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Exploring the world of Tamil Vedas through books that paint an exemplary picture

When Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Dharmasutras were written in North India about 2000 years ago, Tamil grounds saw the creation of poems about love and yearning (the internal or akam verse) and war (the external or puram verse). Numerous years after they were composed, this group of writing came to be known as Sangam (gathering) songs. They uncover knowledge of Vedic ceremonies as well similarly as with Buddhism and Jainism, showing that northern Vedic thoughts have moved south a long time back. Around this time, Tamil writers were writing extraordinary epics/legends like Silappadikaram and Manimekalai. They uncover the prominence of Jainism and Buddhism in the districts that today are Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Karnataka. These eclipsed nearby Vedic Brahmins prompting a lot of competition. In Tamil folklore, everything began significantly sooner, in the earliest days of recorded history. Shiva presented a discourse on the Veda thus all sages moved North; this made the earth tilt thus Shiva requested his smartest student, Agastya, to move South. He carried northern mountains, for example, Palni on his shoulders and northern streams like Kaveri in his pot. He coordinated Tamil sentence structure. He gave it to his student, a child of Jamadagni, who composed the Tolkappiyam, the earliest work on Tamil Grammar. Around the time of Adi Shankara, a discourse on Tolkappiyam illuminated people around three grand congregations regarding saintly poets coordinated by Pandyan rulers and divine beings, where Tamil verse was introduced a millennium ago. 


The Importance of Tamil influence in the Vedas


The Vedas have been the lasting spring of Indian and southeast Asian progress, for about 3500 years in practically all fields of human culture including History, Art, Architecture, Music, Dance, Administration, Judiciary, Law, Social life, etc. The leaders of Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos, and different terrains, apart from all parts of India and its Northwest, have been adhering to the Vedic regulations (the Smṛtis) and expressly noticing codes of life which are explicitly referenced in many old records as the centuries progressed. The marvelous monuments like the extraordinary temples of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bantai Sri of Cambodia, and the worship places of Prambanan in Indonesia were fundamentally propelled by extraordinary Vedic Scholars. Tamilnad similarly profited all along from the wealth of Vedic legend. Śaṅkara's commitment to the standpoint of the development of Tamil temples is examined as seen from an engraving in a Chola temple.


Growing Tamil culture even filled in as a conductor for spreading Vedic culture to Malaysia (< Tamil>


Types of Vedas 


  1. Rig Veda - Primary form of Veda

  2. Samaveda - The first reference to singing in the Vedas

  3. Yajurveda - Book of prayers

  4. Atharvaveda - Associated with  magic and charms


FAQs


Q1. How were the Vedas introduced in current Tamil states?


Before the arrival of Christ, Tamil rulers began welcoming Brahmins to settle around their capitals and spread the glory of Vedic civilization upon their traditions. When recorded history begins, we see magnates and rulers getting comfortable with Vedic culture, for example, the recognition for the imperial penance Rājasūya yāga performed by a Cola lord, by the well-known poetess Avvaiyār.


Q2. What do the Vedas comprise?


The Vedas are a storehouse of hymns, formulas, mythological accounts, prayers, and poems essential to the Vedic way of living. It is segregated into four primary texts.