Facts and history of poet Kambar

In this article, I will give the facts and history of poet Kambar. I will give the details about his birth place and his contributions through his songs and epics. Also I will share few things about his epic called “Kamba Ramayana”.

Introduction of Poet Kambar's birth place:

He had born in the village called Therazhundur which is in Thanjavur district of Tamilnadu. The place he had lived is called Kambarmedu. This place was very hilly once. But now the place is not hilly, because of a reason that people have found many treasures and gold coins there and so many people started digging that place to find treasures. The place is moreover flat now. Even the government in Tamilnadu has banned the act of digging in that place to conserve that historical place.

Search of the secrets:

Kambarmedu was actually hilly place. Due to heavy rain and flood, some of the treasures it has were disclosed. Then people started coming to that place and were digging for treasures and gold coins. A researcher called Narayana babu came there and started researching the place and he is the one who found that Kambarmedu is the birth place of Kavichakravarthy Kambar. He found that the treasures and gold coins are the gifts of Kambar received from the kings.

Story of Kambar's birth:

There is a story popularly known to by everybody in that place. The story starts in the chaos of kingdom in Kambainadu (which is a place of kingdom). King was killed and people started going out of the kingdom due to fear. The queen was also started going from the kingdom.
The queen was pregnant in that time. But somehow she had managed to escape and reached a kali temple in the place called Therazhundur where Kambar was born to the queen. Then the priest of the kali temple took the Kambar and brought up the child. At the age of 12, he was appointed as the bodyguard to that place. Then he had written many songs and epics.

Kambar's Epic:

Kambar had written many epics, but the interesting and most popular one is “Kamba Ramayana”. The original version of the Epic “Ramayana” was written by Valmiki. Kambar has studied the entire “Valmiki Ramayana” and started translating into Tamil version which is called as “Kamba Ramayana”. It is very longest one with many songs in it. He had written this “Kamba Ramayana” within 15 days with no sleep. Many kings had read this “Kamba Ramayana” and gave gifts and gold coins to him. He brought all the gold coins and gifts from the king and used to bury them in his birth place.
He loved Amaravathi who is a daughter of the king at that time. Due to this he had sacrificed his son Ambikapathi. Then he started to move away from that place due to the same king.

Kambar to the people of Tamilnadu:

Kambar contributed his epics, songs and all historical things happened in 11th century to the people of Tamilnadu. That is the reason people of Tamilnadu didn't forget him even now. In some places, he is considered as god and kept his idols in the temple to worship. People believe him as a god. All the literatures, cultural and traditional things of Tamil are known to today's generation people is from his songs and epics.

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Guest Author: kk17 Jul 2012

"He loved Amaravathi who is a daughter of the king at that time."

Nope! His son Ambikapathy loved Amaravathy, not he. The rest of the articles looks great. Thank you for the info. good job.

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