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Poompuhar : Ravages Of The Present

History here survives in stray museum pieces, the rest is kitsch.

Poompuhar : Ravages Of The Present
Poompuhar : Ravages Of The Present
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Legend, though, attributes the city's destruction to the fury of the goddess Manimekhalai at the ruling Chola king, who forgot to celebrate the annual festival of Indra, god of rain and thunder. Spectacular revenge of the gods, this. What's left now is pathetic little. Almost a negation that there ever was anything glorious upon this land.

Soon after Sirkali, I expect to see signposts pointing to Poompuhar but there are none; we have to stop and ask at every village. Surely we can't miss it. After all, the Tamil Nadu government has adopted it as some sort of official symbol. The state handicrafts development corporation is named Poompuhar in official recognition of the grandeur and splendour of Tamil history. But that's just our love for symbols. Nothing needs to be real, tangible. Street names, statues, holidays—they suffice to show we are serious about our history, culture, our past.

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