History of Tiruvavaduthurai
T. N. Ganapathy
THIRUVAVADUTHURAI-P-PURANAM: V. R. Madhavan Editor; pub. by the International Institute of Tamil Studies, Taramani, Chennai-600113. Rs. 250.
THIS WORK, of which only a single copy was available in palm-leaf manuscript form in Tamil, has been brought out in print due to the tireless effort of V.R. Madhavan of Tamil University, Thanjavur.
It is a `Sthala Varalaru' (history of a religious place) of Tiruvavaduthurai, comprising 2560 verses in 68 chapters with descriptive and explanatory notes. Saattiram Saminatha Munivar wrote the work about 300 years ago. It also contains details about Tirumular and Konganar.
The editor's introduction, running to nearly 50 pages, is informative and instructive. The difficulties involved in transcribing Tamil palm-leaf manuscripts are many.
He is to be congratulated for successfully overcoming the difficulties and bringing out the book, which is illuminating and informative.
The index of verses and terms at the end of the work will be useful to researchers.
The work which is the 50th one brought out by Madhavan in his 50th year is itself a fitting tribute to him as an editor and scholar of Tamil manuscripts.
The text also known as `Turaicai-p-puranam' is a welcome addition to the `Sthala Purana' literature in Tamil.
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