rajam rajam at earthlink.net
Wed Apr 23 15:42:25 UTC 2014

The word “sundara” is common in Tamil literature, especially in bhakthi poetry. As far as I can see, the first occurrence of it is found in the epic Cilappatikaram, as “sundara cunnam” [rendered properly as “cuntara-c cuṇṇam”] to refer to 'colorful fragrant powder' ('சுந்தரச் சுண்ணம்’).

Śiva in Madurai temple is known as “ālāla cuntarar” (or, "Alaala Sundarar”)


On Apr 23, 2014, at 7:57 AM, Harsha Dehejia <harshadehejia at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Friends~
> When dos the word sunder or saundarya first appear in our tradition?
> Kind regards.
> Harsha
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