Tamil civilisation – is it the oldest (tamilan endru sollada thalai nimirnthu nillada )
It may be timely to pose the question of as from when did Tamil civilisation exist. The tsunami of December 26, 2004 vividly demonstrated the destructive force of tidal waves and what havoc the attendant deluges could cause. It was, however, not unknown to the ancient Tamils who occupied southern India from that time. Their traditions refer to extensive lands submerged in the remote past that had once existed in the Indian Ocean, south of Kanya Kumari or Cape Comorin. They had indeed a word for such happenings. They called it kadatkol – meaning the sea devouring the land.
The name of the lost lands is Kumari Kandam. At the time of those inundations, they were home to a high Tamil civilisation that hosted the First and Second Tamil Sangams or Acadamies of Advanced Learning. The Tamil language and literature as well as the philosophy and culture were cultivated and fostered through such Sangams. The works of these two Sangams were lost when the cities in which they were created were submerged by such inundations. Though the tradition of these Tamil Sangams and the deluges which destroyed them lived on, there was no historical evidence forthcoming to back them until very recently.
The current state of play as known to history, until the recently emerging evidence, is that the history of the Tamils is said to begin in the pre-historic or more acceptably in the proto-historic period of about 500 BC. Tamil / Dravidian culture associated with the megalithic sites in places such as Adichanallur (more correctly Adityanallur) in the Tinnevely District of Tamilnadu and across the Palk Straits in Pomparippu in north-western Ilankai/ Sri Lanka are regarded by historians / archaeologists as belonging to the Dravidian peoples of whom the Tamils at that time were their first and foremost representatives.
Those finds from Adichanallur though dated earlier to be around 300 BC have now been shown to date back to 1,700 BC, following the currently ongoing excavations with advanced dating techniques. The archaeologists, studying the inscriptions on stones and artefacts, reported recently on that basis that Tamil civilisation existed more than 4,000 years ago. They went on to say that Tamil / Dravidian civilisation which began in present day Tamilnadu spread to the other parts of the world from there, as they considered Adichanallur to be the cradle of Tamil civilisation. Linguistic data of Tamil and other existing Dravidian langages too support only a movement from south to north of the spread of those languages, as Tamil is shown to be their parent language.
This present state of knowledge has however received a startling knock from another quarter with the recent underwater archaeological finds relating to the lost Tamil continent of Kumari Kandam. For what those discoveries reveal, though at the presnt moment only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, has been uncovered, is the existence of a lost continent and lost cities in an antediluvian era stretching back before the melt-down of the Last Ice Age and the inundations of those lands.
The evidence thus far reveals the existence of man-made structures twenty-three metres beneath the sea, five kilometres off the Tarangambadi- Poompuhar coast near Nagapattinam in South India. Its existence at such a depth is calculated as having taken place over many thousand years ago. This ties in with the geological evidence of such happenings at that time as well as the Tamil traditions of the first two Tamil Sangams referred to earlier.
The unfolding archaeological and geological evidence is proving to be the historical validation that Tamil civilisation which reached a high-point during those two Tamil Sangams had their beginnings 11,000 years ago or circa 9,000 BC. What is the evidence currently available, be it archaeological, geological or other which will substantiate the Kumari Kandam tradition?
According to th Kumari Kandam tradition, over a period of about just 11,000 years, the Pandyans, a historical dynasty of Tamil kings, formed three Tamil Sangams, in order to foster among their subjects the love of knowledge, literature and poetry. These Sangams were the fountain head of Tamil culture and their principal concern was the perfection of the Tamil language and literature. The first two Sangams were not located in what is now South India but in antediluvian Tamil land to the south which in ancient times bore the name of Kumari Kandam, literally the Land of the Virgin or Virgin Continent.
The first Sangam was head-quartered in a city named Then-madurai (Southern Madurai). It was patronised by a succession of eighty-nine kings and survived for an unbroken period of 4,400 years during which time it approved an immense collection of poems and literature. At the end of that golden age, the First Sangam was destroyed when a deluge arose and Then-madurai itself was swallowed by the sea along with large parts of the land area of Kumari Kandam.
