The Avvaiyars (Tamil: ஔவையார்) "respectable women" was the title of more than one poet who was active during different periods of Tamil literature. The Avvaiyar were some of the most famous and important female poets of the Tamil canon. Abithana Chintamani states that there were three female poets titled Avvaiyar.
Among them, Avvaiyar I lived during the Sangam period (c. 1st and 2nd century CE) and had cordial relation with the Tamil chieftains Paari and Athiyaman. She wrote 59 poems in the Puṟanāṉūṟu.
Avvaiyar II lived during the period of Kambar and Ottakoothar during the reign of the Chola dynasty in the 13th century. She is often imagined as an old and ... more »
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Break But Do Not Bend
Would a pillar of granite, When it is over-burdened bend or buckle at any point rather than splinter and fall?
O ye troublesome stomach of mine! You are not agreeing to forgo
O King, is There Anything Unattainable
O king, is there anything unattainable To them who intensely contemplate On the fragrant feet of the son Of Ummaiyal, of sweet and comely speech?
Cool, Fragrant Lotus Feet
Cool, fragrant lotus feet with anklets tinkling sweet, gold girdle, flower-soft garment setting off the comely hips,
Worth Four Crores
Not crossing the threshold of those that disrespect you is worth a crore indeed;
Just because your brother and sister are born in line with you, do not expect them to be supportive relatives;
Real vision is that which sees the One only beyond the many;
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