Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Red is the color of ruby, which reminds me the story of Kannagi, who epitomizes chastity. She is the central character of the Tamil epic, Silapathikaram.
Rage transformed her persona to a glowing ember
Ethereal she seemed; Soon Madurai burned
Doomed was the city with only charred remnants after the fire.
Silapathikaram, one of the greatest epics of Tamil Nadu was composed by Elangovadigal.
The legend says that Kannagi, wife of Kovalan, cursed the king of Madurai [a city in Tamil Nadu, India] for putting her husband to death under the impression that Kovalan had stolen the anklet of the Queen. The Queen’s anklet, though similar to Kannagi’s, was inlaid with pearls whereas Kannagi’s had rubies in them. Without realizing this, the King ordered Kovalan to be beheaded. Embittered by the death of her husband, Kannagi rushes to the court and breaks her anklet to show the rubies inlaid on them. The king and queen die of shame, and the city of Madurai is reduced to ashes under the curse of Kannagi.
Theme Thursday- Red
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