Political Ideas as Gleaned From Muththollayiram


R. Subramanian
Department of History, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar, Tamil Nadu, India.
Department of History, Thiru Kolanjiyappar Govt.Arts College, Vriddachalam.606001. TamilNadu, India.


Muththollayiram is considered to be one of the greatest works of Tamil literature. This work seems to consist of 2700 songs dealing with the pride and dignity of the Chera, Chola and Pandya rulers respectively in 900 each. That is why it is named as Muththollayiram. This work consists of two parts namely agam and puram. It is not only the best Tamil literary work but also a very good historical source. It is a very good source to trace the history of the Chera, Chola and Pandya rulers. This work is providing us with information regarding the flags, Symbols, Capital city, Conquests and details regarding the ruler, his valour, charity and character. The work Muththollayiram belongs to the kalabara period. But the authorship of this work cannot be fixed up accurately. It is a highly valuable poem from the point of the view of the historian. Thus we can conclude that even though the age and authorship of this work is not known, we can relay to a greater extent for historical studies.