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 ?????????????????? (Porunai). In Mahabharatha the river is mentioned as Tamiraparani - And, O Yudhishthira, in the country of the Pandyas ....... 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. In that region also is the lake of Gokarna which is celebrated over the three worlds, hath an abundance of cool waters, and is sacred, auspicious, and capable, O child, of producing great merit. That lake is extremely difficult of access to men of unpurified souls. Near to that tirtha is the sacred asylum of Agastya's disciple, the mountain Devasabha, which abounds in trees and grass, and fruits and roots. And there also is the Vaiduryya mountain, which is delightful abounding in gems and capable of bestowing great merit. There on that mountain is the asylum of Agastya abounding in fruits and roots and water.........'".(The Mahabharata; Book 3: Vana Parva;Kisari Mohan Ganguli, tr.;[1883-1896];Aranyaka Parva). 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. When I was a child, and I used to visit the city of tirunelveli, what was most striking to me is the smell of raw fertile soil, trees and pure air. What really marked me was the innocence of its citizens, and a remarkable sense of self reliance and esteem for the land and its resources. Now after 40years, 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.
Staff Editorial Advisor
FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK
Thamiraparani, the monthly E-Newsletter from the Students Council of TVMC will cover a wide range of issues in the happening world, and in the campus. This will help us to communicate with the TVMCian community and also serve as a platform for the students to express themselves. This venture calls for the whole hearted participation of all of TVMC. Lets make it a success.