About Thamiraparani


Thamiraparani is the name of the River (Syn: Tamaraparani,Tamirabarani, Thamiravaruni) that bisects the city of Tirunelveli in which the Tirunelveli Medical College is located. This river originates from the famous Agastyarkoodam peak in the Western Ghat Ranges of southern Indian peninsula, and flows through Tirunelveli &Tuticorin districts of the state of Tamil Nadu. It was called the Tamraparni River in olden days and it is also associated with Sri Lanka (before the separation of the continental shelves). The old tamil name of the river is பொருணை (Porunai). In Mahabharatha the river is mentioned as “Listen, O son of Kunti, I shall now describe Tamraparni – In that asylum the gods had undergone penances impelled by the desire of obtaining salvation”(Mahabaratha Online). Bishop R. Caldwell, in his book, A History of Tinnevelly writes “Tamara means, red, parani means parana, a tree which has leaves”- meaning a tree with red leaves. Tamiraparani was the old name of the present Sri Lanka which was called in olden days as Tambrabane a possible anthropological intercourse of the land and the river. But ancient sanskrit literature interpret the name Tamiraparani as Tamiram (Copper) + Varuni (stream or river) – bed of the river is of red soil and when the water flows on the red soil it gives a copper like appearance. Ptolemy’s (Greek Scholar) refers to this river as Solen. The river is a confluence of Mayilar, Karaiyar, Paamabar, Peyar, Servalar, Manimuthar, Gadananadhi, Jambunadhi, Ramanadhi and Pachaiyar River. The news letter is named “Thamiraparani” to highlight the culture, tradition and history of this city – a south Indian rural community that was at the forefront of the national movement of independence in our country, and was once called the Oxford of South India by the british colonial powers as the city had the biggest educational campuses in South India


We have a tradition of literary and socio-cultural interactions since inception and some of our students have become great orators and some have proceeded to become political leaders of substance and prowess. In the legacy and to improve on the soft skills of our students we have launched this portal to give space to our enrolled graduate students  and residents to engage in non technical writing — writing that could engage their souls and hearts. What is most striking in Tirunelveli is the smell of raw fertile soil, trees and pure air. What really marked us as students was the innocence of its citizens, and a remarkable sense of self reliance and esteem for the land and its resources. Now after 50 years, Tirunelveli remains the same. It has not allowed the rapid urbanization to take over its natural ambience and is still a place to be. This tradition is what has imbibed in us and is the reason to call our news letter THAMIRAPARANI

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