However, the survivors, saving some of the books, were able to relocate further north. They established a Second Sangam in a city called Kavatapuram which lasted 3,700 years. The same fate befell this city as well, when it too was swallowed by the sea and lost forever all its works with the sole exception of the Tolkappiyam, a work on Tamil grammar. Following the inundation of Kavatapuram, the survivors once again relocated northward in a city identified with modern Madurai in Tamilnadu, then known as Vada-madurai (Northern Madurai). The Third Sangam lasted for a period of 1850 years and most scholars agree that that Sangam terminated around 350 AD.
Literary evidence of the lost continent of Kumari Kandam comes principally from the literature of the Third Tamil Sangam and the historical writings based on them. Many of them refer to the lost Tamil lands and to the deluges which ancient peoples believed had swallowed those lands. The Silappathikaram, a well known Tamil literary work, for instance mentions, “ the river Prahuli and the mountain Kumari surroundered by many hills being submerged by the raging sea”.
The Kalittogai, another literary work, specifically refers to a Pandyan king losing territories to the sea and compensating the loss by conquering new territories from the Chera and Chola rulers to the north. In his commentary on the Tolkappiyam, Nachinarkiniyar mentions that the sea submerged forty-nine nadus (districts), south of the Kumari river. Adiyarkkunelar, a medieval commentator, says that before the floods, those forested and populated lands between the Prahuli and Kumari rivers stretched 700 kavathams, ie for about 1,000 miles. As observed by Prof.(Dr) M. Sunderam, “The tradition of the loss of a vast continent by deluge of the sea is too strong in the ancient Tamil classics to be ignored by any serious type of inquiry.”
Sumerian,Arabic,Mayan,Meso,Persian,Turkish etc are strongly believed as from Tamil.
Sumerian are believed to have similarity in the language script and certain culture co relation between both language(enable to date Tamil as 40,000 BC language. )
Tamil may be first ever language with written & spoken format and its first Language born on the Indian-Subcontinent.
Tamil-Mother of all Dravidian Language.
Tamil recognized as one of 7 Classical language of the world.
Its Second Largest Language Spoken in the world older than 40,000 years.
Tamil Language & Culture believed to Never had Caste and Religion in its tradition.
There is no equal word or term found for caste in Tamil.
Even 2000 year old Thirukural is common without an discrimination.
Tamil are believed to be living in group rather distinction based on the caste.
Tholkapium is the oldest book in the world which is about 3000 years old.
Thirukural which stated to be 2500 years and translated in most of the world language
Zen Buddhism from Tamil palava Kingdom.
Oldest martial arts in the world-Kalari(father of all Asian martial arts)
Tamil Brahmi script found in Egypt.
Bharatnatyam-World’s oldest dance form in the world extinct over 3000years (1500BC)
Great Anicut(Kallani)oldest dam built & in service in the world built by karikala Cholan about 1800 years back.
55% of epigraphical inscription(55,000)found in India are in Tamil language.
Lama from Tamil civilization.
Senegal Language as a link with Tamil language.
Two Tamil manuscript is Recorded in UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 1997 and 2005.
Tamil pottery are found in Thailand and Egypt.
Tamil people the first sailor through the sea.
Pachesi Game were found in Me-so-American Civilization.
Jalikatu a Tamil traditional game which as origin over 20,000 years back.
Tamil Measurement are unique in range even value for it in SI is not found.
Tamil units of measurement
Measurements in ancient Tamil land were of seven kinds. They were number counts, balance weights, fluid volumes, grain volumes, length, time and the likeness.
Units of time in ancient Tamil history
- 1 kuzhi(kuRRuzhi)= 6.66 millisecond-the time taken by the Pleiades stars(aRumin) to glitter once.
- 12(base 8 ) or 10 kuzhigaL= 1 miy= 66.6666 millisecond-the time taken by the young human eyes to flap once.
