I am reminded of an ancient poem about the fictitious elephant owned by one of my ancestors, Perunkilli Valavan. This elephant was supposed to have one leg in Lanka, one leg in Thanjavur, one in Kanchi, and the fourth in Urayur (present day Trichy).
Two of the guards pushed one of the tiger cages to a side, using a system of pulleys and wheels. They then pulled up a trap door closed with a heavy stone slab. Steps led down to the dungeon.
“Apparently, someone named Vandhiyathevan, a Vaanarkula warrior from Thiruvallam, in Thondainaadu. My brother-in-law has sent men all over the country to capture the spy.”
“Dead people can be more cruel than living people. In recent times, the ghost of the dumb girl has begun haunting me. I am not even sure if you will believe this, Kundavai.”
That was when that the warrior realised that the girl was deaf and dumb. The warrior’s heart broke. Yet, his love for the girl increased. He did not feel that the loss of the two senses was significant. Her expressive eyes compensated for them.”
img src: dlife.com There was a sound of marching boots of cavalry coming from near. There was a sound of opening and closing of the
Dilapitated Mandapam near Patteeswaram temple (img src: gcmouli.com) The path was dark and it took some effort for Vandiyathevan to follow her. At one point,
Thanjavur Fort walls (img src: highwayonlyway.com) With the two guards for company, Vandiyathevan started his tour of the Thanjavur fort. He knew that the two
Painting on the Thanjavur temple walls (src: flickr:asienman) He heard the Chinna Pazhuvettarayar and his entourage approaching the palace. An idea struck him. He moved
Paintings inside the Thanjavur Big Temple. Src: IndiaTravelPictures The Commander led the young man back to the main hall where he had first met him.