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The Avvaiyars (Tamil: ஔவையார்) "respectable women" was the title of more than one poet who was active during different periods of Tamil literature. The Avvaiyar were some of the most famous and important female poets of the Tamil canon. Abithana Chintamani states that there were three female poets titled Avvaiyar.
Among them, Avvaiyar I lived during the Sangam period (c. 1st and 2nd century CE) and had cordial relation with the Tamil chieftains Paari and Athiyaman. She wrote 59 poems in the Puṟanāṉūṟu.
Avvaiyar II lived during the period of Kambar and Ottakoothar during the reign of the Chola dynasty in the 13th century. She is often imagined as an old and ... more »
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Avvaiyar PoemsReal Freedom
is that which sees
the One only
beyond the many;... more »
Break But Do Not Bend
Would a pillar of granite,
When it is over-burdened
bend or buckle at any point
rather than splinter and fall?... more »
O King, Is There Anything Unattainable
O king, is there anything unattainable
To them who intensely contemplate
On the fragrant feet of the son
Of Ummaiyal, of sweet and comely speech?... more »
Just because your brother and sister
are born in line with you,
do not expect them
to be supportive relatives;... more »
O ye troublesome
stomach of mine!
You are not agreeing
to forgo... more »
Worth Four Crores
Not crossing the threshold
of those that disrespect you
is worth a crore indeed;... more »
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