- 2 kaNNimaigaL= 1 kainodi= 0.125 second
- 2 kainodi= 1 maatthirai= 0.25 second
- 6(base 8 ) or 6 miygaL= 1 siRRuzhi(nodi)= 0.40 second-the time taken for a bubble (created by blowing air through a bamboo tube into a vessel 1 saaN high, full of water) to travel a distance of one saaN .
- 2 maatthiraigaL= 1 kuru= 0.50 second
- 2(base 8 ) or 2 nodigaL= 1 vinaadi= 0.80 second-the time for the adult human heart to beat once
- 21?2 nodigaL= 2 kuru= 1 uyir= 1 second
- 5 nodigaL= 2 uyir= 1 saNigam= 1/2 aNu= 2 seconds
- 12(base 8 ) or 10 nodigaL= 1 aNu= 4 seconds
- 6(base 8 ) or 6 aNukkaL= 12 saNigam= 1 thuLi= 1 naazhigai-vinaadi= 24 seconds
- 12(base 8 ) or 10 thuLigaL= 1 kaNam= 4 minutes
- 6(base 8 ) or 6 kaNangaL= 1 naazhigai= 24 minutes
- 12(base 8 ) or 10 naazhigaigaL= 4 saamam= 1 siRupozhuthu= 240 minutes= 4 hours
- 6(base 8 ) or 6 siRu-pozhuthugaL= 1 naaL(1 day)= 24 hours
- 7 naaTkaL= 1 kizhamai(1 week)
- 15 naaTkaL= 1 azhuvam(1 fortnight )
- 29.5 naaTkaL= 1 thingaL(1 lunar month)
- 2 thingaL= 1 perum-pozhuthu(1 season)
- 6 perum-pozhuthugaL= 1 AaNdu(1 year)
- 64 aaNdugaL= 1 vattam(1 cycle)
- 4096(=8^4) AaNdugaL= 1 Oozhi(1 epoch)
- 1 Marakkal vaedaipadu (seeds required for planting rice) = 8 cents
- 12.5 Marakkal vaedaipadu = 100 cents (one acre)
Area calculation and Measurement Chart .
- 1 hectare = 2 acre 47 cent
- 1 hectare = 10,000 sq.m.
- 1 acre = 0.405 hectare
- 1 acre = 4046.82 sq.m.
- 1 acre = 43,560 .
- 1 acre = 100 cent = 4840
- 1 cent = 435.6 .
- 1 cent = 40.5 sq.m
- 1 ground = 222.96 sq.m. = 5.5 cent
- 1 ground = 2400 .
- 1 kuli = 44 cent
- 1 kaani = 132 cent = 3 kuli
- 1 kaani = 1.32 acre
- 1 kaani = 57,499 .
- 1 acre = 2.25 kuli
- 1 dismil = 1.5 cent
- 1 furlong = 660 feet = 220 kejam
- 1 kilometre = 5 furlong
- 1 link / chain = 0.66 foot = 7.92 inch
- 1 kejam = 3 feet
- 1 mile = 8 furlong
- 1 ares = 1076 . = 2.47 cent
- 1 chain = 22 kejam
- 1 furlong = 10 chain
- 1 kejam = 0.9144 metre
- 1 township = 36
- 1 = 640 acre
Units of ancient trade
- 4 nel edai= 1 kunRimaNi
- 2 kunRimaNi= 1 manjaadi
- 1 manjaadi= 1 paNavedai
- 5 paNavedai= 1 kazhanju
- 8 paNavedai= 1 varaaganedai
- 20 paNavedai= 4 kazhanju = 1 kaqhsu
- 80 paNavedai= 16 kazhanju= 4 kaqhsu= 1 palam.
- 1.5 Kazhanji = 8 gram or one pown
- 32 kunRimaNi= 1 varaaganedai
- 10 varaaganedai= 1 palam
- 40 palam= 1 veesai
- 1000 palam =1 kaa
- 6 veesai= 1 thulaam
- 8 veesai= 1 maNangu
- 20 maNangu= 1 paaram.
