Other Festivals Too.

Vidyasankar Sundaresan vidya at cco.caltech.edu
Mon Apr 7 19:00:30 UTC 1997

On Sun, 6 Apr 1997, JAYABARATHI wrote:


> The Medeival Tamils followed the Solar calender more faithfully.
> In the Chola and Pandya inscriptions, we find that the Tamil months were actually named after the Signs of the 
> Zodiac.
> When the Sun was in Aries i.e. MEsha, The corresponding Tamil month was called MEda NyAyiRu..Taurus(Rishabha) 
> =Idaba NyAyiRu.; Pisces = MIna NyAyiRu.

The Malayalam calender still names its months meDam, iDavam etc. As in
many other things, Malayalam speaking people have preserved more of this
Tamil heritage than contemporary Tamil speakers. 


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