Ilango Adigal

(300-700 / Kerala / India)

Biography of Ilango Adigal

Ilango Adigal poet

Ilango Adigal (Tamil: இளங்கோ அடிகள்) was a Tamil poet and a Jain monk, who was instrumental in the creation of Silappathikaram, one of the five great epics of Tamil Literature. Prince Ilango was the brother of Chera king Cheran Chenguttuvan (in modern day Kerala), in South India. Ilango Adigal was born in the Chera dynasty that ruled parts of what is now known as Kerala, but formed part of the Tamil Land. According to a legend, an astrologer predicted that he would become the ruler of the land and to obviate such a happening, especially when his elder brother the rightful heir was alive, the prince became a Jain monk taking the name of Ilango Adigal, Adigal indicating that he had became a Jain monk.

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