- 1 kuNam= smallest unit of volume
- 9 kuNam= 1 mummi
- 11 mummi= 1 aNu
- 7 aNu=1 immi
- 7 immi= 1 uminel
- 1 sittigai= 7 uminel
- 360 nel= 1 sevidu
- 5 sevidu= 1 aazhaakku
- 2 aazhaakku= 1 uzhakku
- 2 uzhakku= 1 uri
- 2 uri= 1 padi
- 8 padi= 1 marakkaal(kuRuNi)
- 2 marakkaal(kuRuNi)= 1 padhakku
- 2 padhakku= 1 thooNi
- 5 marakkaal= 1 paRai
- 80 paRai= 1 karisai
- 96 padi= 1 kalam
- 120 padi= 1 pothi(mootai)
- 21 marakkal = 1 Kottai
1 padi, = 1800 avarai pods = 12,800 miLagu seeds = 14,400 nel grains = 14,800 payaRu grains = 38,000 arisi grains = 115,200 sesame seeds
- 5 sevidu= 1 aazhaakku
- 2 mahani = 1 aazhakku (arai kal padi)
- 2 aazhaakku= 1 uzhakku (Kal padi)
- 2 uzhakku= 1 uri (Arai padi)
- 2 uri= 1 padi
- 8 padi= 1 marakkaal
- 2 marakkaal(kuRuNi)= 1 padhakku
- 2 padhakku= 1 thooNi
- 21 Marakkal = 1 Kottai
- 10 koaN= 1 nuNNaNu
- 10 nuNNaNU= 1 aNu(atom)
- 8 aNu= 1 kathirtthugaL
- 8 kathirtthugaL= 1 thusumbu
- 8 thusumbu= 1 mayirnuni
- 8 mayirnuni= 1 nuNmaNal
- 8 nuNmaNal= 1 siRu-kadugu
- 8 siRu-kadugu= 1 eL
- 8 eL= 1 nel
- 8 nel= 1 viral= 8^8 aNu(atom)= 1.9444 centimetre
- 12 viral= 1 saaN= 100 immi= 23.3333 centimetre
- 2 saaN= 1 muzham= 46.6666 centimetre
- 2 muzham= 1 kajam
- 4 muzham= 1 paagam
- 625 paagam= 1 kaadham= 5000 saaN= 1166.66 metres= 1.167 kilometre
- 1= onRu
- 3/4= mukkaal
- 1/2= arai
- 1/4= kaal
- 1/5= naalumaa
- 3/16= moonRu veesam
- 3/20= moonRumaa
- 1/8= araikkaal
- 1/10= irumaa
- 1/16= maakaaNi (veesam)
- 1/20= orumaa
- 3/64= mukkaal veesam
- 3/80= mukkaaN
- 1/32= araiveesam
- 1/40 araimaa
- 1/64= kaal veesam
- 1/80= kaaNi
- 3/320= araikkaaNi munthiri
- 1/160= araikkaaNi
- 1/320= munthiri
- 1/102,400= keezh munthiri
- 1/2,150,400= immi
- 1/23,654,400= mummi
- 1/165,580,800= aNu
- 1/1,490,227,200= kuNam
- 1/7,451,136,000= pantham
- 1/44,706,816,000= paagam
- 1/312,947,712,000= vintham
- 1/5,320,111,104,000= naagavintham
- 1/74,481,555,456,000= sinthai
- 1/1,489,631,109,120,000= kathirmunai
- 1/59,585,244,364,800,000= kuralvaLaippidi
- 1/3,575,114,661,888,000,000= veLLam
- 1/357,511,466,188,800,000,000= nuNNmaNl
- 1/2,323,824,530,227,200,000,000= thaertthugaL
- 1 pal (wooden discs/sea shellots)= (approximately) 0.9 grain
- 8 (or 10 base 8 ) paRkaL =1 senkaaNi (copper/bronze) = 7.2 grains(misinterpretted by Roman accounts as 10 base 10 paRkal =9 grains)
- 1/4 senkaaNi =1 kaalkaaNi (copper) =1.8 grains(misinterpretted by Roman accounts as 2.25 grains)
- 64 (or 100 base 8 ) paRkaL = 1 KaaNap-pon a.k.a. Kaasu panam(gold) = 57.6 grains
- 1 Roman dinarium was traded on par with 2 KaaNappon plus 1 SenkaaNi(=124 grains).
