Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Murukan Worship in Sri Lanka:New Archaeological Evidence

Recent archaeological findings highlight the fact that the long-established history of the Sri Lankan Tamils should be reviewed. This archaeological result and the pertaining new perspective are of significance in two respects.
1.      Though the belief of employing archaeological evidences in chronological studies is in cause for a time-consuming in Sri Lanka, there has been a propensity to associate the archaeological emblems pertaining to Tamils with the Tamils from Tamil Nadu who used stay Sri Lanka then and on rather than relating them with the Tamils living in Sri Lanka.
2.      While these archaeological findings serve to support that the conventional history of Sri Lankan Tamils was subjected to the sway of Tamil Nadu and evolved, they help to prove that an individual background of theirs originated and flourished in Sri Lanka. 
Yaudheya coinage of Punjab (300-340 AD): Karttikeya footing in front of, holding scepter; peacock on right. In Brahmi: 'Yaudheya Ganasya Jaya' (Victory to the Yaudheya people). Reverse: Goddess footing with hand on hip, wearisome translucent item of clothing.
  Gupta Age coins deporting peacock image
A coin from Akkurugoda in southern Sri Lanka registers the figure of a mayil (Skt. mayura) 'peacock' on frontage and the name mahācattan in Brahmi character on reverse.
Coin issued by the Tamil rulers of Nallūr in Jaffna who ruled during 13th-17th century A.D. The obverse shows the figure or head of a king and the reverse illustrates a Nandi (bull vehicle of Siva) with a peacock facing the Nandi and the word setu, appearing below the bull.
Murukan replaces the peacock.
Coin on the observe illustrates a moon above with a peacock facing to the right below. The reverse shows in addition to the letters 'kan' the emblem of javelin and the feet of a man.
Coin showing a snake along with the peacock, both emblems of Murukan. The human figure may indicate the donor-king or Murukan himself.

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