Palaniappa at AOL.COM
Fri Aug 11 02:56:28 UTC 2006
There is a Classical Tamil poet whose name appears in many manuscripts as
Kaamakka.n.ni. A modern commentator, Auvai Turaicaamip Pi.l.lai has corrected
this name into Kaamakkaa.ni and explained this as referring to a person who
has performed a kaamya sacrifice and received a land grant called kaa.ni in
Tamil. Some scholars have accepted this correction. For instance, George Hart
has followed Pi.l.lai in giving the name of the author of a poem in "The Four
Hundred Songs of War and Wisdom" (p. 163) as Kaamakkaa.ni.
However, my analysis of Tamil inscriptions suggests that Kaamakkaa.ni is the
Tamil rendition of the Sanskrit gotra name Kaamakaayana and has nothing to
do with any land grant. We have a parallel in a gotra name rendered in Tamil
as Paataa.ni which seems to represent Sanskrit Bhaadraayana gotra.
I would appreciate any information on variants of the gotra names
Kaamakaayana and Bhaadraayana attested in other texts or inscriptions.
Thanks in advance.
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