- 18 Ana = 2.5 Rupee, 16 Ana = 1 Rupee, 1 Ana = 3 Thuttu, 1/4 Ana = 3/4 (mukkal) thuttu
Likeness has attributes of tone, sound, colour and shape for comparison of a given substance with a known standard.
Only World’s longest classical language in exists.
Sidha Medical form is dated to be oldest medical form in the world.
When all Other Civilization in the world are in maturation Tamil civilization are believed to have well established Kingdom(trade,medicine,agriculture,warrior etc)
Tamil’s developed drama,singing and music along with there civilization.Even today Tamil Cinema one of the world’s top 5 producer.
Carnatic Singing believed to 2000 years old.
Due to repeated Invasion and Migration of Tamil’s have lost there ethnic value.
Still in many nations Tamil’s are believed to be lived like Latin America,Africa,Maldives etc(but only they have identity of Tamil they cant speak,write,read)
Due to rapid colonization of English language Tamil is losing its Heritage of the script.
Next generation Tamil people are stepping into the world were without learning Mother tongue Tamil they can survive in the world.
Tamil Culture are believed to be in rapid Depletion phase.
Since Occupational Change of Tamil’s there is great influence of other language in Tamil
Many Tamil Pr-Civilization History is hidden r lost in the Civilization Phase.
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Archaeological & Geological Evidence
A discovery made by a team of marine archaeologists from India’s National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in March 1991 has begun to bring about a sea-change. Working the off-shore of Tarangambadi-Poompuhar coast in Tamilnadu near Nagapattinam, a research vessel equipped with side-scan sonar, identified a man-made object and described it as “a horse shoe shaped structure”. In 1993, it was examined again and NIO’s diver archaeologists reported that the U-shaped structure lies at a depth of 23 metres and about 5 kms offshore.
The significance of that discovery is that it is a much older structure to any discovered earlier. Subsequent explorations carried out by Graham Hancock and his team, who working in association with Dr Glen Milne, a specialist in glacio-isotacy and glaciation induced sea-level change, were able to show that areas at 23 metres depth would have submerged about 11,000 years before the present time or 9,000 BC. The historical significance of that fact is that it makes the U-shaped structure 6,000 years older than the first monumental architecture of Egypt or of ancient Sumer or Mesopotamia (in present day Iraq) dated around 3,000 BC and traditionally regarded as the oldest civilisations of antiquity.
The Durham geologists led by Dr. Glen Milne have shown in their maps that South India between 17,000-7,000 years ago extended southward below Cape Comorin (Kanya Kumari) incorporating present day Ilankai/ Sri Lanka. It had an enhanced offshore running all the way to the Equator. The maps portray the region as no history or culture is supposed to have known it. The much larger Tamil homeland of thousands of years ago as described in the Kumari Kandam tradition takes shape. It supports the opening of the Kumari Kandam flood tradition set in the remote pre-historic period of 12,000 –10,000 years ago. The inundation specialists confirm that between 12,000-10,000 years ago Peninsular India’s coastlines would have been bigger than what they are today before they were swallowed up by the rising seas at the end of the Last Ice Age.
With its description of submerged cities and lost lands, the Kumari Kandam tradition predicted that pre-historic ruins more than 11,000 years old should lie underwater at depths and locations off Tamilnadu’s coast. The NIO’s discovery and Dr. Milne’s calculations now appear to confirm the accuracy of that prediction. At that period of time, Ilankai/ Sri Lanka was part and parcel of South India. It is, however, in the inundation map for 10,600 years ago as seen that the island to the south of Kanya Kumari had disappeared to a dot, and the Maldives further ravaged.
