I visited Thiruvellarai,about fifteen kilometres from Srirangam,Tamil Nadu.
Srirangam is the second Divya Kshetram,Sacred Dwelling Place of Lord Vishnu,the first being Vaikuntam,the Celestial Abode of Vishnu.
I was informed by the Archaka of Srirangam that there is a older temple of Vishnu at Thiruvellarai.
On visiting the temple I found three unique features.
I wrote an article on this and on Indhumathi, Lord Rama’s grandmother,a Pandyan Princess.
This temple is reported to have been built by Chola King Sibi.
Sibi is the ancestor of Lord Rama.
He built this temple after vanquishing Asuras,meaning powerful(Asuras are different from Rakshasas)in Dravida Desa.
Sibi ruled from the what is now the North West Province of Pakistan.
The founder of Ikshvaku Dynasty,Ikshvaku,to which Sibi and Rama beling belongs to Dravida Desa,that is South of Vindhya Mountains in India.
Manu,after whom the term ,’Man’ is coined is the first Human and he was from the Dravida Desa.
After a Tsunami,Ikshvaku left for Ayodhya in North India,founded Ikshvaku Dynasty from Ayodhya.
The Kings of South India,Chera,Chola belong to Surya Vamsa,the Solar Dynasty of Ikshvaku.
Some of these Kings belong to Lunar Dynasty,Chandra Vamsa.
Now,after visiting Thiruvellarai, I had some questions.
1.If Ikshvaku founded the Dynasty from Ayodhya,
how is it that Tamil Kings declare that they are from Solar Dynasty?
2.If these Kings ruled from South ,how come that Sibi ruled from the North of India,where his second capital was?
Answer lies with Ila, daughter of Manu and sister of Ikshvaku.
Ila,after whom the term Ezham,the Tamil word denoting Tamil land is derived from,is the founder of the Lunar dynasty.
She was married to Budha,son of Chandra.
Hence her offsprings belong to Lunar Dynasty.
The Ailas of the world descended from Ila.
Ila was given a portion of Dravida Desa,Lanka.
Lanka is from Ila.
There is controversy over the fact whether the present Lanka is the Lanka mentioned in the Ramayana.
Please refer my post on Lanka is not Ramayana Lanka.
Ila was birn a woman,became a Man,then again woman to be finally Man for a month and woman the next month.
Those who question this transformation may note people today change genders after Surgical Procedure.
During the period when Ila was a Man,he married and had children.
Children through this lineage belong to Lunar Dynasty and they ruled the Matsya Kingdom from North India.
Matsya in Sanskrit means Fish.
Manu the first Man was advised by A Fish of the impending Tsunami.
Hence Manu moved out , meditated in Madagascar, while his son Ikshvaku moved to Ayodhya.
His daughter Ila moved to South after the Tsunami
It is curious to note that the Pandya Kings’ Emblem is Fish.
Another reference to Manu and Matsya.
Either the offspring of Ila moved to Matsya desa at the same time when Ikshvaku moved to North,while Ila moved to South or
Ila’s children moved to north later,but before Lird Rama.
This cound account for Sibi having had a second capital in North India.
Matsya Kingdom was probably founded by fishermen community who later attained kingship. The Sanskrit word Matsya means fish. Satyavati, the wife of Kuru king Santanu was from this community. King Virata, a Matsya king, founded the kingdom of Virata. He was the father-in-law of Abhimanyu the son of Arjuna. The epic Mahabharata relates the founder of Matsya kingdom to the ruler of Chedi, viz Uparichara Vasu.An interesting fact is that fishing was the main occupation of the people who lived near river Saraswati. After the Saraswati River dried up, they migrated to river Charmanwati now known as Chambal meaning fish in Dravidian languages. Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa, was son of Satyavati who belogned to this fishermen community and yet was a Vedic scholar, thus attesting the origin of Vedas from the Saraswati basin.
Other than the Matsya kingdom to the south of Kuru Kingdom, which falls in the Alwar, Bharatpur districts of Rajasthan, the epic refers to many other (as many as, six other) Matsya kingdoms. The Pandya Kingdom in the extreme south, also bears the icon of a fish on its official banner showing some connection with the Matsya kings. The main Matsyas under Virata had its capital named Viratanagari which is now known as Bairat in Jaipurdistrict of Rajasthan. Upaplavya was another famous city in this kingdom.
References in Mahabharata
Matsya is mentioned in the list of kingdoms of Bharata Varsha (ancient India) at (6,9).
Origin of Matsya Kings
The first Matsya king was mentioned to be the son of a Chediking named Uparichara Vasu. He was a Paurava, meaning a king beloning to the Puru dynasty (1,63). Apart from the five royal sons of this king, he had a son and a daughter born of a women of fisherman community. The male child, in due cource established the Matsya Kingdom and founded the royal dynasty called Matsya Dynasti. The female child lived as a member of fishermen community. Her descendants established as fishermen on the banks of river Yamuna, in the kingdom of Kurus. The famous Kuru king Santanu’s wife Satyavati was from this fishermen community. The author of Mahabharata, vis Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa and the Kuru kings viz Chitrangada and Vichitravirya were the sons of Satyavati. Pandavas and Kauravaswhere the grandsons of Vichitravirya.(1,63).A king named Sahaja ruled the united Chedis and Matsyas. As per Bhima he became cause for the destruction of his own race (5,74).