Ramayana in Sangam literature

Ramayana in Sangam literature 1.kadunter iraaman udanpun.ar seetaiyaivalittakai arakkan vavviya jnaanr-ainilamcer madaran.i kan.d.a kurangincemmukap perunkil.ai izhaippolindaa anguaar-aa a varunakai yinidu per-r-ikume (Pur-anaanoor-u paadal 378) 

When Arakkan Ravana abducted Sita who came with Rama, the ornaments removed from her body and thrown by her to the ground, the monkey families adorned themselves erratically with these ornaments. People enjoyed seeing this sight. 2.venve_r- kavuniyar tonmudu ko_d.imuzhangirum pauvam iranku mun tur-aivelpo_r iraaman arumar-aikku avittapal veezh aalam po_lao_viyavintanr-aal iv azhunkaloore (Akanaanoor-u paadal 70) 

Before Sri Rama embarked upon his journey to Sri Lanka, he sat below a big banyan tree on the banks of the sacred Setu (tiruvan.aikkarai) and was engrossed in conversation with his friends. The birds on the banyan tree were chirping. Sri Rama stopped the chirping by his command. 3.Tennavan vayaniya tunnarun tuppir-Tonmudu kadavul. Pinnar me_ya (Maduraikkaanji, Lines 40, 41) 

The word, ‘tennavan’ denotes Ravana. The word, ‘kadavul.’ denotes agastya muni. Agastya muni exiled Ravana from Podiya mountain. The message is that Ravana was driven away without enabling him to rule Tamilnadu. 4. imaiyavil vaangiya i_jncadai andan.anUmaiyamarndu uyarmalai irundanna_gaAiyiru talaiyin arakkar ko_ma_nTodippoli tadakkaiyir- ki_zhppukuttam malaiEd.ukkal cella_du uzhappavan po_la (Kalittokai paadal 38) 

In the Himalayas, S’iva was seen with Umadevi. Then, the leadere of arakkar, the ten-headed Ravana inserted his hand to lift up that Himalayas. He felt sad that he was not able to dislodge it with his empty hand.  5.Indiran poocai; ival. Akalikai; ivan cenr-a kavutaman; cinanur-ak kalluru onr-iya padiyidu ennurai ceyvo_rum (Paripaadal paadal 19) In our Tirupparankunr-am cittiramandapam (gallery), a painting about Akalikai caapam is seen. 

There are many such references in ancient Tamil literature about Ramayana. These selections are only from Sangam literature and are compiled by Shri K.C. Lakshminarayanan.

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