, professor of tribal studies at the Kannada University. The professor claims that this shows that after the collapse of the civilisation situated in North-West India, the Harappans moved to other parts of the country, with some of them settling in Central India and a majority of them in the South.”
My surmise that the Dravida connection with Sanatana Dharma is more deep than considered and may be the Vedic Culture prevailed here along with the Indus Valley civilization, if not earlier.
* I have noticed a curious fact about Harappa.
The name Harappa is very differnt from the other Northern town names.
In fact, as far as my search goes, it is Unique
Among all the Indian languages,only Tamil has the word ‘Appa’ for Fathere.
And Shiva was called father in Tamil anitquity and He is addressed as Appan in medieval Tamil literature of the Shaivas and Vaishanava Saint , Azhwar calls Him , Mukkannapa, father with three Eyes!
Following is the definition of the word Haran, a name for Shiva.
Intriguing to find Tamil name for God in Harappa!
‘ hara—just dissipate *SB 6.14.57
hara—please diminish SB 10.2.40
hara—the attractor. Madhya 8.143
hara—kindly take away Madhya 20.299
hara—and Lord Śiva Madhya 21.36
hara—plunder Antya 15.16
hara—vanquishing Antya 16.119
hara—You take away Antya 16.133
* Refers to the Puranas or Ithihasas.