Last night my hubby showed me a post on kumari kandam which was on his facebook time line( we have a combined facebook profile). I then decided to do a search on this article and all i could find. So let me put here below what the fuss is about
It used to be one huge land mass to the south of today’s Indian peninsula extending from Kanyakumari in the north, and its sides touching as far to the west as Madagascar and as far to the east as Australia.This huge continent of the Tamil people was called Kumari Kandam or the Lemuria continent that was swallowed by the seas, and eventually lost forever
Here is a snap shot of the view shown in History Channel
I am quite suprised that most of google searches that came out were from blogs rather where the authors were Tamilians.I must admit, I did not agree with some of the arguments they presented, but they were very compelling. I then later came to this blog which mentioned one of the theories which i agree to some extend scientifically.
“The idea of Lemuria was invented due to the influence of the then prevailing mood in the scientific community. Philip Sclator, who discovered Lemuria, was doing research on animals and their habitat. Greatly influenced by Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, he was engaged in research in Madagascar Islands in the African shores of the Indian Ocean. While doing so, he discovered the similarities of the living beings there with those in India. His research was in fossils of animals in Madagascar. He found them not to have any relationship with those in nearby Africa; but related to those found in distant India. Therefore he concluded that including Madagascar, there should have been one large landscape of the Indian peninsula. On that basis he proposed the continent of Lemuria.
His theory was that the animals which lived in the same landscape got separated, during the Continental drift.
Such a separation affecting India could not have taken place in the recent thousands of years, but should have occurred Millions of years back, according to science. But seeing that old Tamil literature indicated the submerged lands of Kumari and Kollam of Thennan‘s (ancient Pandyan) country, the Tamilians started clinging to the Lemuria theory and are still holding on to it. Multi discipline scientific researches, however, indicate that such a large landscape could not have got submerged. If one land mass submerges, another will raise elsewhere. Examining the contours of Indian Ocean it is inferred that it would take hundreds of thousands of years for such a large landmass to get submerged.
Today Science has already discarded Lemuria theory as an improbable one. But Tamilians are still holding on to that theory. Perhaps, if they try to understand how Madagascar and India were connected, there could be a change of heart.”
The final thoughts by the author on this issue is written below
The point that is made out from this is that various people of various regions in the submerged lands of Tamils were connected with the rest of India.There was no continent of Lemuria in the Indian Ocean. On one section of the Indian Ocean, the submerged Kumari or Malaya mountain enabled people to move from Madagascar to Western ghat to and fro.
The regions scattered on the Indian Ocean were not called as Kumari- kandam in any ancient Tamil text. There is reference only to the Kumari mountain range. There was a Kumari river in the ancient land of Pandyans. There is repeated reference to Pandyans as Southerners (Thennan or Thennavan) making us think that they lived in the region south of the Equator. There is a connection between Kumari and Southern hemisphere. In Sanskrit language, Southern region and South Pole were called asKumeru while North and North Pole were called as Sumeru. Kumari is perhaps a transformation ofKumeru which indicated south.
By this name it is deduced that Kumari extended to Deep South where we can locate the SouthMadurai that existed before the 1st Great Floods that occurred at the end of Ice Age. That period calculated on the basis of number of years for all the 3 Sangam Assemblages (Tamil literary assemblages) as told by the 10th century Nakkeeranaar in his commentary to Irayanar kalaviyal, puts the beginning of Sangam age at 12000 years before present. That was the time Tamil was refined with grammar.”
The above are some of the reasons why i agree with the author. You may disagree with the author above and i would love to hear your suggestions and feedback on this Kumari Kandam story.