But more importantly, a neck of sea is seen separating Tuticorin in South India from Mannar in what is now Ilankai/ Sri Lanka. It is however in the map for 6,900 years ago that the separation of Ilankai/ Sri Lanka from the South Indian mainland is complete as it is today. Ilankai/ Sri Lanka’s separate existence as an island, so it seems, began 6,900 years ago or circa 4,900 BC.
Article from Hindu : Lemuria and Kumari Kandam
We are all aware that the origin of the Tamil people and their culture is shrouded in deep mystery. Though there are many traditions narrated in early literature, “Kumari Kandam”, the land that lay to the south of India and, which later submerged in the Indian Ocean, has been a matter of conjecture for a study by scholars.
Two American eminent geologists McKenzie and Sclater have clearly explained that Africa and South America were locked together as part of the primitive continent until about 200 million years ago.
The present formations of India, Arabia, Africa, Antarctica, South America and Australia started breaking up due to natural upheavals and moving to different parts of the earth at the rate of 15,000 years per mile on an average and found their places in the Asian Continent. The movement of the earth mass, called Navalam Theevu in Tamil, caused the formation of the present continent of India.
There was a general belief that both Lemuria and Kumari Kandam were one and the same. However, it has been established by Frank Joseph, Secretary for Ancient American Association, in his book “The Lost Civilization of Lemuria”, the existence of a land called Lemuria, one of the world’s oldest civilizations, about 2.5 lakh years ago, in Indonesia. Hence, Lemuria and Kumari Kandam, which existed in southern part of India, are different lands.
Mr. Joseph has also established that the Mohenjodaro letters of Eastern Islands are nearly 1,00,000 years old. He has critically examined the views of various scholars and established the source of Mohenjodaro letters as well as the ancient civilization of Moo and has written that due to natural calamities, the island of Moo was destroyed about 2.5 lakh years ago.
Eastern Island, 1,000 miles near Japan, has a script called Rongo Rongo and it is identical with Mohenjodaro letters. This has been fixed as 1,00,000 years old.
From the Island of Moo called Lemuria, which was located near Indonesia about 2.5 lakhs years ago, people regularly moved out to Atlantis in Mexican Sea and Kumari Kandam in South Tamil Nadu, about 1,00,000 years ago due to tsunami. These letters are the script of Moo civilization, which was well developed.
From Atlantis, due to tsunami, the Moo people moved to South America and became Aztecs and Incas. Those who moved to North America became Mexicans and Red Indians.
From Kumari Kandam, South of Tamil Nadu, about 15,000 years ago people moved to Africa and became Sumerians and those who moved from Africa to Arabia later became Jews.
From Kumari Kandam, South of Tamil Nadu due to tsunami, people moved to Bengal and became Cholas and those who moved to Sind and Punjab became Cheras.
In Sillapathikaram, it was mentioned that one “Ezhuthanga Nadu” (7×7 =49 countries) existed. So, Southern Tamil Nadu and Kumari Kandam are different regions. Those who have moved to Southern Tamil Nadu were called Pandiyas and they spread over Ceylon and Tirunelvelli.
Tamil literatures say that during the Kurukshethra war, Chera Kings had given food to both the armies. From all these we come to a conclusion that the Ancient South India would have been with tall cliffs, dense forests with high fertility.
Because of a calamity, which took place in 9,000 BC, a terrific destruction occurred and destroyed Chera, Chola and Pandiya Kingdoms and they all then came and settled in South India. The great scholar Sri Avvai Duraisamy Pillai has established that the “Pancha Dravidam” is the region consisting Gujarath, Maharashtra, Andhra, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
This is the time to write the correct history of Tamil Nadu. In “Irayanar Agapporul” (Nakkeerar Urai) it is mentioned that 72 Pandiya Kings had ruled Tamil Nadu (which was inclusive of the destroyed Kumari Kandam) from 30,000 B.C. to 16,000 B.C. (i.e. for 14,000 years).
