Kashi Tamil Sangamam begins Thursday: What is the ancient connect between Kashi and the Tamil land?

Source: The post is based on the article “Kashi Tamil Sangamam begins Thursday: What is the ancient connect between Kashi and the Tamil land?” published in Indian Express on 16th November 2022

What is the News?

The centre will be organizing a one-of-its-kind event called ‘Kashi-Tamil Sangamam’ in Varanasi with an aim to reestablish age-old links between the cultures of Varanasi and Tamil Nadu.

What is Kashi-Tamil Sangamam?

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Significance: This programme is in sync with the National Education Policy, 2020 which emphasizes “on nurturing a generation that is modern and in sync with the 21st-century mindset, while being rooted in the Indian culture and ethos”.

What is the history of ties between Kashi and Tamil Nadu?

The ancient connection between the two centres of knowledge is evident in many walks of life like: 

– Many households in Tamilnadu adopted the names of Kailasanatha and Kashinatha for naming their children, like those who are living in Kashi and Uttar Pradesh. 

King Adhiveera Rama Pandiyan of the Pandya Dynasty dedicated a Shiva Temple at Tenkasi of Tamilnadu after his pilgrimage to Kashi , whose ancestors established Sivakasi. He wrote “Kashi Kandam” of Skanda Purana in Tamil poetic verses.

Saint Kumaragurupara from Sri Vaikundam, Tuthukudi District of Tamil Nadu has excelled in bargaining with the Sultanate of Kashi with audacity and drove a lion to his courtyard to get back the Kedarghat and a place for the consecration of Vishweshwara Lingam. He has written “Kashi Kalambakam” a grammatical composition of poems on Kashi. 

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