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जानेवारी २०११च्या सुमारास या पानाला विकिपीडियावरील इतर कोणत्याही पानावरुन दुवे नव्हते. या पानावरील माहितीशी सुसंगत पानांवरुन येथे दुवे द्या आणि मग हा साचा काढून टाका.

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ह्या लेखाचा/विभागाचा इंग्रजी किंवा अमराठी भाषेतून मराठी भाषेत भाषांतर करावयाचे बाकी आहे. अनुवाद करण्यास आपलाही सहयोग हवा आहे. ऑनलाईन शब्दकोश आणि इतर सहाय्या करिता भाषांतर प्रकल्पास भेट द्या.

मणिमेकलै (तमिळः மணிமேகலை), written by Seethalai Saathanar, is one of the masterpieces of Tamil literature and is considered as one of the five great epics of Tamil literature. Manimekalai is a sequel to Silapathikaram and tells the story of the daughter of Kovalan and Madhavi.

मणिमेकलैची कथा[संपादन]

As a continuation of Silappatikaram (तमिळ: சிலப்பதிகாரம்), this epic describes how Manimekalai, the daughter of Kovalan and Madhavi, followers of Jainism, takes up social service as the primary aim of her life and how she sacrifices her entire life for the same cause.

Manimekalai is set in both तमिळ नाडु and in Nainatheevu, Jaffna Peninsula in modern श्रीलंका. The story runs as follows. Manimekalai is on the verge of marrying a prince, when she is abducted and taken to an island "Manipallava Theevu" by her fairy God Mother known as "Manimegala Theivam". There she comes across "Arughar" (also known as Rishabha or Adinath) and she acquires the enchanted "aaputhiran kai amutha surabhi" - a cornucopia bowl. She uses this bowl to feed "Kayasandigai" (first in line), a cursed Yaksha (fairy) who is suffering from "Yaanai (Elephant) - Thee (Fire)" disease - an eating disorder caused due to excessive desire to eat. After this, Manimekalai is brought back to तमिळ नाडु, where she uses her bowl to feed the needy.

वाखाणण्याजोगे गुण[संपादन]

Manimekalai - The daughter of Kovalan and Madhavi, who was born with bravery and virtues.

Udhayakumaran - The Chola King, who was madly in love with Manimekalai. He was a foolish king, who wanted things done the way he wanted them to be done.

Sudhamadhi - Manimekalai's most faithful and trustworthy friend.


  • Manimekalai - M.D.Raghavan
  • [१](Article on the prosody and poetics of the epic Tamil classical poem in Rama and Ravana at the Altar of Hanuman: on Tamils, Tamil Literature & Tamil Culture, by T.Wignesan, first published in Buddhism in Tamil Nadu: Collected Papers, Institute of Asian Studies, Chennai, India)