Our universities have to undertake the responsibility to arrive at the correct history of Tamil Nadu.
Research has not been done so far to assess correctly the shape and appearance of Tamil letters. Today in Tamil, three ‘La’, two ‘Ra’ and three ‘Na’ exist. These exist in ‘Grantha’ also. But in ‘Naagari’, which got birth in 500 A.C., there are only one ‘La’, one ‘Ra’, and two ‘Na’.
M. Sundarraj, retired Financial Controller of Integral Coach Factory, who did extensive research on Rig Vedas, has written a book titled “Rig Vedic Studies”. He has explained that our Rig Vedic Mythology is the ancient one in the world. The Rig Vedic Myths are symbolic expressions of astronomical phenomena, both of lunar asterisms and solar movements.
The Rig Veda calendar was essentially a luni-solar one, the lunar aspects being considered as important for holy purposes, but the solar movements which determined the seasons, were also of importance to Rig Vedic people.
The Rig Veda has already adopted a system of grouping together the stars in the lunar zodiac in the pictorial form, such as that of a bull, scorpion, eagle etc.
The origin of the concept of constellational groupings in pictorial forms can be traced in Rig Veda.
According to N.P.Ramadurai, an astronomy researcher, the cycle of time referring to 24,320 human years is mentioned in the Rig Veda at about 50 places. But to read Rig Veda, ‘Grantha’ is essential.
Also to read and grasp clearly our ‘Sangam literature’ ‘Grantha’ knowledge is necessary. If we thoughtfully and magnanimously accept that our old Tamil letters are ‘Grantha’ letters, it will pave the way to realise our ancient civilization.
Also, to read philosophy, art, sculpture, medicine etc., ‘Grantha’ will be useful. It is necessary at this stage to do intensive research on the Mohenjodaro letters and our ancient languages, Sanskrit and Tamil, and, other Indian languages, to ascertain as to how the script changed over a time and new languages evolved.
In India, Tamil and Sankrit are the oldest languages and both are origin of other languages. This fact is proved by Vedas and our Tamil Sangam Literature. Great Saint Arunagiri Nadhar says in his Thirupugazh that Tamil has 51 ‘Atcharams’. Similarly, the total number of ‘Grantha’ letters is 51.
To get back the history of more than three lakh years in the past, Saptharishi calendar only will be able to provide proper and genuine assistance.
We have been able to fix the dates of history from 25th Chathur Yuga to 28th Chathur Yuga. Saptharishi Mandala has played an important role in almost all the ancient civilization of the world. It is the pivotal point of all astronomical calculations and observations.
N.P.Ramadurai, with my assistance, has found and established that the Saptha Rishi Mandala takes only 2,187 years to make one complete circle through all the 27 asterisms.
He was able to establish that Chathur Yuga comprises only 12,160 years.
I conclude with a request to all the great Tamil scholars, eminent astronomers and mathematical experts to join together in this noble research to establish the glory of Tamil language and Tamil race to the whole world.
At present, no civilisation, as known to current history, existed in the Tamil lands of South India around 9,000 BC. Yet the discovery of the U-shaped structure by India’s marine archaeologists leads us to seriously consider that it was the work of a civilisation that archaeologists had failed to identify as its ruins lie submerged so deep beneath the sea. As Mr. S. R. Rao, the doyen of Indian marine archaeology, stated in February 2002, “I do not believe it is an isolated structure; further exploration is likely to reveal others around it”.
Though it is understood that no further explorations have taken place since 1995, the Boxing Day Tsunami of last year can be expected to renew interest in them. There is ample scope for socio-anthropologists, archaeologists, geologists and scholars of Tamil and Tamil history to further research the subject. Given that the First and Second Sangams were a golden age of literary, artistic and musical creativity amongst the Tamils, we are looking at a civilisation which had reached a high level of development, organisation and cultural advancement from as early as 11,000 years ago from today.