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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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AS we drive deeper south, following the coastline, with the Bay of Bengal on our left, the signs of the havoc wreaked by the recent cyclone are unmistakable. More than 2,000 years ago, some such similar tempest of relentless fury is thought to have whipped up tidal waves of such magnitude that they swallowed up what was then the flourishing port-city of Poompuhar.

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...
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